skip navigation

Thanks Roy!

By Lauren Brownlow - WRAL, 04/01/21, 12:00PM EDT


Roy Williams retires after 33 years and 3 National Titles

It's not an April Fool's joke — Roy Williams is going to retire after 33 years as a head coach, per a release from the university.

There has been speculation the last few years about when Williams' career would end, but the 70-year-old had shown no signs of slowing down, becoming the fastest-ever coach to reach 903 wins earlier this season.

Still, the last two seasons hadn't gone as well as Williams would have liked as the Tar Heels went 14-19 last year and 18-11 this year with the season ending in an 85-62 loss to 9th-seed Wisconsin, giving Williams his first ever first-round NCAA Tournament loss.

But the last two seasons aside, Williams has had incredible success as a head coach both at his alma mater and at Kansas before that; he's the only coach in NCAA history to have 400 wins or more at two different schools. Even with the recent struggles, his winning percentage (.774) is sixth-highest in NCAA history. And of course Williams won three national titles, all at North Carolina, and went to nine Final Fours, five at North Carolina. His 79 total NCAA Tournament wins rank third all-time.

Twelve of Williams' 33 seasons were 30-win seasons, and after completing his 18th season at North Carolina, he now ranks third all-time in ACC regular-season wins with 212.

For more - click here