About the Book: Hard Work chronicles Coach Williams’ unlikely path to success, from his turbulent childhood to his stellar coaching career. In an all-new Afterword, he brings us up to speed on the past two NCAA championship titles and the subsequent 2010 season, its shake-ups and 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 long tenure 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.
Over the last seven years, Coach Williams has won 205 games, including 24 in the NCAA Tournament. That’s more Final Fours, more wins, and more NCAA Tournament victories than any basketball coach in the nation. But his memoir isn’t just for basketball fans– it’s a compelling and inspiring story for anyone who’s ever aimed high.
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Praise for Hard Work:
“Coach Williams’ life story is all-out inspiring.”–Michael Jordan
“Inspiring … Engaging … [Williams] works as hard as anyone, and he knows how to tell a good story.”–Sports Illustrated
“A successful coach’s memoir … It reveals the humiliations and insecurities that have stoked Williams’ competitive fire and made him a basketball coach.”–Will Blythe, The Raleigh News & Observer
“If Roy Williams has a secret it is that he is the same person now that he was when I first met him as Dean Smith’s No. 3 assistant many, many years ago. This book is a clear reflection of that man–hard working but loyal, dogged, self-deprecating, and, at his core, one of the world’s truly good people.”–John Feinstein
“There are a few people who could better explain the value of hard work than Coach Williams. He is the epitome of the phrase… It was work that made him the success that he has become.”–John Wooden
“His story, from a small town in North Carolina to successfully running two fo the sport’s premier programs, is one that everyone who dares to dream should richly enjoy.”–Dean Smith