Sylvia Hatchell's 2016 Carolina Basketball Camps
Release: 11/30/2012

A Message From Coach Hatchell

Dear Tar Heel Camper,

For 29 years, we have been dedicated to providing girls of all ages the opportunity to learn, excel and perfect their game of basketball.  Our experienced and knowledgeable staff is committed to helping each camper develop and improve her skills of the game in a challenging but fun atmosphere. 

We look forward to you joining us in the CAROLINA EXPERIENCE and being a part of the Tar Heel family this summer. 

Coach Sylvia Hatchell

Camp Brochure with Application

- 2016 Camper Information (for Elite, Individual, Shooting & Position Campers)

- 2016 UNC Release Form & Waiver Form (required for participation in all camps)

- 2016 Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation Form (required for participation in all camps and used in lieu of the doctor's signature on the waiver or the school physical)

- 2016 Team Camp Information (for Team Camp Coaches)

- 2016 Team Roster Form (for Team Camp Coaches)

- 2016 Preferred Hotel Flyer (Four Hotel Choices)

Please note: All camps are open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender).

Register Online for Camp! - A processing fee of 5% is added to camp fees by the online company

You may also mail your application along with the deposit or full payment to:

Sylvia Hatchell's Carolina Girls' Basketball Camps
P.O. Box 2411
Chapel Hill, NC 27515

2016 Camp Schedule 
June 3-5: Elite College Prep Camp (Ages 14-18)
June 29-July 2: Individual Camp (Ages 8-18) 
July 3-4: Shooting Camp (Ages 8-18)
July 4-5: Finishing Moves (Ages 8-18)
July 6-9: Individual Camp (Ages 8-18) 

June 23-25: Carolina's Finest Team Camp #1 (8 games)
June 26-28: Carolina's Finest Team Camp #2 (8 games)

For more information:

• Call (919) 942-9208
• Email:
• Website:


June 3-5
Ages 14-18 
This session is for the advanced, highly-skilled, serious-minded, very intense high school player. This camp will help prepare the top players for the college level game. Prior experience as a varsity starter is strongly recommended but not required.

June 29-July 2 and July 6-9
Ages 8-18

The camps will be divided into six or more age and ability groups for instruction and competition. Emphasis will be placed on fundamentals, individual defense, individual offense and shooting technique. Each camper will have the opportunity to improve her skills and develop an increased enjoyment of the game of basketball.

Awards will be given in each age group for Hot Shot Champion, Free Throw Champion and One-on-One Champion. Awards will be given on each team for Best Offensive Player, Best Defensive Player, Most Improved Player and Best Camper.

July 3-4
Ages 8-18 

Each camper will be taught fundamental systematic approach to shooting, a step-by-step shooting progression, shooting drills and shot selection - everything you need to improve your shot. The camp has been highly praised for its success in improving players' shooting percentages.

July 4-5
Ages 8-18
Players will receive individual instruction on their skill development. Post players will work on playing with their back to the basket, posting and scoring in the paint, being a good offensive rebounder, rebounding defensively, blockouts, starting the fastbreak outlet pass, using screens, use of the bank shot and many other aspects of inside play. Guards or perimeter players will work on how to get open, footwork, triple-threat position, one-on-one moves, ball handling and passing skills, reading screens and shooting the three-point shot.


June 23-25 and June 26-28

Teams must include at least eight players. Each team must provide its own transportation to and from the airport as well as between the gyms.

Each team will play at least eight games against teams of similar ability. Teams will be divided into leagues by coaches' choice or by competition level. Games will be refereed by certified officials and will be played in the Dean E. Smith Center. Awards will be given in each league for Best Defensive Team, Best Offensive Team, Best Rebounding Team and Best Sportsmanship.

The team camp features seminars on study skills, time management, conditioning, strength training, nutrition, leadership and team building, as well as clinics for players and coaches.


