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On this Date 1961 - HOF Dean Smith Earns First Career Victory

By Rick Strunk - NCSHOF Director of Student-Athlete Program, 12/02/17, 6:00AM EST

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On this day in history in the NCSHOF, Dean Smith earned his first career victory as a head basketball coach at the University of North Carolina...

December 2, 1961 - On this day in history in the NCSHOF, Dean Smith earned his first career victory as a head basketball coach at the University of North Carolina, as he guided the Tar Heels to an 80-46 win over Virginia at Woollen Gym in Chapel Hill. It was the first of his 879 victories in a 36-year coaching career. He was enshrined in the NCSHOF in 1981.

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