Roy Williams
Head coach of North Carolina men's basketball team
Roy Williams
Roy Williams is an American basketball coach, currently the head coach of the men's basketball team at the University of North Carolina. After averaging nearly an 80% win percentage in 15 seasons at the University of Kansas, he became the eighteenth head coach at North Carolina when he replaced Matt Doherty in 2003. He is second all-time for most wins at Kansas behind Phog Allen and at North Carolina behind his mentor Dean Smith.
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My president was a hooper
Yahoo News - about 1 month
When Barack Obama moved into the White House in 2009, he had the tennis court at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. converted into a basketball court.  In this bit of home improvement was as much symbolism as you wanted to see. A space that formerly hosted a sport of the ruling class was now also dedicated to one played across lines of race and income. SEE ALSO: My high school teammate, Kobe Bryant Basketball was many things for President Obama. It was an escape, a lifelong pastime and a key element to the narrative that propelled his meteoric rise. His funky lefty jumpshot and his steadfast dedication to hooping in sweatpants even became pillars of the mystique surrounding The Cool POTUS.  GQ on Thursday published an exhaustive oral history of Obama's basketball jones, featuring quotes from those who played pickup with him over the past several years. It's a delightful, fascinating read. One of many great anecdotes in the piece comes from University of North Carolina coach Roy Williams, whose tea ...
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No. 9 UNC Tops Syracuse 85-68 for Williams' 800th Career Win
ABC News - about 1 month
Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams earned his 800th career victory when Isaiah Hicks scored 20 points to lead No. 9 North Carolina to an 85-68 victory over Syracuse
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Oh, Say Can You See...Police Brutality And Importance Of Anthem Protests
Huffington Post - 4 months
Photo Credit: Damola Akintunde, current UNC student Unrest continued to spread in Charlotte after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and the release of videos showing the exchange with police that lead to his death. Every weekend, as the NFL and college football seasons continue, many watch as athletes, following the lead of Colin Kaepernick, take a knee during the national anthem. On Saturday, Sept. 24th a section of Carolina students at the Pitt vs. UNC football game sat during the national anthem, some with raised fists, to add their voice to the national outcry against police brutality and racial profiling that was now raging in a major city in North Carolina, only a couple hours away from their idyllic campus. It unearths a complicated issue, which tripped up Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg as she called Kaepernick's approach "dumb and disrespectful," and our own famed basketball coach Roy Williams has finally warmed to, yet East Carolina University band members a ...
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23 Reasons To Love Having Natural Hair
Huffington Post - 6 months
The presence of Black American Olympians dominating their respective sports this summer was a representative testament to our country’s diversity. The ongoing shaming of Gabby Douglas’ natural edges, however, portrays our country’s lack of acceptance of that diversity ― particularly when it comes to natural hair.  What better way to combat that prejudice than with unapologetic and celebratory expressions of self love from the natural hair community? That’s why The Huffington Post asked readers to share a selfie of their natural curls, coils and kinks with a caption telling the whole world what their hair means to them using our hashtag #MyNaturalHairJourneyIs. The submissions show that no two hair journeys are exactly alike. Some wear their hair natural as a declaration of defiance, a symbolic crown worn proudly against the status quo. Others do it to be true to nature, their heritage and their beautiful selves. Check out all of the compelling photos below and join the co ...
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N Carolina races to another Final Four, beats Notre Dame
Yahoo News - 11 months
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Roy Williams will take his postgame injuries as long as he and the North Carolina Tar Heels are headed to the Final Four.
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UNC's Roy Williams says he'll be fine after collapsing in team huddle [Video]
LATimes - about 1 year
North Carolina Coach Roy Williams collapsed in a huddle while suffering from a vertigo attack Tuesday night during the second half of the Tar Heels' 68-65 victory over Boston College. The 65-year-old Hall of Famer did not return to the sideline but was able to give his postgame news conference,...
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North Carolina Coach Roy Williams doing OK after collapsing on sideline
LATimes - about 1 year
North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he was feeling both thankful to be alive, and proud of how his team responded in the aftermath of a vertigo attack that forced him to watch most of the second half of the Tar Heels' 68-65 ACC win over Boston College on Tuesday night from the locker room. In...
