Read and React: Roy Williams Hard Work

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Roy Williams Hard Work: A life On and Off the Court 

This title won't make it onto the holiday wish lists of diehard Duke Blue Devils, but it's definitely a must-read for all Jayhawk and Tar Heel fans.

How much do you know about Roy Williams, the third winningest coach in NCAA history (Kansas, 1988-2003; North Carolina (2003-present)? Do you think great players came knocking on his door and two national championships fell into his lap? That's far from the truth.

Coach Williams' autobiography, written with co-author Tim Crothers, reveals how basketball was the saving grace for a kid growing up in a troubled home. At a young age, Williams was taught by his coaches to never back down and to always work hard—the same values he imparts to his players—on the court and in life.

Williams details his decision to turn down a full scholarship and instead work five jobs so he could attend and play for UNC. He also discusses his relationship with some of the best basketball players of all time, including James Worthy and Michael Jordan. Williams shares his most difficult times as a coach and why he chose to leave Lawrence, Kansas for Chapel Hill.

STACK's Take: If you learn nothing else from this book, internalize its main message. Reading how hard work helped Williams overcome adversity and achieve Hall of Fame success as a coach, you can't help being impressed and inspired.


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