Legendary Tar Heels Coach Dean Smith Dies At 83
Smith coached the Tar Heels from 1961 to 1997, spending 36 seasons in Carolina blue. He died peacefully Saturday evening.By Jamal Andress | February 8, 2015
Legendary former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith died peacefully Saturday evening surrounded by family. He was 83 years old.
The University of North Carolina released a statement Sunday morning announcing the iconic basketball coach's passing. The Smith family said in that statement, "We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy."
Smith coached the Tar Heels from 1961 to 1997, spending 36 seasons in Carolina blue. He retired as the winningest coach in NCAA history with 879 career wins. He still holds the record for the most consecutive 20-win seasons at 27 straight years.