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Roy Williams, head coach of the University of North Carolina men’s 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. That’s more Final Fours, more wins, and more NCAA TourRoy Williams, head coach of the University of North Carolina men’s 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. That’s more Final Fours, more wins, and more NCAA Tournament victories than any basketball coach in the nation.Hard Work tells the story of Roy Williams’ life that few people know, in Williams’ own distinct and colorful way—his troubled upbringing, his college years, his years of trying to make ends meet before becoming a head coach. It reveals how determination took him from an impoverished home in the mountains of North Carolina to the very pinnacle of coaching success, culminating in the 2009 NCAA National Championship (his second in five years). And it pulls back the curtain on one of college basketball’s most guarded programs as witnessed by one of the most successful, dominant coaches, at the prime of his power. Coach Williams describes himself as the most competitive person on earth, admitting that he once got into a game of pool with Michael Jordan that nearly ended in a fistfight. In addition to providing a fresh look at Jordan, Hard Work will chronicle Williams’ connection with such basketball luminaries as Paul Pierce, Kirk Hinrich, Jacque Vaughn, Phil Ford, James Worthy, Sam Perkins, Sean May, and Rashad McCants, along with Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson, all of whom Williams credits with having earned him the highest winning percentage in NCAA history. Hard Work is an inspirational story of what can be achieve by  anyone who commits to a dream....

Title : Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court
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Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court Reviews

  • Becky
    2019-02-07 18:09

    It really confuses me how anyone could dislike this man. S/o to Hannah for the gift even though it goes against your good sense. :) Paige and Ashley can't wait to read it too!

  • Chloe
    2019-01-24 13:43

    I read this last week while I was at my grandparents house. I had just finished a book I brought with me and really wanted something new. I picked this up, expecting to hate it, despite the fact that my family are Tarheels fans. I don't care at all for basketball, but I found this book excellently written, with a mix of his home and on court life. He devotes more than just a PARAGRAPH (I'm looking at you, Dean Smith in "A Coach's Life") to his family, writing almost the entire book based on his relationships with his players and how he feels as a coach. For those who say: "If you're not a Tarheels fan, you won't enjoy it!" I disagree, as long as you get the basic concept of basketball (even if all you know is: the team with the most points win), you can understand and perhaps even enjoy it. The only downside is that at times, Williams spends too long on scores... :l

  • Dav
    2019-02-17 12:41

    Ok & good for you coach Williams. His skill, tenacity & brains made him great."One of the most respected and successful basketball coaches in the nation, Coach Roy Williams traveled an unlikely path to a career that boasts the highest winning percentage among all active college coaches.". . . complaints from me: the implied BS of work hard & you'll be great too. A typical SOB coach who claims to be working as hard as his players. Yeah? Then run drills with us for 2 hours.Not a great memoir but much better near the end. 4☆

  • Abe Shocket
    2019-01-28 12:08

    Easily five stars if you are a Tar Heel fan. If you like college ball and you are not in the ACC, then three stars. For you ACC fans but not a Tar Heel? Then zero stars. For Dookies, less than zero! My only complaint is that - spoiler alert - the added afterward stops with the 2011 season with Harrison Barnes. I would have loved to read about his views on Marcus Page and Kennedy Meeks plus the most recent national championship win in 2017. Go Heels!

  • Mary-margaret Ormeg
    2019-02-17 12:10

    If you love Roy Williams, you'll love this book and when you're finished you'll love Roy Williams even more. He knows grit. He lives grit. What an amazing testimony of tenacity and perseverance. I loved him already, but dadgumit, he's awesome!

  • Dave Cohen
    2019-02-06 17:01

    If you're a UNC fan, you should definitely read this. If you're a not UNC fan, you should definitely not read this.

