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Heel of a Story
Grant Wahl
November 16, 2009
A star coach tells his inspiring tale
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November 16, 2009

Heel Of A Story

A star coach tells his inspiring tale

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Most coaches' autobiographies try to teach us how to be successful in the business world, implying that we should have hired these guys to oversee the U.S. economic recovery. Thankfully, North Carolina coach Roy Williams steers clear of such nonsense in his new memoir, Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court, written with former SI senior writer Tim Crothers.

Williams's life story is inspiring enough without any added self-help platitudes. And this book provides new details of his hardscrabble upbringing in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with an alcoholic father who abused his mother; his rise from unknown Tar Heels assistant to coaching superstar at Kansas; his agonizing decisions in 2000 and '03 over whether to leave Lawrence for Chapel Hill; his long-awaited championships in '05 and '09; and his relationships over the years with dozens of coaches and players, including Dean Smith, Michael Jordan and Tyler Hansbrough.

By the end of this engaging tale, you'll realize why Williams is an unparalleled recruiter. He's no genius, but he works as hard as anyone, and he knows how to tell a good story.

Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court by Roy Williams with Tim Crothers Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill