Legendary North Carolina head coach Roy Williams retiring

North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams announced his retirement Thursday after 48 years on the sideline, including 33 years as a head coach at UNC and Kansas.

Williams, who ranks third all-time among Division I men's basketball coaches with 903 career wins, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

The North Carolina native was a member of UNC's freshman team during the 1968-69 season. He received a master's degree in teaching from the university in 1973 and began his coaching career later that year at Charles D. Owen High School in the Tar Heel State.

He returned to UNC in 1978 and spent a decade as an assistant on the staff of the legendary Dean Smith before leaving in 1988 to take over at Kansas.

Williams guided the Jayhawks to a 418-101 record (.805 winning percentage) across 15 years with 14 appearances in the NCAA tournament and four trips to the Final Four.

Following the 2003 season, Williams became the head coach at his alma mater, North Carolina. He quickly got the Tar Heels back to the postseason and won a national championship in his second year as head coach, the 2004-05 season. Williams' Tar Heels would win it all once again in 2009, finish as the national runner-up in 2016 and then win a third national title in 2017.

In addition to his three national titles at North Carolina, Williams led the Tar Heels to two other final fours, nine ACC regular-season championships and three ACC tournament titles. 먹튀검증업체

Following the program's back-to-back national championship game appearances in 2016 and 2017, UNC lost in the NCAA men's tournament's second round in 2018 and then went to the Sweet 16 in 2019. The last two seasons, though, have not been up to the normal UNC standard. The Tar Heels went 14-19 last year before going 18-11 this season and losing to Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA men's tournament.

That proved to be Williams' final game as a college head coach, and now UNC will begin a national search for his replacement. That replacement will have big shoes to fill.