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The Man Watching: A Biography of Anson Dorrance

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Former Sports Illustrated senior writer Tim Crothers took a year off to write a book; that year became a five-year odyssey chronicling one of the most successful coaches in the history of sports. The Man Watching reveals, for the first time, the story of the man, Anson Dorrance, who built the University of North Carolina soccer program that Sports Illustrated hailed in 2003 as "The Greatest College Sports Dynasty Ever." Dorrance, in 2004, was named one of the top 25 coaches of ...
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Overview

Former Sports Illustrated senior writer Tim Crothers took a year off to write a book; that year became a five-year odyssey chronicling one of the most successful coaches in the history of sports. The Man Watching reveals, for the first time, the story of the man, Anson Dorrance, who built the University of North Carolina soccer program that Sports Illustrated hailed in 2003 as "The Greatest College Sports Dynasty Ever." Dorrance, in 2004, was named one of the top 25 coaches of the past 25 years by an expert panel at ESPN.

Impossible. That's the word most often used to describe what Anson Dorrance has done as a soccer coach. First, there are the remarkable eighteen national championships and then there's the fact that his teams have won 94 percent of their games. But imagine that the greatest dynasty in the history of college sports has been created by a man who never aspired to coach and got the job only after a case of mistaken identity. Imagine that the UNC program is run in such chaos that Dorrance can't remember the names of some of his players and often arrives late for games after getting lost in transit. Yet Dorrance is considered to be a great leader, motivator, and mentor, and he is certainly one of the most successful coaches in all of sport.

Through it all, Dorrance has groomed more All-Americans than any other coach in any sport. In The Man Watching, Dorrance and his players describe in gripping detail, how he breeds "savages" in practice by tossing them into his grueling "competitive cauldron" and then motivates them to outduel each other through his sarcastic wit, pushing them to the boundaries of their physical and emotional endurance. In this book Dorrance also tells his side of the story for the first time about the lawsuit filed by two former UNC players, which threatened to destroy his career. Crothers spent four soccer seasons interviewing Tar Heels from every era along with players and coaches from other programs to create the most comprehensive, intimate, and unfiltered look ever inside an athletic dynasty.

This is not a book about a soccer coach, but about one fascinating man and the 200 young women he has inspired to believe that anything is possible.

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When North Carolina coach Dean Smith was asked about Tar Heel success in basketball and football, his answer was simple: "This is a women's soccer school. We're just trying to keep up with them." But NC soccer coach Anson Dorrance doesn't even need the accolades of Hall of Fame coaches: During his 26-year career, his Lady Tar Heels have racked up an awesome 579-26-17 record and won 18 of 24 national championships. Not bad for a guy who got his job through a case of mistaken identity. A stirring biography of a risk taker on a winning streak.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587264344
  • Publisher: Ann Arbor Editions LLC
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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