Roy Williams Named UNC Men's Basketball Coach

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina has named Roy Williams as the 18th head coach in Tar Heel men's basketball history, Director of Athletics Dick Baddour announced at a press conference on Monday night at the Smith Center.

Williams was an assistant under former UNC head coach Dean Smith for 10 seasons from 1978-88. He returns to Carolina from the University of Kansas, where, in 15 seasons as head coach he led the Jayhawks to four NCAA Final Four berths, including a runner-up finish in 2003.

Williams sports a career record of 418-101 and his career winning percentage (.805) is the highest among all active Division I coaches with at least six years experience. He led the Jayhawks to 14 straight 20-win seasons.

Williams' teams won nine conference championships in his 15 years at Kansas. In seven years of Big 12 Conference play, his teams went 94-18 against conference foes, capturing the league title in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2003 and the postseason tournament crown in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

From 1995-98, Kansas was a combined 123-17 - an average of 30.8 wins per season. Williams led KU to 14 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Final Four in 1991, 1993, 2002 and 2003. Under Williams, KU played in the National Championship game twice, in 1991 and 2003.

In his 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Carolina, the Tar Heels went 275-61, won three Atlantic Coast Conference titles (1979, 1981 and 1982), advanced to two Final Fours (1981 and 1982) and won the 1982 NCAA championship.

Williams is a three-time national coach of the year, a former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and a former chairman of the men's basketball rules committee. He received the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award last weekend in Los Angeles. He was named head coach at Kansas on July 8, 1988.

Williams, 52 (born August 1, 1950), and his wife, Wanda, have a son, Scott (a 1999 UNC graduate), and a daughter, Kimberly (a 2002 UNC graduate). Scott, a guard on the Tar Heel basketball team during the 1998 and 1999 seasons, works as a financial analyst in Charlotte. Kimberly resides in Lawrence, Kan.


1988-89 19-12 .613
1989-90 30-5 .857 NCAA Tournament 2nd Round
1990-91 27-8 .771 NCAA Final Four (2nd Place)
1991-92 27-5 .844 NCAA Tournament 2nd Round
1992-93 29-7 .806 NCAA Final Four (Tie 3rd Place)
1993-94 27-8 .771 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
1994-95 25-6 .806 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
1995-96 29-5 .853 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1996-97 34-2 .944 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
1997-98 35-4 .897 NCAA Tournament 2nd Round
1998-99 23-10 .697 NCAA Tournament 2nd Round
1999-00 24-10 .706 NCAA Tournament 2nd Round
2000-01 26-7 .788 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
2001-02 33-4 .892 NCAA Final Four (Tie 3rd Place)
2002-03 30-8 .789 NCAA Final Four (2nd Place)
Totals 418-101 .805

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