LOCATION: Sylvia Hatchell's basketball camps are held on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For individual camps only, transportation is available to meet incoming planes at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the Chapel Hill bus station and the Durham train station. Transportation is for campers attending the Elite College Prep, Shooting, Position and Individual camps only! Campers must arrive on the day of check in and leave on the day of check out.

HOUSING AND MEALS: Campers will live and eat at Granville Towers, student housing at UNC. Granville Towers is located near Franklin Street and features air-conditioned rooms and private baths.

FACILITIES: Woollen Gym, Fetzer Gym, Rams Head Recreational Complex, the Dean E. Smith Center and the newly renovated Carmichael Arena will be used for instruction and competition. For individual camps, campers will be transported to and from the gyms by bus. Teams must provide their own transportation.

WHAT TO BRING: Linens, pillow, towels, playing clothes, personal items, basketball shoes, socks, shower shoes and alarm clock.

ROOM ASSIGNMENTS: Roommates will be pre-assigned according to registration forms. Key deposit is $30.

TUITION: Fees are as follows and cover the entire cost of instruction, meals, lodging and insurance: 

Elite College Prep Camp: $300

Individual Camps: $490 ($390 for day campers)

Shooting Camp Only: $225

Shooting Camp (Stay over): $275 (This fee is for campers who need an extra night's lodging to attend the Shooting Camp and to stay over for the Individual Camp on June 29-July 2. Total cost to attend both Individual 1 and Shooting Camps is $765)

Finishing Moves Camp Only: $225

Position Camp (Stay over): $275 (This fee is for campers who need an extra night's lodging to attend the Position Camp and to stay over for the Individual Camp on July 6-9. Total cost to attend both Position Camp and Individual 2 is $765)

Note: A supervised day camper lounge is available for campers during the two individual camps, the position camp and shooting camp; however, there is not a price break for the position and shooting camps.

Carolina’s Finest Team Camps: $285 (June 23-25 and June 26-28, 8 games)

REFUNDS: Deposits are non-refundable, with the only exception a written doctor's excuse. Refund requests (less a $50 administrative fee) must be made in writing by July 9. Team deposits and player deposits for team camps are non-refundable. 

Camp Director: Sylvia Hatchell

North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell solidified her place among the legends of basketball in 2013 when the winningest active coach in women’s basketball was chosen for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2013. After a season that saw Hatchell join Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt in the 900-win club, Hatchell’s induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame cements her status as one of the greatest ever to coach the women’s game

Hatchell’s career record of 961-340 gives her more wins than any other active women’s coach and second only in the history of the sport to the legendary Pat Summitt. With a 689-260 mark at Carolina, she also stands as one of only three coaches - along with Kay Yow and Debbie Ryan - to reach the 600-win mark at an Atlantic Coast Conference school.

Beyond the sheer magnitude of wins, Hatchell’s credentials are sterling. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004, has been named national coach of the year three times and has led teams to at least 20 wins 31 times, fourth-most nationally.

While Hatchell keeps impressive company in many categories, she is also part of an exclusive club that features just one member. When UNC defeated Louisiana Tech to win the 1994 NCAA Championship, Hatchell became the first and only coach to lead teams to national championships at the AIAW, NAIA and NCAA levels. Those titles - the first two coming at Francis Marion - are the crown jewels in one of the most decorated coaching careers in women’s basketball history.

Though Hatchell’s highly-regarded coaching career has made her a pillar in the sport of basketball, more recently she is best known for her battle with leukemia that forced her to the sidelines for the entire 2013-14 season. Only weeks removed from induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Hatchell was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2013.

Hatchell went through a series of chemotherapy treatments that lasted into March 2014, the same time her Tar Heel team clawed its way to the Elite 8 and was minutes away from a spot in the NCAA Final Four, before falling to Stanford on its home court in the Regional Final. There was hope that Hatchell would rejoin the team if Carolina had reached the Finals Four in Nashville, Tennessee.