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Roy Williams breaks down Kentucky-Wisconsin
USA Today - almost 2 years
UNC's Roy Williams breaks down Kentucky-Wisconsin Final Four matchup after playing both           
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4 Best Parts Of The Final Four
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
The Final Four is upon us, which likely means you've torn up all but one of the 116 brackets you filled out. The 2015 version of March Madness has been rather epic, with a record five one-point games on Day One, including one that gave us an early Father's Day moment. Three of college basketball's elite programs -- Kentucky, Duke and Michigan State -- have made it, along with Wisconsin, which is making a second consecutive trip. Here's what you need to watch out for when they head to Indianapolis. HISTORY Kentucky, should it finish the season 40-0 by adding a ninth national championship banner added to Rupp Arena, could make an argument about being the greatest team in the history of the sport. Other teams have gone undefeated, but the most recent was Bobby Knight's infamous Indiana Hoosiers ... in 1976. But none of those teams had Kentucky's record nine McDonald's All-Americans, and none were as defensively dominant as these Wildcats. Despite a platoon system where no sin ...
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Your Bracket May Be Busted, But Here's Why You Need To Keep Watching March Madness
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'diNGU1dDptjjuhtsQjGpcexhgR1OWPZ4'); }); Please enable Javascript to watch this video The opening weekend of the 2015 NCAA Tournament is over, and if you've already torn up your bracket ... well, don't feel bad. Word is, there isn't a single perfect bracket remaining! In fact, of the 11.57 million brackets filled out on ESPN, 30.4 percent had Villanova in the Final Four. (I had the big North Carolina State upset. See video below for my one shining moment.) The weekend brought a lot of other surprises: UCLA, which many people, including myself, thought didn't belong in the field, reaches its second straight Sweet 16 under Steve Alford. The much-maligned Pac-12 has actually enjoyed a nice showing -- Utah, Arizona and UCLA are still alive, and Oregon beat Oklahoma State in the round of 64. How about the ACC? It's 11-1 and rolling into the Sweet 16 with five teams remaining. The Big 12 lost its highest seed, Kansas, not to ment ...
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UNC Stops Professor Mary Willingham From Researching Athletes' Low Reading Levels
Huffington Post - about 3 years
North Carolina has halted the research of reading specialist Mary Willingham until she receives approval from a review board and is investigating statements she made questioning the literacy level of Tar Heel athletes. The school said in a statement Thursday evening it has notified Willingham that she can't continue to use data with information that could identify the subjects until she applies to the university's Institutional Review Board that governs human research. Researchers don't require board approval for research if it doesn't include identifiable information on the subjects, the school pointed out in the statement. In an email to The Associated Press Thursday night, Willingham said she'll go through the board's application process. "The gap in academic preparedness between profit sport athletes and students at NCAA (Division I) institutions perpetuates educational inequality," Willingham said. "Until we acknowledge the problem, and fix it, many of our athletes, specifical ...
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UNC Professor Receiving Death Threats For Revealing Athletes' Low Reading Levels (VIDEO)
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has been in an academic crisis mode for more than three years. An NCAA investigation into the football program in 2010 expanded into a probe of how the nation's first public university provides academic help to athletes. It led to a discovery of fraud in a department with classes featuring significant athlete enrollments. Now, the debate of balancing academics and big-time sports at the university has been reignited by comments from a reading specialist about the reading levels of football and basketball players. "It really has just been like we've been under siege for the past three years," said Lissa Lamkin Broome, a banking law professor and UNC's faculty athletic representative. "Now to the extent that we've uncovered problems during this siege, that's a good thing — to find those problems and weed them out and to try to put processes in place to hopefully ensure ... that some of this stuff doesn't happen again." In a CNN story this week ...
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Watch ecstatic UNC players, Roy Williams celebrate No. 1 upset
USA Today - about 3 years
North Carolina's locker room was captured after a 79-65 upset on Wednesday night.
