Roy Williams releases his autobiography

Posted November 4, 2009

— Coach Roy Williams drew big crowds Tuesday night at Fearrington Village in Chapel Hill as he kicked off his book-signing tour.

Williams’ autobiography, "HARD WORK: My Life On and Off the Court," with a foreword by John Grisham, was published this week by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

Williams, head coach of the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team, has the third-highest winning percentage in NCAA history.

Over the last eight years, the 58-year-old Asheville, N.C., native – who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007 – has won 239 games, including 30 in the NCAA Tournament.


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  • jbullard2 Nov 5, 2009

    I attended the event and I do not think that Coach is even close to retirement! Reflecting on the book, I beleive it was a humbling experience for him, as it would be for anyone to reflect on their journey through life. I am happy to see Coach as a positive Role Model for so many. By the way, it is nice to see a Positive News Story, regardless of where it appears.

    Thanks Coach for sharing and Hard Work is still the answer!

  • Duke1977 Nov 4, 2009

    Coach Roy is a great coach and a great human being. He deserves all the accolades coming to him. But it does amaze me how the News & Observer seems to be on a self-appointed mission to promote this book. Do they own a share of the royalties or something? When he came back to UNC from Kansas they gave more coverage than they would have for the Second Coming. Then they devoted several pages to his election to the Hall of Fame. But they say they're not biased...

  • gearstickk Nov 4, 2009

    Does this mean that Roy will retire after this season?