THE MAN WATCHING
Anson Dorrance and the University of North Carolina Women's Soccer Dynasty
As coach of the University of North Carolina women’s soccer team, Anson Dorrance has won more than 90 percent of his games, groomed far more All-Americans, and captured more NCAA championships than any other coach in the sport ten times over.
Tim spent four years interviewing Dorrance and Tar Heels players from every era, along with players and coaches from rival college programs, to create the most comprehensive, intimate, and unfiltered look ever inside the most prolific dynasty in college athletics. Updated to include the story of the Tar Heels’s 2008 and 2009 NCAA championships, The Man Watching is the authorized biography of a fascinating man and the more than 200 young women he inspired to believe that anything is possible.
“Crothers spent four all-access years with Dorrance and his players for this rich biography and tells the tale of an imperfect man who has shaped a near perfect program.” — Time
“Dorrance is a mesmerizing orator, and Crothers reveals the stark emotional power that Dorrance wields over his teams.” — Sports Illustrated
“Anson Dorrance’s story is one of the most fascinating to ever come along in American sports. And Tim Crothers is the perfect writer to tell it.”
— Rick Reilly, ESPN
"Anson has built a dynasty that has no comparison and Tim Crothers has written a book equally extraordinary, chronicling this pioneering coach and his remarkable teams with a depth of knowledge and insight that I believe only Anson and Tim could bring." — DEAN SMITH, legendary UNC basketball coach
"The story of one of the winningest coaches in history, this powerful book takes you on a journey of strength, courage, and leadership. It's a great read for anybody aspiring to be the best in sports, business, or whatever their chosen field."
— DR. STEPHEN COVEY, best-selling author of
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Anson Dorrance is masterful in using both creativity and intensity to develop the competitive potential of his players. This book is full of captivating stories about all the steps and even missteps Anson has taken in producing a consistently successful record that may never be equaled. Needless to say, Anson's story is full of useful insights and lessons about our wonderful game."
— JUERGEN KLINSMANN, Head Coach of the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team
"I am so proud to have played to Anson and to be a Tar Heel. The Man Watching is a rare look behind the scenes at everything it takes to coach and play at the highest level, but to me it's more about what Anson has done to coach all of us so well in life."
— MIA HAMM, international soccer star
"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 form Anson's innovative style and approach."
— PETE CARROLL, Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks (NFL)