Hard Work: A Life on and Off the Court

Front Cover
Algonquin Books, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 316 pages
1 Review
Now in paperback, updated with an afterword and new photos.

One of the most respected and successful basketball coaches in the nation, Coach Roy Williams has traveled an unlikely path. In Hard WorkŁ he tells the story of his life, from his turbulent childhood through a coaching career with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. With his new afterword, Williams takes us past the two NCAA championship titles to the subsequent 2010 season, its shake-up losses, the unexpected departure of key players, and on to a new season of coaching some of the most dazzling young players in the country—and a surprising ACC championship.

Williams recounts his rough early years; his long tenure as head coach at the University of Kansas; how he recruits, teaches, and motivates his players; how he’s shepherded teams through some of the most nail-biting games at both Kansas and UNC; and how he suffered through one of the roughest seasons of his tenure and came out on the other side to be awarded 2011 ACC Coach of the Year.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

Hard Work

User Review  - marthacline - Overstock.com

This is a well written entertaining book on the life thus far of Roy Williams by the man himself.It was a present to my husband who is an UNC grad. He loved it. Since he read most of it out loud to me I feel like I have read it too. It gets excellent in all ratings. Read full review

Contents

1 Stress
1
2 Angels and Demons
11
3 Home Games
24
4 A Small Fish
38
5 Being Like Buddy Baldwin
54
6 The Best Dadgum Calendar Salesman There Ever Was
67
7 Bigtime Ballcoachin
89
8 Decision Decision
127
12 Stress Relief
221
13 The 19th Hole
236
14 Look Homeward Angel
253
Afterword
261
Acknowledgments
291
Appendix A
295
Appendix B
299
Appendix C
300

9 Winning the Whole Blessed Thing
146
10 Philosophy
165
11 Stealing Brownies
198

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

ROY WILLIAMS head coach of the University of North Carolina mens basketball team, the Tar Heels, has the highest winning percentage in NCAA history. Over the last seven years, the 58-year-old Asheville, N.C., native--who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007--has won 205 games, including 24 in the NCAA Tournament. Thats more Final Fours, more wins, and more NCAA Tournament victories than any basketball coach in the nation.

Bibliographic information