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Hard Work

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Hard Work

A Life on and Off the Court

By Roy Williams; Tim Crothers; John Grisham (Foreword by)

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565129597, 288pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2009

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.

Saturday, Nov 14, 2009

The next time you see Roy Williams prowling the sidelines in a dapper Alexander Julian suit at University of North Carolina games, you might remember what a dime his mother left on their kitchen table once meant to him. Williams, the winningest active college basketball coach, has written the story of his life with Tim Crothers. Host Scott Simon talks to Williams about his book, Hard Work: A Life On and Off The Court. More at

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