Long-time North Carolina head coach Roy Williams retires at the age of 70. Considered one of the greatest coaches of all time, Coach Williams ends his career with three national titles (2005, 2009, 2017) and an incredible record of 903-264. While most today acknowledge Williams for his amazing successes at UNC, he also spent 15 seasons at Kansas leading the Jayhawks program.
After 33 years as a Hall of Fame head coach, our beloved Tar Heel Roy Williams is announcing his retirement.
Thank you for all you have done and meant to everyone who plays and loves our game.
— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) April 1, 2021
Over the course of his career as head coach of the Tar Heels, Williams had a record of 79-27 in the NCAA tournament. On top of the three titles, he led Kansas and North Carolina to a combined 9 Final Fours, 18 regular-season conference titles, and 8 conference tournament titles. Those conference titles span from the Big Eight to the Big 12 and of course the ACC.
He was awarded numerous Coach of the Year awards throughout his career and was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 and then the Basketball Hall of Fame a year later in 2007. The amount of big-name players and recruits that Roy Williams coached includes Paul Pierce, Sean May, Raymond Felton, Marvin Williams, Tyler Hansbrough, and recent stars like Justin Jackson, Coby White, and Cole Anthony. His mark on the game continues to be important.
This season the Tar Heels captured Williams’ 900th win. He became the fastest coach to reach the mark in D-I history. His 903rd win this season pushed him past Bobby Knight for #3 all-time in wins. The season ended in the first round of the NCAA tournament, falling to Wisconsin 85-62, it was the first time Williams lost a first-round game in his career, 29-1 overall. They finished the year with a record of 18-11.