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College basketball countdown: No. 11 North Carolina - USA TODAY
Google News - over 3 years College basketball countdown: No. 11 North Carolina USA TODAY The first word: After a slow start in the first half of conference play last season, North Carolina found its groove once coach Roy Williams inserted P.J. Hairston as a starter and finally turned to a smaller lineup. Hairston helped the team regroup with his ... UNC looks for 1st ACC win when BC visitsBradenton Herald all 101 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roy Williams
  • 2015
    Age 64
    During the 2015-16 season, Williams guided the Tar Heels to its fourth Final Four of his tenure, as well as winning the regular season and ACC Tournament titles.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2016 NCAA Tournament, North Carolina beat Florida Gulf Coast, Providence, Indiana, Notre Dame, and Syracuse in the Final Four to earn a spot in the national championship game against Villanova, in which the Tar Heels lost 77-74 on a buzzer-beating three pointer by Kris Jenkins. Kansas North Carolina Williams and his wife, Wanda, also a 1972 Carolina graduate, have a son, Scott, and a daughter, Kimberly. They also have five Godchildren, four boys and one girl. Williams has contributed $200,000 to the Carolina Covenant, an initiative at North Carolina that allows low-income students to attend the University debt-free. Roy and Wanda serve as honorary co-chairs of a $10 million campaign to endow the program. In 2009, Algonquin Books published Williams' autobiography, "Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court," co-written by Tim Crothers. In the book, Williams discusses his life, including that of his difficult childhood, the highs and lows of his successful coaching career and the difficult and agonizing decision to leave Kansas for North Carolina in 2003.
  • 2014
    Age 63
    The 2014–15 season for the Tar Heels was supposed to be a success.
    More Details Hide Details With Wooden Award candidate Marcus Paige coming back for his junior season, it seemed as though this team was going to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. With early season losses to unranked Butler and Iowa, the Tar Heels intensity and strength was questioned. The Tar Heels grabbed a four seed in the NCAA Tournament with wins against Harvard and Arkansas, but eventually ended their run with a loss to Wisconsin in the Sweet Sixteen. The Tar Heels finished their season 26-12 with an 11-7 ACC record.
  • 2013
    Age 62
    The 2013–14 season for the Tar Heels ended with a round of 32 loss to Iowa State in the NCAA Tournament after narrowly slipping past Providence in the opening round.
    More Details Hide Details The overall record ended up 24-10, which included a 13-5 conference record.
  • 2012
    Age 61
    The 2012–13 season for Roy Williams and his Tar Heels was a great surprise with respect to a new starting lineup in the latter half of the season.
    More Details Hide Details Unlike traditional Carolina teams, the Heels played more guard heavy and relied mostly on their perimeter game to score points. Coach Williams reached 700 total NCAA career head coaching victories after the Tar Heels beat Villanova in the opening round of the tournament. Unfortunately, the Tar Heels were not able to advance after a 70-58 loss to Kansas in the round of 32. It marked the third time Carolina had lost to the Jayhawks during March Madness since 2008. The Tar Heels completed their season with 25 wins and 11 losses (overall) including 12 wins and six losses against conference opponents.
  • 2011
    Age 60
    The 2011–12 season for the Tar Heels was more successful despite numerous injuries to key players.
    More Details Hide Details With losses to UNLV, Kentucky as well as a 33-point defeat against Florida State, Williams guided his Heels to another ACC Regular Season Championship after defeating Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium to close out the regular season (Duke won the first meeting in Chapel Hill). UNC entered the 2012 ACC Tournament as the #1 seed. The Heels beat Maryland in the quarterfinals and NC State in the semifinals. John Henson injured his wrist in the Maryland game and did not play in the semifinals or championship game where UNC lost to Florida State, 85-83. UNC was then awarded the #1 seed in the Midwest bracket of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Without Henson, Dexter Strickland and sixth-man Leslie McDonald (who were both sidelined with season-ending injuries) Carolina beat Vermont in the second round of the Tournament. Henson returned to the lineup for the third-round game against Creighton. The Heels defeated Creighton, however starting PG Kendall Marshall injured his wrist in the second half of that game. Marshall had to undergo surgery and was unable to play for the rest of the season. Carolina turned to first-year PG Stilman White who helped lead the Heels to an OT win over the Ohio Bobcats in the Sweet 16. Carolina then faced #2 seed Kansas in the Elite Eight. Greatly undermanned, the Heels played Kansas close but Kansas pulled ahead late for the win. Roy Williams' 2011-2012 team finished the season with a record of 32-6, 14-2 in the ACC.