  • Sam Stevens
    2019-01-18 11:04

    Sam StevensMr. Rich English 1010 November 2011Book Review DWilliams, Roy. Hard Work. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books, 2009. Hard Work, by Roy Williams, is a truly inspiring story of how the head coach of the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team, Roy Williams, got to where he is today. The book traces the improbable story of Roy Williams, legendary head coach of Kansas and now North Carolina. Roy's family had no money but his mother instilled values that would serve him for a lifetime. Through hard work and determination Roy overcame his struggles reach where he is today. Roy Williams grew up in a small town suburb outside of Asheville, North Carolina. He grew up without a father, therefore his mother worked two jobs to provide for the family. His family struggled to make it by, but Roy knew he had one passion, and that was basketball. To afford college Roy had to go door to door selling calendars for two years before he could afford to go to the University of North Carolina. Once he got there, he became a student assistant basketball coach under Dean Smith, and that’s when he decided he wanted to become a coach. After years of rising through the coaching ranks, Roy got his dream job, head coach at the University of North Carolina. Roy’s journey was heartwarming to me as a reader to see all that he went through as a person and succeed. The book portrays an excellent story of how one man reached his dream even with an unfortunate upbringing. Another reason I enjoyed this book was because it provided an in depth look at what it is like to be a head coach at a major university. Roy’s work ethic can inspire all readers to do just that little more to get over the top and be successful. “Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but without it you have no chance” (Williams 250). I love this quote and all that it stands for, it is very hard to get anywhere in life when you are not willing to work hard. For me as a reader I tried to apply this quote along with others into my own life. I had a great experience reading this book and it taught me a lot. It also makes me appreciate how lucky I am to have all that I have while I’m growing up. I also have embraced the fact that success comes with a high price of a lot of hard work and perseverance. Roy Williams’ writing in the book was superb and did a great job of telling his inspiring life story. Hard Work by Roy Williams is a great read for any sports fan that wants to read an inspiring story. The book is wonderfully written and drew me in as a reader immediately and lasted till the end. It shows readers nothing is given in life but you can get anywhere in life if you work hard enough.

  • LemonLinda
    2019-02-16 16:59

    Hard Work is an inspiring story detailing the life and career of our beloved coach of the North Carolina Tarheels. We see Roy as a young child growing up in Appalachia with a family struggling to make ends meet. We see him as a high school basketball star who even then thinks that his purpose in life is to become a coach. We see him as a student JV player and volunteer for UNC with great reverence for Coach Dean Smith. We see him stuggling again to make ends meet for his own family just so that he can again study and learn under Smith as a part time assistant coach. And we see how he earns Dean's admiration and trust moving on to full time assistant and finally how he moves away from the Tarheel family to Kansas where he continues the long standing tradition of excellence at the University of Kansas and grows to love that university and Lawrence almost as much as he does UNC and Chapel Hill. He takes us through the agonizing decision to turn down coming back to UNC and how he simply cannot turn them down a second time.We learn a lot about his standards, his traditions, his strategies and his love for his players and the game of basketball. For those of us who love Roy and share his love for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and all things Tarheel this is a must read. It has been on our shelves for several years and I do not know why I had not read it before this, but it was perfect that I read it now. Go Heels!!!

  • Alex
    2019-02-14 11:06

    Roy Williams’ book, Hard Work: A Life on and Off the Court, was about one of the most inspirational and most successful coach’s journey to the Hall of Fame. It started when Roy was 15 and he was voted MVP of his basketball and baseball team freshman year. It was then that Roy realized how much knowledge he had of the game. Roy ended up walking on at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he learned more about the coaching circuit through his 4 years there. Roy then asked for an assistant coach job, which started off his coaching career when eventually became the head coach at the University of Kansas. Even though the book was an autobiography, it still had some very thrilling moments and some very detailed stories of his childhood, giving you the Goosebumps. The author uses some explicit language when describing his childhood, and he uses several different basketball terms, if you don’t understand much about basketball this might not be the book for you. Although if you do have knowledge and understand the game of basketball or basketball terms it is a very enjoyable read. If you liked the book, Shaquille O’Neal Uncut, by Jackie MacMullan you will enjoy Hard Work by Roy Williams, because they’re both autobiographies about basketball players/coaches and their transition to the NCAA and NBA.

  • Michelle Connolly
    2019-02-04 17:57

    Hard Work: A Life ON and Off the Court chronicles the life of famed college basketball coach Roy Williams. Coach Williams began his life extremely poor, but he did not let that stop him. He worked incredibly hard throughout high school, especially on his sports teams, and scraped together a way to pay for college at his state's university, UNC. He was extremely lucky to be mentored by the man, the myth, the legend Coach Dean Smith. Coach Williams eventually left the program only to build up a championship caliber team, Kansas. After a successful run there he returned to his alma mater UNC, where he remains today. I was interested in this book because every summer my basketball team goes down for a three day camp at UNC, last year I even saw one of their star players on the way to my game! I picked it up because I wanted to be able to recognize the coach if I saw him. This was a great decision on my part,this book was fantastic and give great insight into one of college's elite coaching minds. It was incredible to hear how Coach Williams started from practically nothing and build up a championship program in Kansas only to heartbreakingly leave to coach at his favorite school the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I would strongly recommend this book to any basketball or sports fan, it is a great quick and enjoyable read.

