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Legendary Men’s Basketball Head Coach Roy Williams Announces Retirement

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48 seasons coaching. 33 seasons as a head coach. Three National Championships. 903 wins as a head coach.

Roy Williams is a legend, no doubt about it. The former Kansas and current North Carolina head coach announced his retirement on Thursday morning.

Williams sits 3rd all-time in wins at the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball level behind just Mike Krzyzewski (1,170) and Jim Boeheim (1,083).

When Williams won his 900th game on Feb. 27, he became the fastest coach to reach that number in D-I history.

During his 33 years as a head coach, Williams reached the NCAA Tournament 30 times. Nine times his teams reached the Final Four (four at Kansas, five at UNC). Finally, all three of his national titles came at North Carolina.

In his time at Kansas he coached nine regular season conference championship teams (five Big 8, four Big 12) and four conference tournament championship teams (one Big 8, three Big 12). Then at UNC, Williams’ teams won nine ACC regular season titles and three ACC tournament championships.

He’s been Coach of the Year several times. The Associated Press named Williams Coach of the Year twice, once at each school. Then, he won conference CoY awards seven times at Kansas (three Big 8, four Big 12) and twice at UNC.

Finally, he is already a member of both the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted in 2006) and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted in 2007).

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