UNC Extends Williams's Contract Through 2020

North Carolina officially announced a contract extension and raise for head basketball coach Roy Williams on Friday.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—The University of North Carolina and head men’s basketball coach Roy Williams have agreed in principle to extend his contract through the 2019-20 season and increase the compensation package for the Hall of Famer and two-time national championship-winning coach.

Next season, Williams will begin his 13th year as the head coach at his alma mater and his 28th as a collegiate coach. He sports an overall record of 750-202, making him one of 15 coaches in history to win 750 games. His winning percentage of .788 is the highest among active coaches with 20 years experience and the sixth-best all-time. His teams have won 27.8 games per season, more than any other coach with 750 or more wins.

“I’ve said I want to coach another six to 10 years, so this contract takes me right to the edge of that, which is good,” says Williams. “I appreciate the confidence Chancellor Folt and Bubba Cunningham have in my leadership of the basketball program. They’ve demonstrated that with this contract extension, and with their support over the past several years, which have been a challenge for all who love Carolina as I do. I thank them on behalf of our basketball program and me personally.”

Williams’ new contract includes a base salary ranging from $408,169 next year to $595,409 in 2019-20, deferred compensation ranging from $1,550,000 next year to $1,750,000 in 2019-20 and an annual expense account of $40,000.

Williams may receive bonus compensation each year for the following:
• $75,000 for the men’s basketball team posting an annual Academic Progress Rate of 975 or higher
• $25,000 for qualifying for the NCAA Basketball Tournament
• $100,000 for advancing to the second round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament
• $150,000 for advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Basketball Tournament
• $200,000 for advancing to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Basketball Tournament
• $200,000 for advancing to the Final Four of the NCAA Basketball Tournament
• $250,000 for winning the NCAA Basketball Tournament

In addition to University compensation, Williams also has personal contracts with Nike and Learfield for clothing/apparel and multi-media obligations, respectively.

Williams has a 332-101 record in 12 seasons as Carolina’s head coach. He has led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Tournament 11 times, winning the title in 2005 and 2009. His UNC teams have won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season crown six times and the ACC Tournament twice.

Carolina’s win over Arkansas in the 2015 NCAA Tournament was his 65th NCAA Tournament victory, which ties him for the second-most all-time with Dean Smith. He is tied for fourth all-time with seven Final Four appearances.

Williams’ players have won the Skip Prosser Award as the top men’s basketball student-athlete in the ACC in three of the last five seasons. He is the only coach in the country to have two different players win the Academic All-America of the Year award.

“The University of North Carolina is fortunate to have Roy Williams directing its basketball program and we are proud to extend his contract through the 2020 season,” says Cunningham. “His results on the court over 27 years as a head coach are among the most accomplished in the history of the sport, but his love for the University of North Carolina and the way he cares for his students are truly unmatched. Roy is a man of character and integrity and I have great respect for the way he leads our basketball program.”

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