When Carolina called on Sylvia Hatchell to become the Tar Heels’ head coach, the first person she called was Andrew Calder. The two had formed a friendship after encountering each other at basketball tournaments around the South and while chatting in the bleachers at one of them, they had discussed the fact that they both dreamed of coaching in Chapel Hill. In the summer of 1986, they reached that goal and set their sights on new ones.
Now in his 28th year in Chapel Hill, Calder has been an integral part of an NCAA championship and eight ACC titles. He is involved in every part of the Tar Heel program.
It would be hard to fashion a more varied coaching background than Calder’s. He has coached basketball, baseball, golf and football. He has coached both genders and all ages. He has coached on the high school, collegiate and AAU levels. And he has coached at UNC legend Dean Smith’s summer basketball camp, which is when he first fell in love with Carolina. “It was always a dream to coach at North Carolina,” Calder says. “It’s such an outstanding university both academically and athletically and it’s comprised of great people.”
Calder grew up in McBee, S.C., where his father, A.J., coached boys and girls basketball, football and baseball at McBee High. Calder followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming the girls’ basketball coach at McBee in 1979 after earning an associate’s degree from Wingate College and a bachelor’s in health and physical education at Coker College. In 1981, Calder led McBee to a state championship.
Four years later, he came close to another title and earned AAU national coach of the year honors after directing a boys’ 19-under team to a national runner-up finish.
Before moving to Chapel Hill, Calder spent the 1985-86 season as a volunteer assistant for the men’s team at the University of South Carolina. Outside of the gym, Calder’s sporting passion is golf. A sometime scratch golfer and currently a three handicap, he lists Pebble Beach and Augusta National as his favorite courses.
In the summer of 2008, Calder was promoted from Assistant Head Coach to Associate Head Coach.
“I take great pleasure in offering Andrew this promotion,” head coach Sylvia Hatchell said at the time. “There is no doubt in my mind that he is the best assistant coach in the country. His knowledge of basketball and his commitment to me and to Carolina basketball is second to none. He has been by my side on the bench for 22 seasons and our program would not have had the success it has had without him. Andrew is vital to Carolina women’s basketball and I look forward to many more years and many more championships coaching with him.”
|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Coker College, 1978|