  • 2010
    Age 59
    The Tar Heels started out slow during the 2010–11 season, dropping early games to Minnesota, Vanderbilt, and Illinois, and also being blown out by twenty points at Georgia Tech.
    More Details Hide Details It was not until Williams made the difficult decision to start freshman point guard Kendall Marshall over junior Larry Drew II that the Tar Heels returned to their dominant winning ways. The Heels won the ACC Regular Season Championship after beating Duke in their final regular season game in Chapel Hill. It was Carolina's fifth ACC Regular Season title in eight years under Coach Williams. However, Carolina lost to Duke a week later in the ACC Tournament Championship game. Coach Williams was selected as the ACC Coach of the Year for the second time since becoming head coach at North Carolina for overcoming the adversity of losing some players to transfer and dismissal and winning the ACC regular season title. After defeating Long Island, Washington, and Marquette, the Heels (29–8, 14–2) lost to the Kentucky Wildcats in the Elite Eight.
    Tar Heels made it all the way to the NIT Championship game which was played on April 1, 2010 at Madison Square Garden versus Dayton.
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  • 2009
    Age 58
    Tar Heels lost with the score of 79–68 bringing their overall tally at 20–17 for 2009–10 season.
    More Details Hide Details This 20-win season however kept Roy's streak of 20 win seasons alive. Roy Williams stated that the season was "the biggest frustration and the biggest disappointment of my professional life." In addition to frustrating play, Roy Williams was criticized for comparing the 2009–10 season to the disaster in Haiti by stating, "Our massage therapist told me, she said 'You know, Coach, what happened in Haiti is a catastrophe. What you're having is a disappointment.' And I told her that depends on which chair she was sitting in, because it does feel like a catastrophe to me, and that's because it is my life." Roy Williams later apologized for his comments, stating that he misspoke and "neglected to say that it puts basketball in perspective."
    He again led the Tar Heels to a National Championship on April 6, 2009 against the Michigan State Spartans (see 2009 NCAA championship game).
    More Details Hide Details Williams is the only basketball coach in NCAA history to have 350 or more victories at two NCAA Division 1 schools, Kansas and North Carolina. Williams was born in Marion General Hospital in Marion, North Carolina, and spent his early years in the small western North Carolina towns of Marion and Spruce Pine. As a child his family relocated to nearby Asheville, where he grew up. Williams lettered in basketball and baseball at T. C. Roberson High School in Asheville, NC all four years.
  • 2008
    Age 57
    As a result of Memphis' 2008 season being wiped from the books due to NCAA sanctions, the 2007-08 Tar Heels "officially" have the second-most single-season wins in Division I history.
    More Details Hide Details With Tyler Hansbrough returning to Chapel Hill for his senior season, they were tapped by numerous prognosticators as the favorites to win the NCAA championship. The Heels started the season #1 in both polls—including the first-ever unanimous preseason #1 ranking in the history of the AP Poll—becoming the first team to have back-to-back preseason #1 rankings since UNLV in 1991. They won their first 13 games before being upset by Boston College 85–78. Two games later, they fell at ACC rival Wake Forest 92–89, but went on a winning streak, including a defeat of archrival Duke by 101–87, Williams' fourth straight victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium. In defeating Duke 79–71 in the season finale, the Tar Heels secured their third straight ACC regular season title and fourth in Williams' six seasons as head coach at UNC. Although they lost in the second round of the ACC Tournament to Florida State, they still garnered the top seed in the NCAA South Region—the fourth time in Williams' six-year tenure in Chapel Hill that the Tar Heels had been a #1 seed. North Carolina defeated Radford in the first round of the NCAA tournament, then LSU in the second round, and Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 round, followed by a 72–60 defeat of the Oklahoma Sooners in the Elite 8 that gave North Carolina its second straight berth into the Final Four in Detroit, Michigan. An 83–69 victory over Villanova vaulted the Tar Heels into the national championship game.
