North Carolina

Dean Smith by the numbers

Posted February 8, 2015

— Before Dean Smith ever coached a game at the University of North Carolina, he was a player on the 1952 Kansas Jayhawks team.

That team won a national championship and today Smith remains one of only two men to win titles as a coach and as a player, but Smith's head coaching career did not begin with that kind of fanfare. His first team at North Carolina won a mere eight games.

Little did anyone know then that Smith would go on to coach that same school to 871 more wins.

When he retired Smith was the winningest head coach in Division 1 history with 879 career wins. That number still ranks him fourth all-time.

In his 36 years as the Carolina coach Smith took the Tar Heels to 27 NCAA tournaments, including 23 straight. And his 11 final fours rank him second behind only John Wooden.

Smith is only one of three men to coach teams to an NCAA tournament title, an NIT title and an Olympic gold medal, only Bob Knight and Pete Newell can match that feat.

He won the ACC tournament 13 times, on top of 17 regular season conference titles. And for 31 consecutive seasons Dean Smith's teams finished in the top three of the ACC.

He coached 26 All-Americans, 25 NBA first-rounders, six national players of the year and Smith was named National Coach of the Year four times.

Dean Smith won two NCAA titles at UNC, beating Georgetown in 1982 and Michigan in 1993. But it's the consistency of Smith's program that stands out, he posted 30 consecutive 20 win seasons, winning 77.6 percent of his games and graduating 96.6 percent of his players along the way.



1 Comment

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Newest First
View all
  • Dreamchaser Feb 8, 2015

    RIP Dean. You deserve it.

  • NASCAR: GEICO 500 at Talladega

    Today at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • NHL Playoffs: St. Louis at Dallas

    Today at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASL: RailHawks at NY Cosmos

    Tonight at 6:00 on WRAL-2

  • NHL Playoffs: Teams TBD

    Saturday at 12:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Kentucky Derby

    Saturday at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NHL Playoffs: Teams TBD

    Saturday at 7:15 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASCAR at Talladega

    Today at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NASL: RailHawks at NY Cosmos

    Tonight at 6:00 on 1550 The Ticket

  • MLB: San Francisco at NY Mets

    Tonight at 8:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • MiLB: Bulls at Louisville

    Tomorrow at 7:05 pm on Buzz Sports Radio

NBA Scoreboard
Charlotte 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST21:00 UAE19:0013:00 ET12:00 CT16:00
Preview
Miami 
 
Portland 12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET19:30 GMT3:30 12:30 MST2:30 EST23:30 UAE21:3015:30 ET2:30 CT18:30
Preview
Golden State 
 
Indiana 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 CT23:00
Preview
Toronto 
 
NHL Scoreboard
St. Louis 12:00 PT1:00 MT2:00 CT3:00 ET19:00 GMT3:00 北京时间12:00 MST2:00 EST23:00 UAE15:00 ET4:00 BRT
Preview
Dallas 
 
Nashville 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET9:00 BRT
Preview
San Jose 
 
MLB Scoreboard
Interleague
Cleveland 11:35 PT12:35 MT1:35 CT2:35 ET14:35 ET18:35 GMT2:35 11:35 MST1:35 EST2:05 VEN22:35 UAE1:35 CT
Preview
Philadelphia 
American League
Toronto010:10 PT11:10 MT12:10 CT1:10 ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 MST12:10 EST12:40 VEN21:10 UAE12:10 CT
Preview
Tampa Bay0
 
Chi White Sox010:35 PT11:35 MT12:35 CT1:35 ET13:35 ET17:35 GMT1:35 10:35 MST12:35 EST1:05 VEN21:35 UAE12:35 CT
Preview
Baltimore0
 
Detroit011:10 PT12:10 MT1:10 CT2:10 ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 MST1:10 EST1:40 VEN22:10 UAE1:10 CT
Preview
Minnesota0
 
LA Angels 12:05 PT1:05 MT2:05 CT3:05 ET15:05 ET19:05 GMT3:05 12:05 MST2:05 EST2:35 VEN23:05 UAE2:05 CT
Preview
Texas 
 
