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Dean Smith (USA)
Born on February Saturday, 1931, in in Emporio (Kansas), U.S.A.
Nationality:
USA

Enshrined as a coach in the FIBA Hall of Fame on September Wednesday, 2007.

Clubs

  • Assistant coach at the University of Kansas (NCAA): 1953-1954
  • Assistant coach at the Air Force Academy (NCAA): 1957-1958
  • Assistant coach at the University of North Carolina: 1958-1961
  • Head coach of the University of North Carolina: 1961-1997
  • Head coach of the U.S.A. National Team in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games
  • As a player: University of Kansas (1949-1953)

Club Highlights

  • 2 times Champion of the NCAA: 1982 and 1993
  • Champion of the 1971 NCAA's National Invitation Tournament (NIT)
  • As a player: Champion of the 1952 NCAA

National Team

  • Olympic Gold medalist in Montreal 1976

Individual Highlights

  • With 879 wins (77.6% winning percentage), Dean Smith is the third winningest coach (after Bobby Knight & Mike Krzyzewski) in the history of the NCAA
  • Second coach (after John Wooden) in history with the highest number of appearances in the NCAA's Final Four (11 times)
  • 4 times National Coach of the Year: 1977, 1979, 1982 and 1993
  • Named 1997 Sportsman of the Year by 'Sports Illustrated'
  • Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement by the University of North Carolina in 1998
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of North Carolina in 2007
  • His impressive list of players during his 36-year career as head coach of North Carolina include names like Vince Carter, Billy Cunningham, Brad Daugherty, Antawn Jamison, Bob McAdoo, Sam Perkins, Rasheed Wallace, James Worthy… and Michael Jordan