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Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court Hardcover – November 3, 2009
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What made this story fascinating was the way Williams planned his career trajectory. Knowing he wanted to be a great basketball coach, he turned down a scholarship at Georgia Tech so he could apprentice with Dean Smith of UNC. He worked all sorts of jobs to get through college. Later he worked all sorts of jobs to be on the staff with Dean Smith first as a volunteer, then as a part-time assistant.
After becoming a full time assistant coach at UNC, Roy still thought carefully about his career moves. He turned down several well-paid jobs till the right athletic director came calling from Kansas. Once established at Kansas, Roy rejected UNC's first offer to return as head coach. .
I got a little bogged down in the details of some games, because I am not a follower of these teams. My only quibble is that we don't get a sense of Coach Williams's coaching personality. He talks a little about what he said to teams in specific situations. But we don't get the same sense of personality as we do with the stories of other coaches, such as the legendary Pat Summitt. She also talks about hard work and she shows how she integrates her philosophy into the teams.
Williams's story can be viewed as a fable for career planning. Start early and stay fixed on your goal" is the message we get.
Williams found that his gambles paid off. Could he have become a big-time college coach another way? Possibly. But this path makes a great story. Recommended as a life story even if you're not a die-hard basketball fan.
After reading this book, I have a different outlook on what Coach was going through and why he wanted to leave. I think with a couple more years, he would have taken us to a NC, but it all worked out for a reason. Good luck to Coach Williams and UNC. Thanks for taking the time to write this book.
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Respect. Incredibly inspiring read to learn about the life of this southern gentlemen - rising above all obstacles. Luck = preparation+opportunity. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Stanko
This book is a great learning tool for young coaches like myself! The passion and love Roy Williams has for the game is amazing.Published 18 months ago by Coach Stephens
Williams is an interesting person and you see how his hard work brought him to the high level that he attained in coaching.Published 24 months ago by Mark Ducharme
This is a great read for any kid who dreams of playing for Coach Williams. He lets you know what he expects, what he looks for in a recruit and the style of play he expects. Read morePublished on August 26, 2014 by Reginald Leake
It is always a pleasure to gain an inside view into the thoughts and decision-making process of an incredibly successful individual. Read morePublished on August 12, 2014 by JEM