Houston 1:05 PT2:05 MT3:05 CT4:05 ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST3:35 VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 CT
Preview
Oakland 
 
Kansas City 1:10 PT2:10 MT3:10 CT4:10 ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 MST3:10 EST3:40 VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 CT
Preview
Seattle 
 
NY Yankees 5:05 PT6:05 MT7:05 CT8:05 ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 MST7:05 EST7:35 VEN4:05 UAE (+1)7:05 CT
Preview
Boston 
National League
San Francisco010:10 PT11:10 MT12:10 CT1:10 ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 MST12:10 EST12:40 VEN21:10 UAE12:10 CT
Preview
NY Mets0
 
Cincinnati 10:35 PT11:35 MT12:35 CT1:35 ET13:35 ET17:35 GMT1:35 10:35 MST12:35 EST1:05 VEN21:35 UAE12:35 CT
Preview
Pittsburgh 
 
Miami 11:10 PT12:10 MT1:10 CT2:10 ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 MST1:10 EST1:40 VEN22:10 UAE1:10 CT
Preview
Milwaukee 
 
Washington011:15 PT12:15 MT1:15 CT2:15 ET14:15 ET18:15 GMT2:15 11:15 MST1:15 EST1:45 VEN22:15 UAE1:15 CT
Preview
St. Louis0
 
Atlanta 11:20 PT12:20 MT1:20 CT2:20 ET14:20 ET18:20 GMT2:20 11:20 MST1:20 EST1:50 VEN22:20 UAE1:20 CT
Preview
Chi Cubs 
 
San Diego 1:10 PT2:10 MT3:10 CT4:10 ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 MST3:10 EST3:40 VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 CT
Preview
LA Dodgers 
 
Colorado 1:10 PT2:10 MT3:10 CT4:10 ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 MST3:10 EST3:40 VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 CT
Preview
Arizona 
 
ATP Scoreboard
Sunday, May 1
Istanbul Open (ATP)
Final
(2) G. Dimitrov77 2    
D. Schwartzma65 0    
 
(ATP)
Final
(3) D. Thiem67 6 64   
(4) P. Kohlschrei79 4 77   
 
Estoril Open (ATP)
Final
(8) P. Carreno Bu3     
N. Almagro4     
 
(ATP/WTA)
First Round
J. Monaco5 0    
F. Verdasco7 0    
A. Dolgopolov 
S. Johnson 
 
WTA Scoreboard
Sunday, May 1
(ATP/WTA)
First Round
(13) K. Pliskova6 6    
L. Dominguez 2 1    
(7) R. Vinci4 2    
D. Kovinic6 6    
L. Tsurenko2 1    
A. Pavlyuchen6 6    
D. Gavrilova7 6    
H. Watson5 4    
(8) C. Suarez Nav3 6 6   
T. Babos6 2 3   
A. Riske6 3 4   
M. Keys1 6 6   
E. Vesnina7 6    
J. Ostapenko5 0    
(2) A. Kerber4 2    
B. Strycova6 6    
D. Kasatkina3 6 2   
P. Tig6 4 6   
(3) G. Muguruza6 7    
A. Schmiedlov2 5    
(5) P. Kvitova6 6    
L. Arruabarre3 2    
L. Chirico7 6    
M. Niculescu5 1    
S. Lisicki6 6    
M. Puig1 3    
J. Jankovic4 3    
S. Cirstea6 6    
(11) L. Safarova77 6    
C. Vandeweghe64 1    
C. Garcia4     
J. Konta2     
(4) V. Azarenka3     
L. Robson1     
(14) A. Ivanovic6 1    
K. Siniakova3 2    
K. Knapp 
M. Gasparyan 
K. Mladenovic 
M. Lucic-Baro 
(10) T. Bacsinszky 
A. Petkovic 
(9) S. Kuznetsova 
L. Siegemund 
S. Sorribes T 
S. Stosur 
(6) S. Halep 
M. Doi 
I. Begu 
E. Bouchard 
(1) A. Radwanska 
D. Cibulkova