Roy Williams is retiring as a basketball coach from the University of North Carolina.
The university announced his decision this morning. The Tar Heels coach, who was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2007, has been a college basketball head coach for 33 seasons and has amassed 903 career wins. He is a giant in the profession of a college basketball coach.
He will address fans and the media today at 4 p.m.
Williams, 70, graduated from UNC in 1972 and just finished his 18th season as the head coach of the Tar Heels. His UNC teams won national championships in 2005, 2009 and 2017, played in two other Final Fours, won nine ACC regular season championships and three ACC Tournament titles.
He led the Tar Heels to a 485-163 record. He ranks UNC as the sixth highest winning percentage (.774) in NCAA history.
Williams served as Dean Smith’s assistant at UNC before embarking on his own head coaching career at the University of Kansas, where he kept that program at high levels, leaving the Jayhawks with a 418-101 record, a percentage of .805 wins. He is the only college basketball coach to have won more than 400 games at two different colleges.
Williams was known for his easygoing personality and his ability to win games in two of the nation’s blue-blooded college basketball programs.