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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 Tour 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 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.


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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 Tour 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 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.

30 review for Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court

  1. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    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!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bill K.

    Roy Williams is the best in the game. Both on and off the court. I’m biased. But it’s hard to argue against that statement. Great, great read. Highly recommended to any Tar Heel or even college basketball fan.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Boselovic

    If you know me, you know that growing up in my household, my Dad only let us watch the college teams whose coach he respected. At age 4, I latched onto Coach K and have been a Duke fan ever since. However, I have always had a fervent respect for Roy Williams and his coaching career. That was solidified after reading this book. As an athlete and coach, I can’t recommend it enough. It also helped me get into the right mindset prior to our season starting in just a few weeks.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Brown

    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 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

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lee Adams

    I really liked the main theme of the book (work harder than everyone else) but two things about Williams bothered me. 1. He was heavily recruiting a kid from Winona, MN and was complaining about how hard it was to get from the airport in Prairie du Chien, WI. That is asinine. That's an 1:42 drive. The LaCrosse, WI airport is 25 min from Winona and a much larger airport. Why would you ever fly into Prairie du Chien? (I know, random thing to bother me) and 2. HE DOES NOT EAT PIZZA. I would think h I really liked the main theme of the book (work harder than everyone else) but two things about Williams bothered me. 1. He was heavily recruiting a kid from Winona, MN and was complaining about how hard it was to get from the airport in Prairie du Chien, WI. That is asinine. That's an 1:42 drive. The LaCrosse, WI airport is 25 min from Winona and a much larger airport. Why would you ever fly into Prairie du Chien? (I know, random thing to bother me) and 2. HE DOES NOT EAT PIZZA. I would think he is a great coach and a really good human being if it weren't for these two things.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Abe Shocket

    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!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nathanael Winslow

    An easy reading, relatable, but inspiring story about how hard work and a love for basketball and people carried Roy Williams through a lifetime of challenges and triumphs to become one of the most beloved and successful college basketball coaches. If not a "life-changer", I still left this book reminded to appreciate the little things, to value each moment as significant, and to invest in my passions and loved ones. Highly recommend this book for anyone with interest in sports or leadership.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Robert Pondiscio

    There's no way I'm giving a bad review to dadgum Roy Williams. I read this book nearly cover to cover on a flight in anticipation of another Tar Heels basketball season. It was like spending the flight with a fascinating and admirable seat mate. Essential reading for diehard Carolina fans. Subtract a star for everyone else.

  9. 4 out of 5

    David Barney

    Roy Williams is one of those coaches that has won many basketball games, yet, he may have been a household name. After reading this book it hit me that he has been very successful and very influential basketball coach. I wish the author would have spent a little more time while he was at KU. I also appreciate the type of person Roy Williams is. Continued success.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary-margaret Ormeg

    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!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dave Cohen

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

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mollie Doyle

    I enjoyed this book, because his background story is very inspirational. He also tells about the decisions he had to make whether easy or hard. (A great book even if you don't like UNC)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Josh Navey

    You can always count on Ol' Roy for a good story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Todd

    I did not enjoy this book as much as I was hoping to. It had some interesting stories in them but it read a bit to like a history chart.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Todd McQueen

    Really a good book about Roy Williams life. 4+ A

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Great book. I really enjoyed it. I didn’t know a lot about Roy Williams before I started to read this. And I’m really glad I did. Great read, interesting man, smart coach and and even better man.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sam Stevens

    Sam Stevens Mr. Rich English 10 10 November 2011 Book Review D Williams, 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 Sam Stevens Mr. Rich English 10 10 November 2011 Book Review D Williams, 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    LemonLinda

    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 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!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    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 a 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Connolly

    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 ch 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    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. Th 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    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 t 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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carson Gill

    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 be 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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ivis

    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 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marshall

    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 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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dav

    Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court • by Roy Williams 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? The Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court • by Roy Williams 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☆ ..

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    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 oppos 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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Corey

    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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    David

    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.

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