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  Dean Smith

 
 
  • Was a member of the Jayhawk basketball team which won the NCAA championship in 1952
  • Coached two NCAA championship teams (1982 & 1993)
  • Won 879 games in his career making him at the time college basketball’s all-time win leader
  • Named National Coach of the Year in 1977, 1979, 1982 and in 1986
 
     
Smith, Dean
Inducted 1996

Born: February 28, 1931 – Emporia, Kansas

Graduated: Topeka (KS) HS, 1949; University of Kansas, 1953

Deceased: February 7, 2015 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Overview

When he retired at the end of the 1997 season after 37 years as the head basketball coach at the University of North Carolina, Dean Smith had won 879 games making him at the time college basketball’s all-time win leader.

Coaching Career

He coached two NCAA championship teams (1982 & 1993), an NIT title (1971) and the US Olympic gold medal team at the 1976 Olympics.  At Carolina Smith had a .776 winning percentage and took the Tar Heels to the NCAA tournament 23 straight seasons and to 11 Final Fours. He is the only coach to lead teams to the Final Four in four different decades.

Early Career

A native of Emporia, Smith attended the University of Kansas on an academic scholarship and was a member of the Jayhawk basketball team which won the NCAA championship in 1952 and finished second in 1953. Smith later served as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy and North Carolina before being named head basketball coach for the Tar Heels in 1961.

Honors

Smith was named National Coach of the Year in 1977, 1979, 1982 and in 1986, North Carolina dedicated their new arena the Dean E. Smith Center.  Smith is also a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and the KU Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1952 & 1953 Men’s basketball team.

Presented by Bill Guthridge & Roy Williams