  • Joseph
    2019-01-28 16:00

    Hard Work is a story about the life of Roy Williams. He is one of the best coaches that I have ever seen. He knows exactly how to coach a team. He is one of the hardest working coaches in all of college basketball. He is a future hall of famer. I liked this book a lot. I like how he worked for everything that he got and he worked hard. I like how the book tells you evrey player that he ever coached when he was a Division I college basketball coach. It was just a vrey good, well written book. There wasn't really anything that I didn't like about the book. It had some boring parts to it, but that didn't ruin the whole book. It was a really good book with not many bad parts in it. I would recommend this book to all basketball fans, coaches and players. They should read it to see how hard they need to work and what examples they can follow. It would help people realize just how much effort it takes to succeed in basketball. I really enjoyed reading this book. It helped me to view him in a different way. The book showed how he pushed towards his goal and refused to settle for anything less. It made a big impression on me that he was willing to work to get things done. That is the difference between him and most Americans.

  • Justin
    2019-02-14 14:49

    First of all, ever since I finished reading this book, the Heels have been in a total tailspin. And Roy himself has been struggling, crying in press conferences and the like. I blame myself for all of this, as I am sure by reading this book I somehow cursed the Heels.Putting all that aside, I enjoyed reading my signed copy of Hard Work (thanks Milly and Matt). I learned some things and I feel like I understand Roy a lot better than I did before reading the book. Hard Work is written at about a third-grade level (as expected) and there are no surprises at all throughout the book. Also as predicted, Roy throws corny jargon all over the place, talks about himself in the third person routinely (using the colloquial "Ole Roy"), and is generally annoying. Having said all that, I understand why he is the way he is a lot better and he explained well some of the more frustrating aspects of his coaching. Not a waste of time.

  • Carson Gill
    2019-01-26 11:55

    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 childhood days to his most recent days. Williams went through many trying times in his life. His dad was not an active part of his life; His childhood family was very low class; When he first got married his income was the lowest of lows; Ever since he started coaching, the stress-free days have been few and far between. I was able to empathize with Williams through each and every trying time in his life that he mentioned. However, Williams tries to convey that with hard work, you can overcome any obstacle in your life and reach your dream. That's what lead him to his dream: Being the head basketball coach for North Carolina men. This book teaches many life lessons that you don't want to miss.

  • Ivis
    2019-02-02 15:54

    Interesting account of the hardscrabble upbringing and endless drive of Roy Williams, UNC's basketball coach. I didn't know he comes from a background as poor and troubled as that of some of his players. Despite having a papa best described by the song "Papa Was a Rolling Stone", one of those "from pillar to post" childhoods, and not much money, he ended up president of his high school class and dating a cheerleader.He also famously was offered a full scholarship to attend Georgia Tech and study engineering but chose UNC instead because all he wanted to be was a basketball coach.His personal history and his relationships with players and friends at UNC and Kansas were very interesting especially his various strategies for dealing with players.Well worth a read if you're interested in UNC basketball. But then if you are, you've probably already read this.

  • Marshall
    2019-01-27 11:47

    If you "bleed blue" like me, you won't be able to put this book down, or in my case, Kindle. Roy takes you back to his childhood years and a broken home, finding peace by breaking in to the local high school gym at night to shoot hoops by himself. Motivated by special mentors, Roy learned the value of family and hard work early and has risen to unbelievable heights as college basketballs's premier coach. Roy looks at every player as someone's son and treats them as if he was his own, instilling passion for hard work, on and off the court. This is an excellent read for any college basketball fan.

  • Matt
    2019-01-23 10:05

    I enjoyed this book. I am a huge North Carolina basketball fan, and have huge respect for Roy, so this was a no brainer to read when it came out. It was interesting to read about his childhood...he hadn't really said alot publicly about it until now.I didn't realize that his father was mostly absent from the home, and how difficult things were growing up.It was also really interesting to hear his perspective on some games that I remember very well; what he was thinking inside the huddle as opposed to what I was seeing on tv.

