Roy Williams 2008
One of the nation’s most respected basketball coaches, Roy Williams has been UNC’s head basketball coach for 7 seasons and led the Tar Heels to a 196-51 record and two NCAA national championships (2005, 2009).
On April 2, 2007, Williams was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2007.
On December 9, 2006, he won his 500th game as a head coach, reaching the milestone in fewer seasons (19) than any other head coach in NCAA Division I history.
He was named the 2006 National and ACC Coach of the Year after losing the team’s top seven scorers from the previous season and leading UNC to a 12-4 ACC record and No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament.
Williams earned 2006 National Coach-of-the-Year honors from the Associated Press, the USBWA, the Rupp Award and SI.com. It was the sixth season after which Williams has been named National Coach of the Year.
Carolina ended the 2004-05 season with a national title and a 33-4 overall record, the sixth time Roy Williams had directed a team to 30 or more wins in a season and the fifth time he has led a team to the Final Four. The Tar Heels won the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 14-2 record, including a 6-2 mark on the road.
Williams’ teams have played in the NCAA Final Four six times. His Kansas teams advanced to the Final Four in 1991, 1993, 2002 and 2003.
Carolina was seeded first in the Syracuse regional, the sixth of seven times his teams have been seeded No. 1 in the NCAA Tournament (including 2007). Williams was named National Coach of the Year by the New York Athletic Club after the season.
Williams became the UNC coach on April 14, 2003, just one week after leading the Kansas Jayhawks to the NCAA championship game. In 2003-04, he led the Tar Heels to a 19-11 record, a win over No. 1-ranked and eventual national champion Connecticut and a return to the NCAA Tournament.
The 1972 Carolina graduate was an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2004 Olympics. Williams has coached teams that have won more than 80 percent of its games, his players have been exemplary student-athletes and his programs have been first-class in all aspects.
Williams joined the Tar Heels after leading Kansas to back-to-back appearances in the Final Four. He has led Kansas and Carolina to 18 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, the second-longest active streak in the country and the third-longest in NCAA Tournament history.
By beating Eastern Kentucky in 2007, Williams became the only coach to win at least one NCAA Tournament game in 18 consecutive seasons, breaking the NCAA record held by former Carolina coach Dean Smith.
Williams ended the 2008-09 season with a 594-138 record – a winning percentage of 81.1. His win percentage is No. 1 among men’s active coaches with 10 or more years and his fourth-best in history behind only Clair Bee (.826), Adolph Rupp (.822) and John Wooden (.805).
In 2003 he received the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.