/North Carolina’s Roy Williams announces retirement after 33 seasons as Hall of Fame coach at UNC, Kansas
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North Carolina’s Roy Williams announces retirement after 33 seasons as Hall of Fame coach at UNC, Kansas

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North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams, a member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, is retiring after 33 seasons and 903 wins, UNC announced Thursday. Williams, 70, is scheduled to address the media in a formal press conference at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Williams began his college career first as a player at North Carolina under Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith then became an assistant on Smith’s staff, where he served from 1978-1988 before taking over as head coach at Kansas. With the Jayhawks, he went 418-101 from 1988-2003. He then returned to UNC in 2003.

Wherever Williams went, winning followed. As an assistant, the Tar Heels won a national title and advanced to two Final Fours. At Kansas as head coach, the Jayhawks went to four Final Fours and twice finished as the national runner-up. And at North Carolina, he won national championships in 2005, 2009 and 2017, adding during that illustrious tenure five Final Four appearances, eight Elite Eights, 10 Sweet 16s. The program also won three conference tournament titles and and nine regular-season championships.

Williams finishes his career third all-time in wins by a Division I head coach. He reached the 900-win milestone in fewer games (1,161) and seasons (33) than any coach in NCAA history. His 903 wins in 33 seasons is 100 more than any other coach in NCAA history including Duke legend Mike Krzyzewski and Williams’ mentor, Dean Smith.

After UNC’s national championship in 2017, the program had largely struggled to match the consistent brilliance it typically has under Williams. UNC made the NCAA Tournament in 2018 and 2019, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2019. But in 2019-20 UNC had its worst season ever and would have missed the tournament had it been held. The 2020-21 Tar Heels were tournament quality, but they were bounced in Round 1 as an 8 seed in a stunning 85-62 loss.