No April Fool’s Joke: Roy Williams to Retire from UNC Basketball

UNC head coach Roy Williams celebrates after his team's 89-72 victory over Michigan State in this file photo from the championship game at the men's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament in 2009. (Image via AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

By Sarah Ovaska

April 1, 2021

Roy Williams, the head coach of UNC’s basketball team is retiring, after nearly five decades of coaching. 

Big news here in North Carolina — Roy Williams, the revered men’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says he is retiring. Williams led UNC to three national championships (2005, 2009, 2017) and spent 33 years in head coaching roles.  

 Williams’s 903 wins in 33 seasons are the most in NCAA history. 

Trailing him by more than 100 games were the 803 wins by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, and the 802 from the legendary UNC coach Dean Smith. 

All in all, Williams had 48 years in coaching roles, including a decade as an assistant coach at UNC and five as head coach at Owen High School in Black Mountain, according to UNC’s basketball program. 

A 1972 graduate of UNC, Williams spent 18 seasons there as head coach, 

His face on a familiar one all over North Carolina, whether you hate or love the Tar Heels. 

Even their staunch rivals Duke tipped their hat to Williams.

WIlliams will be speaking at 4 p.m. Thursday at a press conference at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill.

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