UNC Tarheels Basketball Head Coach
Three national championships. Five Final Fours. Four national title games. Forty-three NCAA Tournament wins. Nine No. 1 or No. 2 seeds in the Big Dance. Eight ACC regular-season and three ACC Tournament championships. More than 28 wins and 12 ACC wins per season. Ten Associated Press top-10 finishes. Nineteen All-Americas, 16 first-team All-ACC selections and 18 first-round NBA Draft picks.Five ACC scholar-athlete of the year awards and six Academic All-America honors.
It’s safe to say Roy Williams’ first 15 seasons as head coach of the Tar Heels have demonstrated a Hall of Fame-level of success.
Williams is seventh all-time in wins by a Division I head coach with 842. He reached 800 wins in fewer seasons and the second-fewest games in NCAA history. Last year, he became the first to win 400 games at two schools – he has won 424 at Carolina, which followed a 15-year tenure at Kansas where he won 418 games. He is the second-winningest coach, behind Dean Smith and Phog Allen, the men whose names adorn the buildings in which two of the three-winningest programs in college basketball history play, at both Carolina and KU. He has the sixth-highest all-time winning percentage, accomplishing that while coaching in two of the toughest conferences in the country.
“Roy Williams is one of the greatest coaches of all-time and in a society that judges things by counting championships, he’s right there on the top shelf with the greatest of all-time,” ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said after the Tar Heels won the 2017 national title, UNC’s third in a 13-year span.
The Asheville, North Carolina native and 1972 UNC graduate is:
- one of six coaches to win three or more national championships with John Wooden, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Calhoun, Bob Knight and Adolph Rupp
- fourth in Final Fours (9) behind only Wooden, Krzyzewski and Smith
- second in NCAA Tournament wins (77), games (102) and No. 1 seeds (12)
- third in NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.755) among coaches with at least 50 games
- the first to win three national championships at his alma mater
- a 2007 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee
Over the last 17 years, spanning his last two seasons at KU and 15 in Chapel Hill, Williams’ teams have 52 NCAA Tournament victories, most in the nation. Carolina’s 43 NCAA Tournament wins in the Williams era (2003-18) are more than any other school has in that 15-year span (Kansas is second with 36).
Off the field, Williams directs his program with the goal of making a meaningful impact on the Carolina campus, local community and state of North Carolina. He and his wife, Wanda, have contributed more than $400,000 to the Carolina Covenant, an initiative that allows low-income students to attend the university debt free. They serve as honorary chairs of a multi-million-dollar campaign to endow the program. He hosts the annual Fast Break vs. Cancer breakfast that has surpassed $2.5 million in donations and directs the autographed basketball program that has contributed nearly $1.3 million to local charities.
Each year during the holidays, Williams directs an effort in which the Tar Heels shop for, purchase and deliver clothing and toys for needy children. And for 15 seasons, UNC hosts a clinic for North Carolina Special Olympians at the Smith Center.