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Roy Williams to retire at North Carolina

The Kansas and Carolina legend will hang it up after an incredible career in college basketball.

North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams pats North Carolina Tar Heels guard Leaky Black during the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 19, 2021, at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. IndyStar-USA TODAY Sports

Update: Some of the names being floated early on to replace Williams include current UNC assistant coaches Hubert Davis and Steve Robinson, UNC-Greensboro coach and Tar Heel alum Wes Miller, and Stanford head coach and former Williams protege Jerod Haase.

The Athletic also put their list together here, including South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley, who is currently competing in the Women’s Final Four.


North Carolina Tar Heels coach Roy Williams will retire according to an official release from the university. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.

Williams retires with a career record of 903–264, and in 18 season at his alma mater was 485-163 and NCAA Championships in 2005, 2009 and 2017. He was also the head man for 15 seasons at Kansas, following in the footsteps of his mentor and former coach Dean Smith with the Jayhawks.

The 2007 Basketball Hall of Fame entrant reached 900 wins in just 1,161 career games, and has the sixth-highest win percentage in college basketball history at .774. His nine Final Fours in 33 seasons include a 79-27 record in the NCAA Tournament, and an almost-impossible 29-1 record in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

That perfect streak in the postseason lid-lifter was snapped this year with an 85-62 loss to Wisconsin on March 19th in an 8-9 seed game in Indianapolis.