    Williams led the Tar Heels to a school-record 36 wins, the #1 overall ranking in the final AP poll, a #1 seed in the East Region of the tournament, the tournament's overall #1 seed, and the 2008 Final Four.
    More Details Hide Details The Tar Heels' run ended with an 84–66 loss in the Final Four to Kansas, Williams' former team. Two days after the defeat, he attended the tournament final between Kansas and Memphis, sporting a Jayhawk sticker on his shirt.
  • 2006
    Age 55
    Following the 2006–2007 season, Williams announced on July 18, 2007 that he had vertigo, a condition that occasionally forces him to sit down suddenly during games. The 2007–08 season was just as successful, culminating in another ACC regular season and tournament championship.
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    Williams quickly reloaded the team with top talent, bringing in recruits like Brandan Wright, Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Deon Thompson. The 2006–07 team tied as ACC regular season champions, earning the tiebreak over the Virginia Cavaliers.
    More Details Hide Details With the #1 seed, the Tar Heels won the ACC Tournament. After earning a #1 seed in the East Region in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, Williams' team won its first round game against Eastern Kentucky Colonels 86–65 and its second against Michigan State 81–67. North Carolina then defeated the USC Trojans 74–64 to advance to the Elite Eight. On March 24, 2007, North Carolina fell to the Georgetown Hoyas in overtime in the East Regional, ending its post-season run.
  • 2005
    Age 54
    After winning the championship, the team's top seven scorers all left, either via graduation or opting to go to the NBA early. Despite such a massive loss of talent, the Tar Heels proved to be surprisingly successful in 2005–06, in part due to freshman Tyler Hansbrough.
    More Details Hide Details Williams was named Coach of the Year for his ability to turn around such a new team to such a high level of success.
    In Williams' second year, the Tar Heels returned to national prominence. With the arrival of freshman Marvin Williams, Williams led North Carolina to a National Championship in 2005—his first as a head coach.
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  • 2003
    Age 52
    Williams took the 2003 Kansas team to the NCAA championship game against Syracuse.
    More Details Hide Details Syracuse defeated Kansas, 81–78, to win the NCAA championship. The end of the season brought a cloud of uncertainty over KU, as Williams' future was up in the air. Chancellor Robert Hemenway fired KU Athletic Director Al Bohl, and while he cited Bohl's involvement in an academic scandal at Fresno State, many perceived the move as a desperate move to keep Williams at KU, as the relationship between Bohl and Williams was very poor. Bohl reacted angrily, accusing Williams of engineering the firing. "This is a sad day for college athletics when a basketball coach has the power to hire and fire a university's athletic director He had the choice to either crush me with his power of influence or let me fly with my visions for a better total program. He chose to crush me." Williams ended up accepting the North Carolina head coaching position following the controversial three-year run of Matt Doherty, who prior to coaching at North Carolina had been an assistant at KU under Williams.
  • 1997
    Age 46
    In seven years of Big 12 Conference play, his teams went 94–18, capturing the regular-season title in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2003 and the postseason tournament crown in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
    More Details Hide Details In 2001–02, KU became the first, and so far only, team to go undefeated (16–0) in Big 12 play. From 1995–98, Kansas was a combined 123–17 - an average of 30.8 wins per season. Williams' teams went 201–17 (.922) in Allen Fieldhouse, and won 62 consecutive games in Allen from February 1994 to December 1998. Kansas was a regular in the Associated Press Top 25 from 1991 to 1999, placing in the poll for 145 consecutive weeks. Williams' teams were ranked in the Top 10 in 194 AP polls from 1990. Kansas led the nation in field goal percentage and scoring in 2002 and in scoring margin in 2003; they held opponents to the lowest field goal percentage in the country in 2001 (37.8 percent); led the nation in winning percentage in 1997 and 2002; shot better than 50 percent from the floor for the season seven times; and led the country in field goal percentage in 1990 at 53.3 percent, and in 2002 at 50.6 percent; shot a combined 49.4 percent from the floor in 15 seasons; led the nation in assists in 2001 and 2002 and was seventh in the nation in 2003; scored 100 or more points 71 times (once every 13 games); averaged 82.7 points per game in 15 years; averaged 90 or more points in two seasons (92.1 in 1990 and 90.9 in 2002).
