Roy Williams 2008
A native of Marion, Roy Williams was named the head men’s basketball coach at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina, on April 14, 2003, after a wildly successful stint at Kansas. He led the Tar Heels to national titles in 2005 and 2009.
The 1972 Carolina graduate, who served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2004 Olympics, joined the Tar Heels after leading Kansas to back-to-back appearances in the Final Four. Prior to taking the Jayhawks’ head coaching position in 1988, he served as an assistant coach under Dean Smith.
On April 2, 2007, Williams was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2007.