UNC Alums in the College Coaching Ranks

With the 2001-02 college basketball season ready to take off here's a look at the Tar Heels in the college coaching ranks ...

MATT DOHERTY ('84) - North Carolina (Atlantic Coast Conference), 2nd Year: A UNC player from 1980-84 ... Averaged 9.3 pts. as sophomore member of '82 national champs ... In first year as head coach, at Notre Dame, won 22 games ... Was an assistant at Davidson for 3 years and with Kansas for 7 years.

Last year's record of 26-7 and 13-3 (ACC) earned a share of the ACC regular season crown and selection as The Associated Press National Coach of the Year. Picked for 4th-place in the ACC media preseason poll. Ranked 20th by the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. Season opener: 11/16 vs. Hampton (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).

BUTCH ESTES ('71) - Guilford College (Old Dominion Athletic Conference - Division III), 3rd Year: Played freshman basketball at UNC and was a JV team student-assistant for Bill Guthridge for 3 years ... Has a career record of 243-218 in 15 years as a head coach (Furman, Presbyterian and Guilford).

After going 10-15, 9-9 (ODAC) last year was selected Co-Coach of the Year by the conference coaches. Rated 6th in ODAC coaches preseason poll. Season opener: 11/16 @ East Tennessee State (Southern Conference).

CURTIS HUNTER ('87) - North Carolina A&T (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), 3rd Year: Was a High School All-America selection in 1982 ... Played for North Carolina from 1982-87 ... Played pro ball in Australia & England from 1987-92.

Ended the 2000-01 season with a record of 13-17, 8-10 (MEAC). Ranked 5th in preseason poll of MEAC coaches and SID's. Season opener: 11/16 @ Elon (Big South).

JEFF LEBO ('89) - Tennessee Tech (Ohio Valley Conference), 4th Year: Was an assistant at East Tennessee, Vanderbilt and South Carolina ... Selected as a team captain and an Academic All-American as a UNC player ... His dad, Dave Lebo, is an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech.

After winning the conference title last season with a mark of 13-3 (20-9 overall) was named OVC Coach of the Year for the 2nd year in a row. Generally considered to be a rising star in the coaching ranks. Season opener: 11/16 @ Tennessee (Southeastern Conference).

BUZZ PETERSON ('85) - Tennessee (Southeastern Conference), 1st Year: In 4 seasons at Appalachian State had a mark of 79-39 ... 'Robert' was a member of the Heels '82 championship team ... In '81 was named the North Carolina High School Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year.

Led Tulsa to the NIT title last year going 26-11, 10-6 (WAC). Now has a career record of 105-50 after 5 seasons as a head coach. The SEC media preseason poll placed "BUZZBALL" 3rd in the SEC - East. Season opener: 11/16 vs. Tennessee Tech (Ohio Valley Conference).

TONY SHAVER ('76) - Hampden-Sydney College (Old Dominion Athletic Conference - Division III), 16th Year: Played guard for UNC from 1972-75 ... Helped coach the Tar Heel JV squad as a senior ... Has a career record of 307-111 (73.4%) in 15 years at Hampden-Sydney.

Won the ODAC championship last year for the 7th time (24-5, 14-4) and went to the NCAA Division III tourney for the 5th year in a row. Ranked #8 by the D3hoops.com preseason poll, #1 by the ODAC coaches poll and predicted as a Final Four team by USA Today. Season opener: vs. Hilbert College (Eastern College Athletic Conference - Division III).

RANDY WIEL ('79) - Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt Conference), 6th Year: After UNC playing career ended was a Tar Heel assistant coach for 7 years ... As head coach at UNC-Asheville was 32-50 over 3 seasons ... Coached the Netherlands National Team in '92.

The move from the OVC to the Sun Belt was a tough one -- 5-22, 1-15 (SBC). Predicted to come in 2nd in the Sun Belt - East by Basketball News College Preview Magazine. Season opener: 11/17 vs. Bryan College (NAIA).

ROY WILLIAMS ('72) - Kansas (Big 12), 14th Year: Was a UNC assistant under Dean Smith from 1978-88 ... Has an impressive mark of 355-89 (80%) as head coach of the Jayhawks after 13 seasons.

Roy's Jayhawks went 26-7, 12-4 (Big 12) on the way to the Sweet Sixteen last year. Chosen to win the Big 12 in preseason polls by both the Big 12 media and coaches. Currently ranked #5 by the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. Season opener: 11/19 Maui Invitational vs. Ball State (Mid-American Conference).

ED WILLS ('94) - Ferrum College (Dixie Conference - Division III), 2nd Year: After 4 years as assistant took over as Ferrum's head coach in September 2000 ... Also is head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams at Ferrum ... Served as varsity manager of UNC's 1993 National Champs.

Went 7-18 and 2-10 (Dixie) last year in first season as head coach. Ranked 5th in preseason poll of conference coaches. Season opener: 11/17 & 18 in the Roanoke College Tip-off Tournament.


Coaching Changes From Last Season

RICK DUCKETT ('79) left Winston-Salem State (CIAA - Division II) after 3 years to be an assistant coach at Wake Forest (ACC). EDDIE FOGLER ('70) retired from South Carolina (SEC) after 7 years. PAT SULLIVAN left an assistant coach post at Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt) to become an assistant coach for the UNC-Wilmington women's program. BUZZ PETERSON is the head coach at Tennessee (SEC) after 1 season with Tulsa (WAC).


Current Assistant Coaches

SCOTT CHERRY ('93), George Mason (Colonial Athletic Association), 3rd Year

RICK DUCKETT ('79), Wake Forest (Atlantic Coast Conference), 1st Year

MIKE ELLIS ('88), Virginia Commonwealth (Colonial Athletic Association), 14th Year

BRAD FREDERICK ('99), Vanderbilt (Southeastern Conference), 2nd Year

STEPHEN GILES ('90), Florida State (Atlantic Coast Conference)

PAT SULLIVAN ('95), UNC-Wilmington [Women] (Colonial Athletic Association), 1st Year

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