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The Vision of a Champion: Coaching legend Anson Dorrance discusses his latest book

By Jen Jones
Posted Sunday, January 4, 2004

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Dorrance's coaching successes on the field include 17 NCAA National Championships.

The Vision of a Champion: Coaching Legend Anson Dorrance Discusses his Latest Book On UNC-TV's North Carolina Bookwatch, Sunday, January 11th at 5PM

Not only is soccer the fastest growing youth sport in the United States with nearly 20 million participants, but also an unprecedented 47 percent are female. In his latest book The Vision of a Champion, Anson Dorrance, the winningest women's soccer coach of all-time, teams with accomplished
heath and fitness writer Gloria Averbuch, to create a passionate and inspiring formula for success in soccer-and in life.

In this episode of North Carolina Bookwatch, the University of North Carolina women's soccer coach joins host D.G. Martin to provide the tips and techniques that have helped mold mere mortals into Mia Hamms. Through his new book, Dorrance gives youth players, parents and coaches secrets from over 25 years of success, including a surprising focus on overcoming adversity and losses.

“ There's no athlete that has led an entirely gilded life and I think a part of what gives them an opportunity to gain something from it is the way they handle adversity,” says Dorrance. “ Some athletes have taken their challenges and have constructed a more powerful personality by surviving
them gracefully.”

In The Vision of a Champion, Dorrance combines a unique blend of technical advice and inspiration for handling the challenges of sport. He hopes that through his coaching techniques young players, parents and coaches will gain insight into developing high-level athletes who also carry the values
and lessons of competitive sports off the playing field.

“ We don't want people to think the way to happiness in sport is to have these careers where they never lose a game and you're the best player in the world,” says Dorrance. “ A lot of what happens in sport challenges your character. And the way you negotiate these difficult environments, in our
opinion, is a measure of who you are. You get to express who you are through the victories and defeats of your game.”

While Dorrance's coaching successes on the field include 17 NCAA National Championships and the reality that many of his former players have gone on to become the most accomplished players in the world, his techniques for fostering a successful collegiate athlete start with molding a well-rounded person.

“A lot of what we we're interested in when we watch a girl come through four years [of college] is yes, we want her to graduate as the best soccer player she can be, but we would much rather have her graduate as the best human being she could be.”

Anson Dorrance is not only the most successful coach in the women's game-a four-time National Coach of the Year-but also an ambassador of the game, a highly sought-after motivational speaker, a major force in training young players through wildly popular soccer camps and a successful television broadcaster. Dorrance has produced best selling soccer videos, and is the co-author, with Tim Nash, of Training Soccer Champions.


Funding for North Carolina Bookwatch is provided in part by Hollins University and by Quail Ridge Books. North Carolina Bookwatch is part of UNC-TV's ongoing commitment to produce programs for and about North Carolina. UNC-TV is the statewide 11-station broadcast network of the University of North Carolina.

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The Vision of a Champion: Coaching legend Anson Dorrance discusses his latest book
Anson Dorrance is a four-time National Coach of the Year.

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