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Saturday September 18th

Roy Williams

Roy Williams was the head coach for the North Carolina men's basketball team since 2003. He won three national championships in 2005, 2009 and 2017. Williams arrived at UNC after serving as head coach at Kansas for 15 years. Williams was enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007. He reached 700 career wins in fewer season than anyone else in NCAA history.


On August 24, 2018, the court of the Dean Smith Center was dedicated in his name. With his team's win over Florida State on Feb. 24, 2021, Williams reached 900 wins as a Division I head coach. After finishing his 18 seasons as the head coach of the Tar Heels, Williams announced his retirement on April 1, 2021.



Head Coach Roy Williams speaks to the press after the game against N.C. State in the Smith Center on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. UNC beat N.C. State 85-79.

Former DTH sports editors tell their Roy Williams stories

After UNC men's basketball head coach Roy Williams announced his retirement on Thursday, senior writer Brian Keyes reached out to several previous sports editors of The Daily Tar Heel to ask them about their thoughts on the moment and their memories of the Hall of Fame coach. Here's what they had to say. 

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