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Hatchell to the Hall

CHAPEL HILL– Sylvia Hatchell, Carolina’s women’s basketball coach, will shortly be a Hall of Famer. On Sunday, Hatchell will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Hatchell is the first Tar Heel woman to earn her place in the Hall. And she’s in good company, joining nine other Tar Heels in the Naismith Hall of Fame – including coaches Frank McGuire, Dean Smith and Larry Brown, player/coach Billy Cunningham and star players James Worthy, Robert McAdoo and Michael Jordan.

Hatchell says that when she got the call from the Hall of Fame, she thought it was just a dream she was having.

The enshrinement ceremony, which will be televised live by NBA TV, will start at 2 p.m., from the Springfield Symphony Hall.

 

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Coach Sylvia Hatchell Reflects On Naismith Hall Of Fame

CHAPEL HILL – It’s been a big week for UNC women’s basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell following Monday’s announcement that she will be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame.“When I got the call I was like “When am I going to wake up? Is this for real?’” she said.

Hatchell is the first woman with UNC ties to earn an induction.

“This is probably the next best thing to heaven.”

She’s now a part of an elite club of nine other Tar Heels in the Naismith Hall of Fame – including coaches Frank McGuire, Dean Smith and Larry Brown, player/coach Billy Cunningham and players James Worthy, Robert McAdoo and Michael Jordan.

“There are all these names in there that I have idolized as players and coaches through out my career.”

Hatchell will attend the Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts, on September 8. She joins coaches Rick Pitino, Guy Lewis, and Jerry Tarkanian and players Bernard King, Gary Payton and Dawn Staley as members of the 2013 class introduced Monday as a part of the Men’s Final Four festivities in Atlanta.

She says there’s been an outpouring of love from the Carolina community and even a couple of surprise congratulations.

“One of the nicest notes I received was actually from Mike Krzyzewski. It was just an unbelievable response.”

In 2013, Hatchell became just the third women’s coach in history to reach 900 career wins, and she currently stands No. 2 all-time behind Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.

Hatchell has won 636 games as the head coach at UNC in her 27 seasons as head coach. In 1994, she led the Heels to the national championship on Charlotte Smith’s buzzer-beating three-pointer against Louisiana Tech. Carolina has also won eight ACC Tournament titles under Hatchell.

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Hatchell Makes History: Selected For Naismith Hall Of Fame

CHAPEL HILL – UNC women’s basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell will be a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The announcement of the 2013 class was made Monday.

Hatchell is the first woman with UNC ties to earn an induction.

She’s now a part of an elite club of nine other Tar Heels in the Naismith Hall of Fame – including coaches Frank McGuire, Dean Smith and Larry Brown, player/coach Billy Cunningham and players James Worthy, Robert McAdoo and Michael Jordan.

Hatchell will attend the Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts, on September 8. She joins coaches Rick Pitino, Guy Lewis, and Jerry Tarkanian and players Bernard King, Gary Payton and Dawn Staley as members of the 2013 class introduced Monday as a part of the Men’s Final Four festivities in Atlanta.

A three-time national coach of the year, Hatchell led the Heels this year to a 29-8 finish, losing in the Sweet 16 to Delaware.

In 2013, Hatchell became just the third women’s coach in history to reach 900 career wins, and she currently stands No. 2 all-time behind Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.

Hatchell has won 636 games as the head coach at UNC in her 27 seasons as head coach. In 1994, she led the Heels to the national championship on Charlotte Smith’s buzzer-beating three-pointer against Louisiana Tech. Carolina has also won eight ACC Tournament titles under Hatchell.
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