Hatchell Staying at UNC

Chapel Hill --­ University of North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell will return as the Tar Heels' head coach, Director of Athletics Dick Baddour announced on Thursday.

Hatchell recently completed her 22nd season as head coach of the Tar Heels and her 33rd as a collegiate head coach. She has led North Carolina to four consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championships, two Final Four appearances in the last four years and trips to at least the NCAA regional finals from 2005-08. She led the Tar Heels to the NCAA championship in 1994.

"Sylvia is one of the most successful women¹s basketball coaches in America and has done a phenomenal job in making UNC one of the top programs in the country," says Baddour. "Her teams have won at a very high rate and the student-athletes on her teams have excelled academically as well as athletically. After the 2006-07 season, we talked about looking at her current contract at the end of this year to make sure she was compensated in line with other premier coaches. That is what we have done. This is similar to what we did in 2003 and 2006."

Hatchell, a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, has an overall record of 784-305 and a 512-195 mark at North Carolina. A two-time national coach of the year, she won ACC Coach of the Year honors in 2008 after leading the Tar Heels to a 33-3 record and ACC regular-season and Tournament championships.

"After several conversations with Dick Baddour, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for the head coaching position at the University of South Carolina," says Hatchell. "North Carolina is my home and I am convinced that the support is here for us to continue as one of the top programs in the country. I have the best staff in America. I am excited about our future and look forward to the challenge of winning more championships. I want to thank Dick Baddour, Chancellor Moeser, the Board of Trustees, the University, the community, and last but not least our many wonderful and loyal fans for their support.

"It was an honor to be considered by South Carolina's director of athletics Eric Hyman. South Carolina is one of the few places I would look at because of its location and the relationships I have with so many very special people in the state. I want to thank Eric for his consideration and for how professional he has been through this process. There is no doubt that they are committed to having a strong women's basketball program at South Carolina. I wish them only the best.

"I look forward to leading the University of North Carolina women's basketball team to a great future of winning and hanging many more championship banners in our newly renovated Carmichael Auditorium."

Baddour will propose changes to Hatchell's contract at the Board of Trustees' meeting in May.

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