Happy Birthday, Dean!
Legendary North Carolina men’s basketball coach Dean Smith’s 80th birthday is today. The founder of “The Carolina Way,” Smith set the standard for how the game should be played, and how his players should act on and off the court. Always a teacher, Coach Smith imparted knowlege to everyone in his life, even his peers in the ranks of coaching. Despite losing to the Tar Heels, Gary Williams took some time after the game to speak kindly of Smith and his penchant for helping young coaches.
2 national championships
11 Final Fours
13 ACC Tournament championships
17 ACC Regular-season championships
4-time National Coach of the Year and an inaugural member of the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame……..
Here’s to the Dean!