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Roy Williams    

Head Basketball Coach at UNC Chapel Hill

Roy Williams, a 2007 inductee in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, is in his 16th season as head coach of the University of North Carolina and his 31st as a college head coach.

The Asheville, N.C., native was graduated from UNC in 1972 and later earned a master’s degree from his alma mater. The 2018-19 season will be his 41st in college coaching. He was an assistant under Dean Smith for 10 years (1979-88) and the head coach at the University of Kansas from 1988-2003.

Williams is sixth all-time in winning percentage (.788) and seventh in wins by a Division I coach, behind only Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Bob Knight, Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp and Jim Calhoun. He has a record of 842-227 in 30 seasons, including 424-126 as head coach of the Tar Heels. He reached 800 wins in fewer seasons and the second-fewest games in NCAA history.

Williams, an eight-time National Coach of the Year, is the only coach to win 400 games at two schools and is second and third, respectively, in wins at Carolina (424) and Kansas (418), who are among the three winningest programs in the history of college basketball.

Williams has one of the best resumés in NCAA Tournament history, winning national championships at Carolina in 2005, 2009, 2017, taking nine teams to the Final Four (five at UNC, four at Kansas), earning 12 No. 1 seeds and winning at least one game in each of his 28 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, a feat unmatched by any other coach. Williams has a 77-25 record in the NCAA Tournament; he is second all-time in games (102) and wins, third in championship game appearances (6) and NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.755), fourth in Final Fours and tied for fourth in NCAA championships. He has taken 18 teams to the Sweet 16 and is 9-4 in regional finals.

He is one of six coaches to win three or more NCAA men’s basketball championships, joining John Wooden, Krzyzewski, Calhoun, Knight and Rupp.

Williams became UNC’s head coach in April 2004 and has led the Tar Heels to three NCAA championships, five Final Fours, eight regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference championships and three ACC Tournament titles. No other school has won more than three ACC regular-season championships during Williams’ tenure in Chapel Hill and the Tar Heels have played in eight ACC Tournament championship games against seven different schools.

ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News and Fox Sports named Williams the National Coach of the Decade for the 2000s, when he took teams to five Final Fours (2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009), won 33 games in the NCAA Tournament – eight more than any other coach – and won a pair of national titles.

His teams have won 17 regular-season conference titles and finished in the Associated Press top 10 in 19 of his 30 seasons. He also has seven wins over No. 1 opponents in the AP poll, which are tied for the most by any coach in history.

Williams has won 30 or more games 12 times, second most all-time, and 20 or more games in 28 of 30 seasons.

He has coached three Bob Cousy Award winners (Raymond Felton, Ty Lawson, Kendall Marshall), four National Players of the Year (Drew Gooden and Nick Collison at Kansas, Sean May and Tyler Hansbrough at UNC), 17 first-team All-Americas and 28 NBA first-round draft picks.

As an assistant at UNC, he coached Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Sam Perkins, Brad Daugherty and Kenny Smith. At Kansas, he coached Paul Pierce, Raef LaFrentz, Jacque Vaughn, Gooden, Collison and Kirk Hinrich. As head coach of the Tar Heels, he has coached Felton, Marvin Williams, May, Hansbrough, Danny Green, Wayne Ellington, Lawson, Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes, Marshall, John Henson, Marcus Paige, Justin Jackson, Brice Johnson and Joel Berry II.

Pierce went to become the second-leading scorer in Boston Celtics history and the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 NBA Finals. Hansbrough broke Phil Ford’s career scoring record for Carolina, became the ACC’s leading scorer, and was the most decorated Tar Heel basketball player in history. Green broke the record for most three-point field goals in the NBA Finals. And Carolina is the only school with three Cousy Award winners, which is given to the nation’s top point guard.

In addition to coaching great players, Williams is the only head coach to coach two Academic All-Americas of the Year – Vaughn at Kansas and Zeller at Carolina. He’s coached eight Academic All-Americas, including Luke Maye in 2018. In the last eight years the Tar Heels have won the ACC Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award five times. Marvin Williams, who as a freshman scored the winning basket in the 2005 NCAA championship game vs. Illinois, has played 13 years in the NBA; he became the first NBA player to earn his college degree after playing just one year of college basketball. He came back to Chapel Hill for eight summers to earn his degree.

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