UNC's Hatchell named to basketball hall of fame
Posted April 8, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill women’s head basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell has been selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
She is among 12 members of the Class of 2013 announced Monday by the hall of fame. The others include nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton, WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley and seven-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, whose Louisville Cardinals will play in Monday’s title game.
"I am blessed to be a member of the Women's Bball Hall of Fame. Thanks to my coaches, doctors, trainers, managers, & dedicated players. Go Heels!" Hatchell said via her twitter account Monday.
NC Senator Kay Hagan also used social media Monday to congratulate Hatchell, saying on her twitter account, "Congrats to @uncwbb Coach Sylvia Hatchell on being selected to Basketball Hall of Fame! She is a role model for so many women in our state."
Hatchell has a career record of 902-317 in 38 seasons, 27 of which have come at UNC. She is the only coach in history to win national championships at three different levels (AIAW, NAIA and NCAA) and has led the Tar Heels to three NCAA Final Fours, eight ACC championships and the 1994 NCAA Championship. In addition to her success at UNC, Hatchell won 272 games and two national championships in 11 seasons at Francis Marion.
Hatchell is a three-time National Coach of the Year (1994, 2006 and 2008) and three-time ACC Coach of the Year. She has led her teams to seven 30-win seasons and 29 20-win seasons. In international competition, she was an assistant coach for the 1988 U.S. Olympic team that won gold in South Korea and was a part of four World University Games coaching staffs.
“The Class of 2013 is one of the most distinguished groups that the Hall of Fame has ever inducted at one time,” Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board, said in a statement. “These individuals span decades of the game and have impacted the sport on every level.”
The finalists will be inducted during a Sept. 8 ceremony in Springfield, Mass.
Visit the hall of fame website for a full list of the winners.