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.
Statements on Dean Smith
February 8, 2015
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
February 12, 2015
February 13, 2015
Roy Williams Q&A From 2011 On Dean Smith
February 22, 2015
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)
TheACC.com: Remembering Dean Smith
Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund