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Legendary coach in North Carolina dies at 83

3 years 9 months 1 week ago Sunday, February 08 2015 Feb 8, 2015 February 08, 2015 9:51 AM February 08, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press, CNN
By: Caroline McDougall

CHAPEL HILL - Former North Carolina basketball coach, Dean Smith, passed away Saturday evening.

The Tar Heel's coach, Roy Williams remembered his predecessor for his successful and legendary past calling him "the perfect picture of what a college basketball coach should have been."

Williams says Smith "was the greatest there ever was on the court but far, far better off the court with people."

Dean Smith's career stretched over 40 years where he won two national championships at North Carolina, an Olympic gold medal in 1976 and induction into basketball's Hall of Fame. Smith was known as an coaching innovator and influenced the game and allstar players like Michael Jordan and James Worthy.

The university announced Smith died peacefully at his home in Chapel Hill surrounded by his wife and five children.


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