CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Former North Carolina star Sean May has joined the UNC Basketball staff, a school official confirmed on Monday.
May is serving as the assistant to the director of player development for the 2015-16 season.
“Sean is one of the smartest players I have ever coached,” Roy Williams said in a statement. “He’s made the decision that his professional basketball playing career is over after 10 years, and he would like to see if coaching is the next step for him to pursue. The position he is in will allow him to help our staff and show him what our coaches do on a daily basis. We are pleased to have him back in Chapel Hill.”
May, whose honored jersey hangs from the Smith Center rafters, earned National Player of the Year and First-Team All-America honors as a junior in 2005, leading UNC to the national championship. He is the last UNC player to average a career double-double.
May was selected in the first round of the NBA Draft after his junior season and played four seasons in the NBA with Charlotte and Sacramento, followed by five seasons overseas.
“I've always been interested in coaching in college basketball so it makes perfect sense for me to get started along that path at the place it all began for me,” said May, who returned to complete his UNC degree in 2009. “Over the last couple of summers I've talked with Coach Williams about pursuing coaching as my next career. After 10 years of playing professionally I felt this was the perfect time for me to start working on my next career.
“Fortunately for me, Coach Williams is giving me the opportunity to do it at a place that means so much to me, which allows me to learn and develop under someone who taught me so much about the game of basketball. I'm excited to be coming home!”