A Coach's Life

Legendary University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith tells the full story of his fabled career, and shares the life lessons taught and learned over forty years of unparalleled success as a coach and mentor. For almost forty years, Dean Smith coached the University of North Carolina men's basketball program with unsurpassed success- on the court and in shaping young men's lives.

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By Brett (Downers Grove, IL) · ★★★★☆ · January 26, 2015
If you are a North Carolina fan, coach, player, or just a fan of basketball in general, pick this up. Great chapters on schemes and ways to win, along with great UNC game recollections. ...more
By David A (The United States) · ★★★★★ · November 01, 2007
Come on, like I would give anything Dean does fewer than 5 stars. ...more
By Brian (Winston Salem, NC) · ★★★☆☆ · March 07, 2013
Dean Smith provides a bird's eye view of contemporary college basketball and how it came to be so, all through the prism of his long and distinguished career. This book would mean the most, obviously, to a Tar Heel fan, which I am not, but it was still good reading. Smith seems to be targeting th... ...more
By Steve (Columbus, OH) · ★★★★★ · June 15, 2008
If you are a basketball fan, this book is a must read. No other college basketball coach has ever had as much success while maintaining such high integrity on and off the court. This is a biography of one of the most successful coaches ever, talking about the people who influenced him, as well as... ...more
By Toni (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · March 17, 2015
One of the best books that I have read about coaching and life. Dean Smith tells his story as well as the stories of those around him over the years. I think he was affected by his players as much or more than he affected them. I highly recommend this story of a coach who taught more than just X'... ...more
By Glen (Mali) · ★★★★★ · June 17, 2013
A must read for all UNC fans. I've always admired Dean Smith's personal stands and while I take a few theological exceptions on some key points in chapter 10, there is no denying that he is a man who has lived a genuinely good life and is the most exemplary of all coaches. ...more
By Ken (Richmond, VA) · ★★★★☆ · November 15, 2007
Carolina fans will devour this book like grits and redeye gravy. Others will find the story of a truly wise, religious, and caring man who changed countless lives through his position of UNC head coach. ...more
By Jim (Ballwin, MO) · ★★★★★ · October 26, 2008
A great book about Coach Smith and the way he treated the game, his family and his players. ...more
By Liz (Portland, OR) · ★★★☆☆ · July 27, 2009
I read this only for the short bits about my Uncle, which were fun to see. ...more
By Matt · ★★★★☆ · June 19, 2012
great coach, great teams, great insights on what it means to be a coach ...more