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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Maye, Pinson help No. 15 UNC beat Georgia Tech 80-66
ABC News - about 1 month
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina kept hitting the glass hard -- then pulled away after one of its most important players hit the floor hard. Luke Maye had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the 15th-ranked Tar Heels beat Georgia Tech 80-66 on Saturday. Theo Pinson added 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Joel Berry II and Cameron Johnson finished with 16 points apiece to help the Tar Heels (16-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). They shot 42 percent and dominated the glass, building a 46-25 rebounding advantage and scoring 26 second-chance points to Georgia Tech's four. "We're pushing our guys -- as you've heard me say for 15 years how important I think rebounding the ball is," coach Roy Williams said. Jose Alvarado scored 17 points and hit four 3-pointers, including one that pulled the Yellow Jackets to 70-62 with about 3 1/2 minutes left. But he fouled Berry on the Tar Heels' ensuing possession, sending the point guard to the floor -- and then stepped over him,...
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North Carolina Tops Gonzaga To Win Sixth NCAA Title
Huffington Post - 11 months
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Roy Williams tried to pull a fast one by Mark Few
LATimes - 11 months
Two days before Roy Williams first faced off against Mark Few in the NCAA tournament, the North Carolina coach called his counterpart from Gonzaga. “Gamblers Anonymous,” Few answered. The coaches had already planned an outing for a friendly game of craps before their teams met in a regional semifinal...
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Gonzaga And North Carolina To Face Off In NCAA Basketball Final
Huffington Post - 11 months
April 1 (Reuters) - Top-seeded teams Gonzaga and North Carolina prevailed in a pair of thrilling finishes on Saturday to advance to the final of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. Gonzaga squandered a 14-point, second-half lead before holding on to edge South Carolina 77-73, while North Carolina grabbed an offensive rebound after missing two free throws in the final seconds to beat Oregon 77-76. Gonzaga advanced to their first NCAA tournament final, which will be held on Monday, while North Carolina are trying to make amends for losing last year’s championship on a buzz-beater by Villanova. “It’s a dream to get (to the championship),” North Carolina coach Roy Williams told reporters. “Now we’ve got to play better but (Gonzaga) has been fantastic all year long. They only lost one game. It’s hard to imagine.” North Carolina senior Kennedy Meeks delivered 25 points and 14 rebounds, including the final one that preserved their lead, as the Tar Heel...
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Roy Williams? ‘He Doesn’t Have an Accent. You Have an Accent.’
NYTimes - 11 months
The coach of the North Carolina basketball team has a way of teaching, and of speaking.
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North Carolina 75, Kentucky 73: North Carolina Vindicates Roy Williams’s Trust With Last-Second Win
NYTimes - 11 months
The Tar Heels’ victory set up a Final Four showdown between the Carolinas and the Pacific Northwest.
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No. 1 North Carolina survives Arkansas' gigantic upset bid to reach Sweet 16 - USA TODAY
Google News - 11 months
USA TODAY No. 1 North Carolina survives Arkansas' gigantic upset bid to reach Sweet 16 USA TODAY GREENVILLE, S.C. — With three minutes and 47 seconds standing between No. 1 seed North Carolina and a rather inexplicable early exit in this NCAA tournament, Roy Williams gathered his team in the huddle. He told his players they hadn't been in a game ... UNC logs late run to survive scare from Arkansas and advance to Sweet 16Sports Illustrated UNC vs. Arkansas: Score and Twitter Reaction from March Madness 2017Bleacher Report Roy Williams Postgame TranscriptYahoo Sports all 372 news articles »
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UNC Coach Roy Williams slams Donald Trump while talking about something completely different
LATimes - 12 months
President Trump loves to tweet — so much so that we apparently have gotten to the point where just the thought of social media immediately brings to mind our president. That seems to have happened to North Carolina Coach Roy Williams on Thursday following the Tar Heels' 78-53 victory over Miami...
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My president was a hooper
Yahoo News - about 1 year
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 te...
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No. 9 UNC Tops Syracuse 85-68 for Williams' 800th Career Win
ABC News - about 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 ...
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23 Reasons To Love Having Natural Hair
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 c...
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N Carolina races to another Final Four, beats Notre Dame
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
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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Timeline
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 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.
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  • 2014
    Age 63
    The 2014–15 season for the Tar Heels was supposed to be a success.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 2011
    Age 60
    The 2011–12 season for the Tar Heels was more successful despite numerous injuries to key players.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 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.
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    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.
  • 2009
    Age 58
    Tar Heels lost with the score of 79–68 bringing their overall tally at 20–17 for 2009–10 season.
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    He again led the Tar Heels to a National Championship on April 6, 2009 against the Michigan State Spartans (see 2009 NCAA championship game).
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
  • 2003
    Age 52
    Williams took the 2003 Kansas team to the NCAA championship game against Syracuse.
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  • FORTIES
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 37
    He was hired just months after the Danny Manning-led Jayhawks won the 1988 NCAA championship.
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  • 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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Born on August 1, 1950.
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