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Roy Williams    

Former Basketball Coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels & Kansas Jayhawks

Roy Williams is a retired college basketball coach who served as the men's head coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels for 18 seasons and the Kansas Jayhawks for 15 seasons. He was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Williams started his college coaching career at the University of North Carolina (UNC) as an assistant coach for Dean Smith in 1978. Four years later, North Carolina won the national championship. After 10 years as Smith’s assistant, Williams became the head coach at Kansas in 1988, taking them to 14 consecutive NCAA tournaments, four Final Four appearances, two national championship game appearances, collecting an .805 winning percentage, and winning nine conference titles.

In 2003, Williams left Kansas to return to his alma mater, UNC. In an 18-year period at UNC, Williams won three national championships, reached a total of five Final Fours, finished first in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season standings nine times, won three ACC tournament championships, one AP National Coach of the Year award, and two ACC Coach of the Year awards. He is third all-time for most wins at Kansas behind Phog Allen and Bill Self, and second all-time for most wins at North Carolina behind his legendary mentor Dean Smith. On January 25, 2020, with a 94–71 win over Miami, Williams reached 880 wins, surpassing Smith's 879 win total.

With a total of 903 wins, Williams took his teams to nine Final Fours in his careers at Kansas and UNC. He is the fifth NCAA Men’s Division 1 head coach to reach 900 wins, and the fastest head coach to reach that total, in the fewest number of games. He is the only coach in NCAA history to have led two different programs to at least four Final Fours each and the only basketball coach in NCAA history to have 400 or more victories at two NCAA Division 1 schools. He is also 14th all-time in the NCAA for winning percentage among men's college basketball coaches.

As an assistant coach for Smith, UNC won the 1982 national championship. As a head coach, Williams coached in a total of six NCAA championship games (1991, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2016, and 2017). He is one of six NCAA Men's Division I college basketball coaches to have won at least three national championships.


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