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Tar Heels To Extend Williams' Contract Through 2020
Release: 06/19/2015
CHAPEL HILL—The University of North Carolina and head men’s basketball coach Roy Williams have agreed in principle to extend his contract through the 2019-20 season and increase the compensation package for the Hall of Famer and two-time national championship-winning coach.

The University also agreed in principle on three-year contracts with and awarded salary increases to head women’s tennis coach Brian Kalbas and head women’s lacrosse coach Jenny Levy.

“Carolina is fortunate to have an outstanding team of head coaches,” says UNC director of athletics Bubba Cunningham. “We are certainly pleased to extend Coach Williams’ contract for two years beyond what was already in place and secure longer term commitments with several of our Olympic sport coaches that go beyond the standard one-year appointments.”

Next season, Williams will begin his 13th year as the head coach at his alma mater and his 28th as a collegiate coach. He sports an overall record of 750-202, making him one of 15 coaches in history to win 750 games. His winning percentage of .788 is the highest among active coaches with 20 years experience and the sixth-best all-time. His teams have won 27.8 games per season, more than any other coach with 750 or more wins.

“I’ve said I want to coach another six to 10 years, so this contract takes me right to the edge of that, which is good,” says Williams. “I appreciate the confidence Chancellor Folt and Bubba Cunningham have in my leadership of the basketball program. They’ve demonstrated that with this contract extension, and with their support over the past several years, which have been a challenge for all who love Carolina as I do. I thank them on behalf of our basketball program and me personally.”

Williams’ new contract includes a base salary ranging from $408,169 next year to $595,409 in 2019-20, deferred compensation ranging from $1,550,000 next year to $1,750,000 in 2019-20 and an annual expense account of $40,000.

Williams may receive bonus compensation each year for the following:

• $75,000 for the men’s basketball team posting an annual Academic Progress Rate of 975 or higher

• $25,000 for qualifying for the NCAA Basketball Tournament

• $100,000 for advancing to the second round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament

• $150,000 for advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Basketball Tournament

• $200,000 for advancing to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Basketball Tournament

• $200,000 for advancing to the Final Four of the NCAA Basketball Tournament

• $250,000 for winning the NCAA Basketball Tournament

 

In addition to University compensation, Williams also has personal contracts with Nike and Learfield for clothing/apparel and multi-media obligations, respectively.

Williams has a 332-101 record in 12 seasons as Carolina’s head coach. He has led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Tournament 11 times, winning the title in 2005 and 2009. His UNC teams have won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season crown six times and the ACC Tournament twice.

Carolina’s win over Arkansas in the 2015 NCAA Tournament was his 65th NCAA Tournament victory, which ties him for the second-most all-time with Dean Smith. He is tied for fourth all-time with seven Final Four appearances.

Williams’ players have won the Skip Prosser Award as the top men’s basketball student-athlete in the ACC in three of the last five seasons. He is the only coach in the country to have two different players win the Academic All-America of the Year award.

“The University of North Carolina is fortunate to have Roy Williams directing its basketball program and we are proud to extend his contract through the 2020 season,” says Cunningham. “His results on the court over 27 years as a head coach are among the most accomplished in the history of the sport, but his love for the University of North Carolina and the way he cares for his students are truly unmatched. Roy is a man of character and integrity and I have great respect for the way he leads our basketball program.”

Kalbas concluded his 12th season as head coach of Carolina’s women’s tennis team and his 23rd overall as a college head coach. Earlier this year, he won his 500th match as a head coach. A two-time national and five-time ACC Coach of the Year, Kalbas led the Tar Heels to their second ITA indoor national championship in 2015. Carolina finished the year 30-2 overall, including a 14-0 mark in ACC regular-season action. UNC is the only women’s tennis team to finish in the top four in the final national rankings in each of the last three seasons.

“Under Brian’s leadership our women’s tennis team is one of the top programs in the country,” says Cunningham. “Team and individual national championships, top national finishes on an annual basis, ACC success and a commitment to high academic achievement are the hallmarks of a premier program, and Brian has consistently reached those goals.”

Sophomore Jamie Loeb won the 2015 NCAA championship, UNC’s first NCAA women’s tennis individual title. In 2007, Kalbas coached Sara Anundsen and Jenna Long to the NCAA doubles crown.

The NCAA recently recognized the women’s tennis team for having its APR in the Top 10 percent nationally. It was the second consecutive year that women’s tennis received that distinction. 

Kalbas’s contract includes an annual salary of $120,000 for 2015-16, $125,000 for 2016-17 and $130,000 for 2017-18.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to continue as the head coach at North Carolina, a place I love and a place we’ve had great success at over the last 12 years,” says Kalbas. “This provides greater stability for our program and will allow our staff to continue recruiting high-achieving student-athletes that will excel in the classroom and on the tennis court.

“I want to thank the Carolina administration, specifically the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Folt, Bubba Cunningham, and our sports administrators Clint Gwaltney and Ellen Culler,” says Kalbas. “We would not have been able to achieve the success our program has enjoyed over the years without their support.”

Levy completed her 20th season as the Tar Heel women’s lacrosse coach, leading the Carolina program since its inception.  In the last seven seasons, she has guided UNC to five NCAA Tournament semifinals, three NCAA championship game appearances and the 2013 national title.  

Overall, Levy has led Carolina to eight NCAA semifinal appearances, and her 25 NCAA Tournament wins rank fifth in the history of the sport.  She is the fourth-winningest coach in NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse history.

“Jenny has led our lacrosse program to success on and off the field at a high level and on a consistent basis,” says Cunningham. “She has won a national championship and narrowly missed another one this season. The ACC is the best lacrosse conference in the country and every year her teams are among the best athletically and academically.”

In 2015, Carolina tied the school record for wins in a season with 18, won the ACC regular season championship and reached the national championship game.

Women’s lacrosse has scored 990 or higher in the APR in five of the last six seasons, including three years with a 1000, and exceeded the four-year national average for women’s lacrosse by five points.

Levy’s contract includes an annual salary of $130,000 for 2015-16, $140,000 for 2016-17 and $150,000 for 2017-18.

“I want to thank Chancellor Folt and Bubba Cunningham for their support, belief and commitment to our women’s lacrosse program,” says Levy. “It is an honor to represent the University of North Carolina and I am appreciative of the opportunities it has provided our coaches and student-athletes.  We are committed to excellence and continuing to promote and inspire leadership in young women.”


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