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Dean Smith
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Smith at a North Carolina game on February 10, 2007
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1931-02-28)February 28, 1931
Emporia, Kansas
Died February 7, 2015(2015-02-07) (aged 83)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Playing career
1949–1953 Kansas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1953-1955
1955–1958
1958–1961
1961–1997
1976
Kansas (asst.)
Air Force (asst.)
North Carolina (asst.)
North Carolina
US men's national team
Head coaching record
Overall 879-254 (.776)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Gold Medal Men's Basketball (1976 Summer Olympics)
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships: (1982, 1993)
Regional Championships - Final Four (1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997)
ACC Tournament Championships
(1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997)
ACC Regular Season Championships
(1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1995)
NIT Championship (1971)
Awards
National Coach of the Year
(1977, 1979, 1982, 1993)
ACC Coach of the Year
(1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1988, 1993)
North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (1981)
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (1996)
FIBA Hall of Fame (2007) – inaugural class
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1983
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Dean Edwards Smith (February 28, 1931 – February 7, 2015) was an American head coach of men's college basketball. He was born in Emporia, Kansas. Smith was called a "coaching legend" by the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Smith was best known for his 36-year coaching term at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Smith coached from 1961 to 1997 and retired with 879 victories, which was the NCAA Division I men's basketball record at that time.

Smith had the 9th highest winning percentage of any men's college basketball coach (77.6%). During his tenure as head coach, North Carolina won two national championships and appeared in 11 Final Fours.

Hill died in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at the age of 83.


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