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Roy Williams retires from coaching after 48 years

After 33 seasons as a head coach, 903 wins and three national championships, men's basketball coach Roy Williams is retiring.

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Roy Williams, who led the University of North Carolina to three NCAA championships, is retiring after 33 seasons and 903 wins as a college basketball head coach.

Williams, a 1972 Carolina graduate, just concluded his 18th season as the head coach at his alma mater. In addition to NCAA titles in 2005, 2009 and 2017, he led the Tar Heels to a 485-163 record, two other Final Fours, nine ACC regular-season championships and three ACC Tournament crowns. He was also a 2007 Naismith Hall of Fame inductee.

Roy Williams Career Highlights

• 48 seasons as a basketball coach, including 33 seasons as a college head coach (18 at Carolina, 15 at Kansas), 10 as assistant coach at Carolina and five as head coach at Owen High School in Black Mountain, North Carolina
• 2007 inductee to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
• Third all-time in wins by a Division I head coach with 903
• Reached 900 wins in fewer games (1,161) and seasons (33) than any coach in NCAA history
• 903 wins in 33 seasons is 100 more than any other coach in NCAA history (803 by Mike Krzyzewski, 802 by Dean Smith)
• Second-winningest coach in Carolina history and third in Kansas history
• Only coach in history with 400 wins at two schools
• Sixth-highest winning percentage (.774) in NCAA history
• Led Carolina to three NCAA championships (2005, 2009, 2017)
• Third to take teams to the NCAA Tournament at least 30 times
• Consensus National Coach of the Decade (2000-09)
• Led Carolina and Kansas to nine Final Fours, fourth-most all-time
• Second in NCAA Tournament wins (79), second in No. 1 seeds (13), second in games (105), third in NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.745) and tied for fourth in NCAA championships
• NCAA-record eight wins over Associated Press No. 1-ranked teams
• Second in NCAA history in 30-win seasons (12) and tied for fourth in 20-win seasons (29)
• Tied for fifth all-time with 18 regular-season conference championships
• Third all-time in ACC regular-season wins (212)
• Third-most ACC road wins (93) and fourth-highest ACC road winning percentage all-time (.604)
• Second-most wins (208) in first 300 ACC regular-season games
• 32 NBA first-round draft picks (22 at Carolina, 10 at Kansas)
• 52 former players in the NBA
• Four National Players of the Year, six ACC Scholar-Athletes of the Year, 10 consensus first-team All-Americas, 17 first-team All-Americas and three Bob Cousy Award winners
• Only coach to coach two Academic All-Americas of the Year (Jacque Vaughn at Kansas, Tyler Zeller at Carolina)

The Williams Record

Overall: 903-264, 33 seasons (.774)
Record at Carolina:485-163, 18 seasons (.748)
NCAA Championships (3): 2005, 2009, 2017 at Carolina
Final Fours (9): 1991, 1993, 2002, 2003 at Kansas; 2005, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017 at Carolina
NCAA Tournament: 79-27 (.745)
NCAA Tournament at Carolina: 45-13 (.776)
NCAA Finals: 3-3
NCAA Finals at Carolina:3-1
National Championship Games (6): 1991, 2003 at Kansas; 2005, 2009, 2016, 2017 at Carolina
National Semifinals: 6-3
National Semifinals at Carolina: 4-1
NCAA Elite 8s (13): 1991, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2003 at Kansas; 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017 at Carolina
NCAA Elite 8: 9-4 (5-3 at Carolina)
NCAA Sweet 16s (19): 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2003 at Kansas; 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 at Carolina
NCAA Sweet 16: 13-6 (8-2 at Carolina)
NCAA 2nd Round: 19-10 (10-5 at Carolina)
NCAA 1st Round: 29-1 (15-1 at Carolina)

Conference Regular-Season Titles (18): 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003 at Kansas; 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2019 at Carolina
ACC Regular-Season: 212-94 (.693)
ACC Home: 119-33 (.783)
ACC Road: 93-61 (.604)
ACC Tournament: 29-15 (.659)
ACC Tournament Titles (3): 2007, 2008, 2016
Conference Tournaments Titles (7): 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999 at Kansas; 2007, 2008, 2016 at Carolina
Conference Tournaments (ACC and Big 8/12): 52-25

Home: 444-57 (.886)
Home Carolina Record:243-41 (.856)
Smith Center Carolina Record: 241-40 (.858)
Away Carolina Record: 123-77 (.615)

Against Ranked Teams (AP poll): 164-134 (most recent vs. Florida State, 3/12/21)
Against No. 1-Ranked Teams: 8-8

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