  • Terry Moffitt
    2019-01-23 15:41

    Who watched Coach Williams as a player as he played against my brother in High School; then played against him as a player while he was the coach at Owen HS; and finally played for him at UNC during his first year on staff and I really enjoyed this book. If you are a basketball, sports or UNC fan this is a must read. There is also a lot to be learned about leadership, life and a strong work ethic here. I highly recommend this book.

  • Josh
    2019-02-03 15:57

    Roy's life story is simply and well told. He has me convinced that he works hard; I'm exhausted just reading about it. The North Carolina mountains don't turn out a lot of successful, rich and famous people, so good on Roy for getting to the top. And it's even better that life at the top hasn't made him lose his mountain accent and his cornball, old fashioned view of the world, not to mention his crankiness.

  • David
    2019-02-16 17:41

    A fairly ordinary, ghost-written, book about a successful basketball coach. The usual over-long descriptions of bygone games and tournaments. However, Williams adds a little something extra that I've not seen before in this genre; in an Appendix, he lists the names of each of the players he has guided as a head coach.A nice touch, that, remembering the people who contributed mightily to his success.

  • Corey
    2019-02-13 14:51

    This book is a must-read for any real Tar Heel fan! Roy and Tim Crothers do a great job telling Roy's story on and off the court. You get a behind-the-scenes look at many of the biggest moments in his career. And his voice comes right out in his writing, with plenty of "dadgum"s and "shoot"s. Even if you just love college basketball, it's a great look at the life of one of the greatest coaches in the country.

  • Jason
    2019-02-04 16:05

    I have always loved Carolina Basketball. This book chronicles one of the best coaches in college basketball history and he just happens to be the coach for my Tarheels. Roy's story is a fantastic look at breaking through your past and going for your dreams. I was very encouraged by the fact that he said that he would always succeed because no one would ever outwork him.

  • Claudia Flesner
    2019-01-28 12:02

    Personally, this is one of the best books I've ever read. Coach Williams' story is interesting and it gives a lot of detail. It also shows that an individual can overcome anything to be successful. But, if you're not a Carolina (or Kansas) fan, I don't think you'd probably like his story as much as I did.

  • Melody
    2019-02-06 15:44

    After reading this book I am very sorry I was so angry at Coach for leaving Kansas. He's a good, honorable man. I believe his determination, competitiveness and uber long work weeks would have allowed him to succeed at whatever he set his mind to. The man is driven! Good easy read that teaches you a lot about college basketball. Who know recruiting was so brutal.

  • Cassandra
    2019-01-26 14:41

    So I am definitely a fan of UNC basketball, but clearly knew next to nothing about Roy Williams. His story is inspiring and incredible to begin with, but I also really stayed engaged with the book. I think it was really well-written. I highly recommend this book to just about anyone (except maybe dookies...).

  • Anna
    2019-01-25 09:41

    Conversational, quick-reading memoir from Roy Williams. I knew he'd had to deal with some adversity when he was growing up, but I didn't realize quite how tough his situation was. It's a sad story at times but overall it's pretty inspiring. Full of bits of basketball trivia and interest. Recommended for fans of Tar Heel basketball, and for others interested in college basketball history.

  • Melyssa
    2019-01-30 12:51

    Good book. Definitely learned things about Roy Williams that I didn't know before. As a Carolina alum, it was hard to read the chapter about his decision to stay at Kansas. It wasn't any more fun to read than it was to watch it happen the first time.

  • Lebron griffin jordan JR
    2019-02-08 13:41

    This book is one of the best books I have ever read. It tells about the great game of basketball. Soon I will be playing for him and after I read this book, Im glad I accepted a schoolership. Thanks coach.

  • Jedi Sunni
    2019-01-21 15:41

    Wow! It only took me a little over a year to finish a book that I gave 5 stars. Yet worth the read and what a incredible coach as well as class act guy. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in leadership or coaching.

  • Ryan Snyder
    2019-02-16 11:54

    It was a great read as a Tarheel fan but no one outside the family is going to find it interesting. It seems Roy Williams created UNC's dynasty by convincing Dean Smith to go after Michael Jordan. Four national titles later we found ourselves in The NIT.

  • Ken McDouall
    2019-02-03 17:03

    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.