In May 2014, Hatchell’s doctor announced that she had completed all treatments and would be back on the bench for the 2014-15 campaign. And in typical program fashion, the Tar Heels had another outstanding season, posting a 26-9 record and a No. 9 final ranking.

Hatchell continues to be an adamant supporter of the fight against cancer with help from her teammates at UNC Lineberger Cancer Center. Hatchell also fills her calendar with numerous speaking engagements to raise money and awareness of the deadly disease.

Since coming to Chapel Hill in 1986, Hatchell has forged a tradition of excellence at Carolina. Under her direction, the Tar Heels have won a national championship and eight ACC titles, compiled six 30-win seasons and claimed five ACC Player of the Year and seven ACC Rookie of the Year honors. “With the reputation of the school, the image, the location and the athletic programs - including the men’s basketball program - I knew we could build a tremendous women’s basketball program here,” Hatchell says.

While that 1994 championship season, which capped back-to-back 30-win seasons, marked Carolina as a player on the national scene, Hatchell and the Tar Heels have surged to the forefront of that scene in recent years. Since the beginning of the 2004-05 season, UNC has compiled a record of 279-69, won four Atlantic Coast Conference titles and made two Final Four appearances.

With Hatchell away from the team in her normal capacity in 2013-14, associate head coach Andrew Calder guided the club to a 27-10 record and a No. 4 seed in the Stanford Region. The Tar Heels appeared in the Elite 8 for the seventh time in program history, defeated No. 1 seed South Carolina in the regional semifinals and swept Duke in the regular season for the first time in six years.

The 2012-13 season saw Carolina reclaim its position as one of the top teams in America. The Tar Heels finished with a record of 29-7 that featured a Preseason WNIT championship and a run to the ACC Tournament title game. UNC received the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Bridgeport Region, its highest NCAA seed since earning four consecutive No. 1 seeds from 2005-08.

The 2007-08 campaign featured a Carolina first under Hatchell - the Tar Heels completed an undefeated ACC regular season. In addition to winning all 14 regular season contests, the Tar Heels brought home a fourth-straight tournament crown by defeating Duke, 86-73. UNC earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight postseason and advanced to the Elite Eight.

Hatchell’s Tar Heels were among the nation’s best throughout the 2006-07 season, which saw Carolina establish a school record for wins with 34. UNC opened the campaign with a 24-game winning streak, the best start to a season in school history. Along the way the Tar Heels defeated national powers Tennessee and Connecticut as well as defending national champion Maryland. March saw Carolina win its third ACC championship in as many years and advance to the Final Four for the third time in program history.

The 2005-06 season was one of the most successful in program history and Hatchell was honored accordingly. The Tar Heels earned the program’s first in-season No. 1 ranking, won a second-consecutive ACC title and reached the Final Four. Hatchell was honored as national coach of the year by the Associated Press, the WBCA and Basketball Times. She also received the Naismith Award and was named ACC Coach of the Year.

Among the players Hatchell has coached during her career are Charlotte Smith, a national player of the year whose last-second shot won the 1994 national championship and who now coaches Elon University; Marion Jones, the point guard on the 1994 team; forward Tracy Reid, a two-time ACC Player of the Year and the 1998 WNBA Rookie of the Year; and Ivory Latta, the 2006 national player of the year and a two-time WNBA All-Star with Washington. Other former Tar Heels with WNBA experience are Nikki Teasley, who hit the winning shot as the Los Angeles Sparks won the 2002 league championship and was named MVP of the 2003 WNBA All-Star Game; Coretta Brown, who played for the Chicago Sky; La’Tangela Atkinson, a first-round draft pick in 2006; Camille Little, another first-round pick who won a WNBA title with Seattle; Erlana Larkins, a consensus All-America in 2008 who won a WNBA title with Indiana; LaToya Pringle, UNC’s career leader in blocks; Jessica Breland, who bravely returned from a battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma to lead the 2010-11 Tar Heels to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen; and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, who went from undrafted free agent to key contributor for the WNBA’s Washington Mystic in 2013.

