Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court

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Algonquin Books, Oct 11, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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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 Work¸ 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.

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Review: Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court

User Review  - Ken McDouall - Goodreads

Ol' Roy isn't going to win any writing awards any time soon, but that's OK--he wins enough basketball games! Not really such a compelling life story, but there's plenty here to interest any serious Tar Heel basketball fans. Read full review

Review: Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court

User Review  - Carson Gill - Goodreads

Roy Williams is the Men's Head basketball coach at North Carolina and the author of this book. Who knew a coach could write so well? Williams takes the reader through every phase in his life, from his ... Read full review


1 Stress
2 Angels and Demons
3 Home Games
4 A Small Fish
5 Being Like Buddy Baldwin
6 The Best Dadgum Calendar Salesman There Ever Was
7 Bigtime Ballcoachin
8 Decision Decision
12 Stress Relief
13 The 19th Hole
14 Look Homeward Angel
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C

9 Winning the Whole Blessed Thing
10 Philosophy
11 Stealing Brownies

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About the author (2011)

Writer TIM CROTHERS was for many years a Senior Writer at Sports Illustrated before returning home to Chapel Hill to teach in the School of Journalism at UNC, his alma mater. He is the author of The Man Watching, a biography of Anson Dorrance, the legendary coach of the UNC Womens Soccer Team.

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.

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