Dean Smith was the head coach of the Tar Heels from 1961 to 1997, retiring as the winningest coach in college basketball. He led the Tar Heels to national championships in 1982 and 1993, to 13 ACC Tournament titles, 11 Final Fours, and an NIT championship, and directed the United States Olympic Team to a gold medal at the 1976 Summer Games.

ESPN’s SportsCentury program selected Smith as one of the seven greatest coaches of the 20th Century with Red Auerbach, Bear Bryant, George Halas, Vince Lombardi, John McGraw and John Wooden.

In 36 seasons at UNC, Smith’s teams had a record of 879-254. He set the record for winning more games than any Division I men’s coach in history, surpassing Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp with his 877th victory over Colorado in the 1997 NCAA Tournament. He finished his career by leading UNC to the Final Four in four of his final seven seasons.

Full Smith Bio

Statements on Dean Smith


February 8, 2015 

Dean Smith, 1931-2015

Lucas: The Stories Are True

Dean Smith Photos

Tributes: Social Media Reaction

Celebration Video

Walston: Legacy of a Lifetime

Statement From Roy Williams

Statement From President Obama

Statements From Former Players, etc.


February 9, 2015

Kiger: Time Stands Still

Students Pay Tribute to Smith With Vigil

Plans For Celebration of the Life of Dean Smith, Services

Lucas: Group Therapy 


February 12, 2015

Smith's Transition Not Always Smooth


February 13, 2015

Roy Williams Q&A From 2011 On Dean Smith


February 22, 2015

Lucas: Family Weekend

Remembering Coach Smith

Walston: The Winner


GoHeels TV Videos 

Roy Williams Press Conference

Roy Williams Recalls Dean Smith

Former Players Share Memories of Dean Smith

Public Memorial Recap


Fan Memories of Dean Smith 

Part 1 (Monday, Feb. 9)

Part 2 (Tuesday, Feb. 10)

Part 3 (Wednesday, Feb. 11)

Part 4 (Thursday, Feb. 12)

Part 5 (Friday, Feb. 13) Remembering Dean Smith

Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund

UNC North Carolina Men's Basketball

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