Entire Basketball Community Pays Tribute To Roy Williams As Legendary UNC Coach Announces Retirement

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The basketball community has begun paying tribute to Roy Williams and his legendary career, as the iconic University of North Carolina men’s basketball coach has announced he will be retiring after 33 seasons. During his three-plus decades as UNC’s head coach, Williams led the Tar Heels to three national titles (2005, 2009, and 2017).

As soon as Williams’ retirement was announced, the entire basketball community — from fans to analysts, from former players to longtime rivals — took to social media to pay tribute to the longtime UNC Tar Heels coach. Even Duke had something nice to say.

The 70-year-old Williams, who spent nearly 50 years as a college basketball coach, will be speaking to the media at the Dean E. Smith Center today at 4 p.m.

The second-winningest coach in UNC history, Williams’ 903 wins in 33 seasons is 100 more than any other coach in NCAA history, with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski sitting at 803, and fellow legendary UNC head coach Dean Smith at 802.

Already inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2007, Williams retires third all-time in wins by a Division 1 head coach at 903, the second-winningest coach in UNC history and the third-winningest coach in University of Kansas history, the sixth-highest winning percentage (.774) in NCAA history, and the as the only coach in history with at least 400 wins at two different schools.

Fittingly, Williams’ final regular-season game is a 91-73 win over his longtime rivals, the Duke University Blue Devils. Williams final NCAA Tournament game wasn’t as pleasant of a send-off, though, as the Tar Heels lost to the University of Wisconsin Badgers by 23 points in the first round. We doubt that’s the game that will stick with him, though.

Congrats on a daggum legendary career, Roy!