  • 1991
    Age 40
    Under Williams, the team had several deep runs in the NCAA Tournament, making it to four Final Fours and appearing in the national championship game in both 1991 and 2003, losing both, to Duke and Syracuse respectively.
    More Details Hide Details Amidst the tournament successes, there were plenty of woes. The 1996–97 team was said by many to be one of the greatest teams in history, featuring future NBA players such as Paul Pierce, Jacque Vaughn, Raef LaFrentz, and Scot Pollard. Entering the NCAA Tournament with Pollard (foot stress fracture) and starting shooting guard (later Kansas and UNC assistant coach, and current head coach at Stanford) Jerod Haase (broken wrist) trying to play with injuries, the team was upset in the Sweet Sixteen by the eventual champion, Arizona Wildcats. Except for his first season at Kansas (when the team was on probation), all of Williams' teams made the NCAA tournament. From 1990 to 1999 Kansas compiled a 286–60 record, giving them both the most wins and best winning percentage of any team in that decade. From 1994 to 1998, the Jayhawks won 62 consecutive home games at Allen Fieldhouse, which was the longest such streak in the NCAA at the time. The seniors of 1998 (Raef LaFrentz, Billy Thomas, and C.B. McGrath) went 58–0 at home during their KU careers.
  • 1988
    Age 37
    He was hired just months after the Danny Manning-led Jayhawks won the 1988 NCAA championship.
    More Details Hide Details Weeks after Williams took the position, KU was placed on probation for violations that took place prior to his arrival. As a result, the Jayhawks were barred from postseason play for the 1988-89 season. After Williams left for KU, the school was put on probation again for violations in its men's basketball program. The NCAA said that boosters gave graduation gifts to outgoing players before and after they graduated, a fact that Roy Williams was aware of. Williams coached 15 seasons at Kansas (from 1988–2003). During that time he had a record of 418–101, a .805 winning percentage. He is second on the Jayhawks' all time win list behind Phog Allen. Williams's Kansas teams averaged 27.8 wins per season. Kansas won nine regular-season conference championships over his last 13 years.
  • 1982
    Age 31
    During his tenure as assistant coach, North Carolina went 275–61 and won the NCAA national championship in 1982, the first for Smith and second for North Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details One of Williams' more notable events came as assistant coach when he became instrumental in recruiting Michael Jordan. In 1988, Williams left North Carolina and became the head coach of the University of Kansas Jayhawks, replacing former North Carolina assistant and UCLA head coach Larry Brown, who had taken the position as head coach of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.
  • 1973
    Age 22
    Williams' first coaching job was in 1973 as a high school basketball and golf coach at Charles D. Owen High School in Black Mountain, N.C. He coached basketball and boys' golf for five years, ninth-grade football for four years, and served as athletic director for two years.
    More Details Hide Details In 1978, Williams came back to the University of North Carolina and served as an assistant to Coach Dean Smith. Williams would serve as an assistant coach from 1978–1988.
  • 1968
    Age 17
    In basketball, playing for Coach Buddy Baldwin, he was named all-county and all-conference for two years (1967 and 1968), all-western North Carolina in 1968 and served as captain in the North Carolina Blue-White All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details Williams has stated that Coach Baldwin was one of the biggest influences in his life. Williams went on to play on the freshman team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and study the game under legendary coach Dean Smith. When Williams was a sophomore at Carolina, he asked Smith if he could attend his practices and would sit in the bleachers taking notes on Smith's coaching. Williams also volunteered to keep statistics for Smith at home games and worked in Smith's summer camps.
  • 1950
    Born on August 1, 1950.
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