CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Phil Ford, Carolina men's basketball's alltime leading scorer and former chief assistant coach, is joining the Tar Heel Sports Network broadcast team. Ford will provide pregame, halftime and postgame analysis at all home games, select away games and postseason contests.
"I am really excited about Phil joining the broadcast team with Woody (Durham) and Mick (Mixon)," says head coach Matt Doherty. "He is one of the most popular Tar Heels ever. He has done so much to establish the legacy of this program, both as a player and coach. He will give the listeners great insight to the game and the Carolina traditions.
"I appreciate Phil"s loyalty to the program. He is not only a great figure in Carolina basketball history, but more importantly we have become good friends."
The Rocky Mount, N.C., native led the Tar Heels to the 1975 and 1977 ACC Tournament championships, winning MVP honors as a freshman in 1975. In 1977, he led Carolina to the NCAA finals. He is the Tar Heels" leading scorer with 2,290 points and is third in assists with 753. Ford, the 1978 National College Player of the Year, was NBA Rookie of the Year in 1979.
He was an assistant coach at Carolina from 1988-2000. The Tar Heels went to the Final Four six times (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2000), winning the title in 1993, and won the ACC championship five times (1989, 1991, 1994, 1997 and 1998) in his tenure on the bench.
Ford currently is an associate vice-president at the Educational Foundation. The Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization that primarily raises scholarship money for UNC student-athletes and provides funding for capital projects. Ford"s duties include fundraising, serving as a liaison with former Tar Heel student-athletes, working to endow the men"s basketball program, managing Carolina Outreach and directing community projects geared toward youth development.
"This is a nice opportunity for me to be part of the broadcast team with Woody and Mick," says Ford. "I feel honored to join their team. I think everybody knows how special the University and basketball program are to me. I'm really looking forward to the start of the season on Friday."