Hatchell, UNC women want college kids of all ages
Posted January 11, 2012
Chapel Hill, N.C. — Wear your blue jeans and a sweatshirt and act like a college kid again.
That is what UNC women’s head coach Sylvia Hatchell advises on UNC women’s basketball game nights at the remodeled Carmichael Arena.
“Carmichael is great,” Hatchell said. “We have a tremendous women’s basketball arena there now. The crowds have been great.”
The charismatic Hatchell has her team off to a 12-3 start despite being riddled with injuries and even after an overtime loss to Maryland Sunday, she believes that the Tar Heels will be in position for their 15th ACC championship game appearance in the last 19 years.
“We have got a great senior group and we’ve got a strong core,” Hatchell said. “We’re looking forward to the rest of the season. I love this team. They’re great kids and they are working so, so hard. It’s really fun to coach them when they give you all they got.”
Even without going to Carmichael, fans in the region will get a good glimpse of the UNC women’s basketball program via the SUV-turned-billboard that Hatchell maneuvers the streets with. The Carolina blue and white truck dons a UNC basketball theme and website information – perfect for the peppy Hatchell.
“It’s interesting driving down the road, the gestures that I get,” Hatchell said. “A lot of people wave and toot their horns at me, but the best thing is I can park anywhere on campus and they just wave me through. Once in a while somebody will cut me off in traffic and I figure maybe they aren’t really a Carolina fan.”
UNC hosts Clemson Thursday night before a showdown at perennial power UConn. They have five more home contests following Clemson including games against both Duke and NC State in February.
Featuring a Carolina women’s basketball museum, reasonably priced tickets and high-quality basketball, Hatchell insists that you can in fact feel like a college kid again at UNC home games at Carmichael Arena.