Dean Smith

Career Record:879-254 (.776)
  • 1961–1997
  • North Carolina
  • 879-254

Dean Smith led North Carolina to 11 Final Fours and two national championships in his 36 seasons there, compiling an 879-254 record. When he retired he had the most wins in Division I history. However, his most impressive statistic is that 96 percent of the lettermen who played under him graduated. North Carolina named its arena, The Dean Dome, after him and what may have been an even bigger honor for Smith, who is heavily involved in the community.

While at North Carolina, Smith helped promote desegregation by recruiting the University’s first African American scholarship basketball player, Charlie Scott, and pushing for equal treatment for African Americans by local businesses. Smith was the first recipient of the Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement, given by the North Carolina Committee on Teaching Awards for "a broader range of teaching beyond the classroom."

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)

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)


National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

(2006) – inaugural class


Basketball Hall of Fame

(1983)


FIBA Hall of Fame

(2007) – inaugural class

  • Smith is one of only three coaches to have coached teams to an Olympic gold medal, an NIT championship and an NCAA championship. The others are Pete Newell and Bob Knight.

  • At the time of his retirement, Smith was one of only three people, along with Bob Knight, and Joe B. Hall who had both played on and coached a winning NCAA championship basketball team.

  • 96.6% graduation rate among players

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