North Carolina

UNC sets up site for Hatchell well-wishers

Posted October 15, 2013

— On Monday, Sylvia Hatchell, the Hall of Fame women's basketball coach at the University of North Carolina announced she had been diagnosed with leukemia and is temporarily stepping away from her on-the-court coaching responsibilities.

“I will remain very much involved with my team and day-to-day operations here at UNC and expect to return to my sideline responsibilities as soon as possible," she said.

In the meantime, UNC has set up a website where well-wishers can share their thoughts and words of encouragement for the longtime head coach (http://sharewithsylvia.web.unc.edu/).

Hatchell will undergo treatments from Dr. Pete Voorhees, a medical oncologist at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“There is a reason why the North Carolina Cancer Hospital ranks as one of the top cancer facilities in the nation,” she said in a statement.

Hatchell has an overall record of 908-321, making her one of only three head coaches in women’s basketball to win 900 games.

Associate head coach Andrew Calder will direct the team during Hatchell’s absence. Calder is in his 28th season with the Tar Heels and has been a part of six 30-win seasons and three Final Fours, including the national championship in 1994.

Voorhees, an associate professor at UNC, called Hatchell "physically and mentally tough," but said stepping away from the rigors of coaching "will serve her well on her journey."

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  • StunGunn Oct 16, 7:50 a.m.

    Best wished for a speedy recovery, Coach. You've beaten tough opponents before and you'll beat this one! Godspeed.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Oct 15, 2:42 p.m.

    Sorry to hear this sad news.

    Fight it, coach. You can beat this!

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