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Damon West

College Professor, Internationally Known Keynote Speaker, Best-Selling Author of The Coffee Bean: A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change

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Damon West, M.S. Criminal Justice, is a college professor, internationally known keynote speaker and best-selling author of The Coffee Bean: A simple Lesson to Create Positive Change. His first book and autobiography, The Change Agent: How a Former College QB Sentenced to Life in Prison Transformed His World, was published just three years after his release from a Texas maximum-security prison.

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Bio

Sentenced to sixty-five years in a Texas prison, Damon West once had it all.

Damon West, M.S. Criminal Justice, is a college professor, nationally known keynote speaker and best-selling author (with best-selling author and motivational speaker Jon Gordon) of The Coffee Bean: A simple Lesson to Create Positive Change. His first book and autobiography, The Change Agent: How a Former College QB Sentenced to Life in Prison Transformed His World, was published just three years after his release from a Texas maximum-security prison.

At 20 years old, he was a Division 1 starting quarterback at the University of North Texas, when he suffered a career ending injury. He turned to hard core drugs to cope with the disappointments of life. After graduation, he worked in the United States Congress, was a national fundraiser on a U.S. Presidential campaign and eventually trained to be a stockbroker for United Bank of Switzerland (UBS). One day at UBS, he was introduced to methamphetamines; he became instantly hooked—and the lives of so many innocent people would forever be changed by the choices he made in order to feed his insatiable meth habit.

After a fateful discussion during his incarceration with a seasoned convict, Damon had a spiritual awakening. He learned that, like a coffee bean changing with the application of heat and pressure, he was capable of changing the environment around him. Armed with a program of recovery, a renewed faith, and a miraculous second chance at life, Damon emerged from over seven years of prison a changed man. His story of redemption, grit and determination continues to inspire audiences today.

Today, Damon lives a life of recovery and service, going to meetings and sharing his story all over the country with schools, church's, athletic teams, corporations, conferences and inside correctional facilities. Over the past few years, he has been sharing the Coffee Bean lesson with dozens of college football teams such as Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, and Texas, and countless schools and businesses. His #BeACoffeeBean message has inspired thousands from Walmart to the US Army to the NBA.

Damon’s story has been featured both nationally and globally. His second book, The Coffee Bean, co-authored with best-selling author Jon Gordon, became an instant best-seller and a part of Forbes’ “Top Twenty Books You Need to Read to Crush 2020.” Damon is passionate about the Coffee Bean message and loves sharing how it changed his life and how it can
change yours, too.

His latest book, The Coffee Bean for Kids, is the genesis for Coffee Bean Clubs being started by students at schools all over America.

Speech Topics

Damon West’s book The Change Agent: How a Former College QB Sentenced to Life in Prison Transformed His World, was published just three years after his release from a Texas maximum security prison. In this speech, Damon explains:



  • Your past does not define you

  • You are more capable than you think you are

  • Hope

  • Be the change you want to see in the world

  • If it is to be it is up to me

  • Recovery is possible


Damon West once had it all. He came from a great family, in a home full of God, love, support, and opportunities to reach any goal. A natural born leader, an athlete with good looks and charm, After a fateful discussion during his incarceration with a seasoned convict, Damon had a spiritual awakening. He learned that, like a coffee bean changing with the application of heat and pressure, he was capable of changing the environment around him. Armed with a program of recovery, a renewed faith, and a miraculous second chance at life, Damon emerged from over seven years of prison a changed man. His story of redemption continues to inspire audiences today.


Damon’s keynote speeches can be tailored to the needs of your audience.


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    How to have difficult conversations: ‘The Locker Room’ discusses discrimination, cancel culture

    See video here. Damon West, a Professor of Criminal Justice at The University of Houston Downtown, and a nationally known keynote speaker, appeared on KPRC 2+ Monday to discuss his new book, THE LOCKER ROOM: How Great Teams Heal Hurt, Overcome Adversity and Build Unity. West co-authored the book with motivational speaker and character development […]

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    Damon West tackles tough topics in new book

    “The Locker Room” discusses difficult issues faced by coaches and athletes in today’s society. A local motivational speaker is continuing his national success with a new book discussing difficult issues faced by coaches and athletes in today’s society. Damon West tackles tough topics in his new book “The Locker Room,” which focuses on the power […]

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    (Podcast) FELONY & FAITH | Damon West’s Road to RECOVERY

    (Ed Mylett Podcast) – 13 years ago to the day that we recorded this interview, my guest was sentenced to life in prison! Yes, life in prison for my guest Damon West.

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  • “Our players were very impressed. He did a great job of talking about servant leadership, choices and decisions and cause and effect of those decisions. I think his story is very compelling because of the sacrifices he had to make to get his life back to where it needed to be. The message about helping other people and the power of controlling yourself, what you do and what you say, is so important. I’ve never heard it said as well as what Damon did tonight.” –Nick Saban, Head Football Coach at University of Alabama

  • “Damon’s presentation rocked our entire conference. His ‘Five Ways to Be A Coffee Bean’ are where growth takes place and his message aligned perfectly with ours: ‘empower others to become the best versions of themselves.’ The entire PURE family grew today.” –Live PURE (People United Reaching Everyone)

  • “We just had a guy speak to our team tonight named Damon West. Easily one of the top most powerful messages I’ve ever heard. Unbelievable. A great story and very inspirational. A message all teams should hear.” –Dabo Swinney, Head Football Coach at Clemson University

  • “We are really pleased to be working with Damon to further AIG’s commitment to giving back and helping those most in need.” –Lucy Fato, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Global Head of Communications and Government Affairs for AIG