In preparation for a career in coaching, Hatchell earned a B.S. degree in physical education and health from Carson-Newman in 1974. While at Carson-Newman, in addition to playing basketball and volleyball, Hatchell coached the Talbott School girls’ basketball team to a winning season and a trip to the playoffs. She then spent a year coaching the junior varsity women’s team and earning a master’s degree at the University of Tennessee.

Prior to taking over the Tar Heel program, Hatchell guided Francis Marion to a 272-80 mark over 11 seasons. She coached the 1986 Lady Patriots to a remarkable 36-2 record and a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national championship. Her 1982 team was her first national championship squad, as Francis Marion captured the AIAW small college division crown.

In 1984, the Lady Patriots posted a 28-5 record, advancing to the quarterfinals of the NAIA national tournament, and received the Fellowship of Christian Athletes National Team Sportsmanship Award. Under Hatchell’s direction, Francis Marion routinely led the nation in scoring and the Lady Patriots were never ranked lower than 18th during her 11 seasons. In 1993, Hatchell was inducted into the Francis Marion University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Hatchell’s collegiate success is only a part of her impressive head coaching resume. In August 1995, she led the U.S. to a silver medal at the World University Games in Fukuoka, Japan. Former Tar Heels Sylvia Crawley and Charlotte Smith were key members of the team, and Marion Jones was named to the team but broke a bone in her foot and could not compete.

During the summer of 1994, Hatchell directed the United States team to the gold medal in the R. William Jones Cup. The team’s 8-0 record included a 76-67 win over Canada and a 90-89 overtime victory against Korea in the championship game. Hatchell also has extensive international experience as an assistant coach of U.S. women’s teams. She was an assistant coach for the U.S. team that claimed the gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games and served in the same capacity for the 1986 U.S. national women’s squad that won gold medals at both the Goodwill Games and World Championships. In fact, she was at training camp with that national team at Eastern Michigan University when she received the call from Swofford informing her that she would be Carolina’s next coach.

Hatchell’s stints in international competition also include serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. World University Games team that won the gold medal in 1983 and the team that won a silver medal in 1985. She was a court coach at the U.S. Olympic basketball tryouts in both 1984 and 1992 and also worked on the Olympic Games basketball events staff in Los Angeles in 1984. In her initial task for the Amateur Basketball Association of the United States of America, she coached the South team to the gold medal at the 1982 National Sports Festival. In 1979, Hatchell joined legendary Maryland coach Chris Weller to coach the East All-Stars at the Hanes All-American Classic. The West team was led by Jody Conradt of Texas and Sonja Hogg of Louisiana Tech.
In addition to her national coach of the year honors, Hatchell’s long list of coaching awards includes the 1986 Converse NAIA Regional Coach of the Year and the 1986 AMF Voit Championship Coach Award. In 1995, she was named College Basketball Coach of the Year by Athletes International Ministries.

Actively involved in shaping the sport of women’s basketball, Hatchell served as president of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association during the 1996-97 season.

Hatchell graduated cum laude from Carson-Newman College, where she played basketball and volleyball. In March 1994, she was honored as the Carson-Newman Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and in 1999 she was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. In the summer of 2009, Hatchell had the honor of being inducted into both the North Carolina and South Carolina Sports Halls of Fame.

Hatchell’s husband, Sammy, is also a basketball coach. Formerly the all-time winningest coach at Meredith College in Raleigh, Sammy is currently the associate head coach of the Shaw University women’s team that won the 2012 Division II national title. Fittingly, the couple met at a summer league basketball game and attended a basketball clinic on their first date. They married two years later, in 1979. Sammy helps run the North Carolina basketball camps each summer.

The Hatchells have a son, Van, a former all-state and Carolina men’s basketball player who is a graduate of UNC.

“Van has grown up around our players and staff and Sammy has known them all as long as I have,” Hatchell says. “So instead of having a family of three, Van and Sammy and I have a family of 20.”


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