Roy Williams retired Thursday after 33 years as a head coach.
Williams, 70, spent 15 seasons at Kansas earlier than an 18-year stint with North Carolina. He completed with 903 wins, 9 Closing 4 appearances and three nationwide championships. He is one of the crucial embellished coaches of all time. This isn’t an April Fools’ Day joke.
After 33 years as a Corridor of Fame head coach, our beloved Tar Heel Roy Williams is asserting his retirement.
Thanks for all you may have achieved and meant to everybody who performs and loves our sport.
— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) April 1, 2021
Williams’ successor will face big expectations at North Carolina. That mentioned, that is arguably the most effective job in faculty basketball and may appeal to an array of names from the school and NBA ranks.
Who’re these potential replacements at North Carolina? Sporting Information takes a more in-depth look.
North Carolina head teaching candidates
Hubert Davis, UNC assistant coach
North Carolina’s previous three coaches — Williams, Matt Doherty and Invoice Guthridge — both performed or served as an assistant coach for Dean Smith. Davis checks each packing containers. He performed for Smith, and he is served as an assistant for Williams since 2012. Davis additionally performed within the NBA from 1992 to 2004, and he makes for the best transition if a few of the flashy candidates aren’t within the job. If the Tar Heels have been going to do that, nonetheless, then why not simply make the announcement now?
Wes Miller, UNC-Greensboro coach
Miller is one other fascinating potential successor, and with good cause. He performed for Williams at North Carolina from 2004 to 2007, and the Greensboro native has spent his complete teaching profession within the state with Elon, Excessive Level and UNC-Greensboro. The Spartans have loved 5 straight seasons with 20-plus wins, and that features two NCAA event appearances. Miller, 38, is certain to land a significant convention teaching job quickly sufficient. This might transform the proper match.
Billy Donovan, Chicago Bulls coach
Brad Stevens is all the time the primary title that comes up from the NBA ranks — assume, Indiana just a few weeks in the past — however inevitably he all the time stays with the Boston Celtics. The following title is Donovan, who spent 5 seasons with the Oklahoma Metropolis earlier than taking the job in Chicago. Donovan had extra success on the faculty stage with two nationwide championships at Florida, and at 55 yr outdated he isn’t a lot older than Williams was when he took the North Carolina job in 2003. Donovan may thrive at North Carolina.
John Beilein, Massive Ten Community analyst
Would North Carolina take into account the 68-year-old coach? Beilein’s stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t work out, however he has a confirmed observe file of success with Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia and Michigan. The Wolverines went to the Closing 4 in 2013 and 2018. Beilein can coach in any convention and achieve success. SN’s Mike DeCourcy wrote, “There may be little doubt he has turned down different alternatives ready for the proper one to re-enter teaching. This could be one he couldn’t decline” when the Texas job opened up. Might this be that job?
Porter Moser, Loyola coach
Moser’s inventory won’t ever be larger, and this is able to be the time for North Carolina to strike. He is led Loyola to a Closing 4 look and a Candy 16, and the Ramblers have 4 seasons with 20 or extra victories. Moser is an Illinois native, nonetheless, and his total teaching file is 239-241. That might stick out for a fan base that expects to contend for nationwide championships yearly.
Jerry Stackhouse, Vanderbilt coach
Stackhouse is one other recognizable alum who accomplished his second season as Vanderbilt’s head coach. The previous two seasons have produced a 20-37 file and a 6-28 file in SEC play. There isn’t any doubt that Stackhouse would have the ability to use his NBA expertise — he was an assistant coach at Toronto and Memphis — to maintain the recruiting pipeline open, however that file would possibly make some Tar Heels nervous a few potential rent.
Kenny Smith, TNT analyst
Smith performed at North Carolina from 1983 to 1987 and was a two-time NBA champion with the Houston Rockets. He’s most acknowledged now for his work on “Contained in the NBA,” and there’s no doubt that’s he’s nonetheless invested within the North Carolina program. Smith is aware of the sport, however he has no teaching expertise.
LeVelle Moton, North Carolina Central coach
Moton, 46, is among the greatest in-state candidates on the checklist. He performed highschool and faculty ball in North Carolina, and he is loved a gentle run of success with North Carolina Central within the MEAC. The Eagles have made 4 event appearances since 2014, they usually have a 110-41 file within the MEAC since 2012. It’s a huge step up, however Moton deserves consideration based mostly on that observe file.
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State coach
Holtmann is one other candidate who will come up for openings, and it is based mostly on his rapid affect at Ohio State. The Buckeyes have gained 20-plus video games every of the previous 4 seasons, and Holtmann does have in-state expertise together with his stint at Gardner-Webb. Holtmann is among the higher major-conference candidates value having a look at.
Jerod Haase, Stanford coach
Hasse will not be a flashy candidate, however he was an assistant for Williams at North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. He took UAB to the NCAA Event in 2015, however he has not pushed Stanford to the Massive Dance previously 5 seasons. Haase is a member of that North Carolina teaching fraternity, however he may not have sufficient success to land the job.