(HARDCOVER) by Tim Crothers Impossible. That`s the word most often used to describe what Anson Dorrance has done as the women`s soccer coach at the University of North Carolina. First, there are the remarkable eighteen national championships and then there`s the fact that Dorrance`s teams have won 94 percent of their games.
Through it all, Dorrance has groomed far more All-Americans than any other coach in the 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 - and sometimes beyond - the boundaries of their physical and psychological endurance.
Tim Crothers has been allowed behind the scenes to chronicle everything from Dorrance`s recruiting pitch to his speeches on game days to his casual conversations on the team bus. 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 years interviewing Tar Heels from every era along with players and coaches from rival college programs to create the most comprehensive, intimate and unfiltered look ever inside an athletic dynasty.
"This book isn`t about a great women`s soccer coach, it`s about a great coach, period. Anyone who aspires to a leadership role can learn from Anson`s innovative style and approach." Pete Carroll Head Football Coach, USC