Cetera DeGraffenreid Named Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Gardner-WebbGardner-Webb head coach Rick Reeves announced that Cetera DeGraffenreid has been hired as an assistant women's basketball coach. DeGraffenreid arrives in Boiling Springs after spending this past year working on her Masters Degree at Western Carolina. The native of Cullowhee, N.C. played collegiately at UNC under legendary head coach and women's basketball Hall of Fame inductee Sylvia Hatchell. (Gardner-Webb Athletics)
Ivory Latta Stepping Away From UNC BenchIn order to pursue new opportunities in her basketball playing career, UNC assistant coach Ivory Latta has decided to resign from her position with the Tar Heels. “I love Coach Hatchell and the University of North Carolina Women’s Basketball program,” said Latta, the former National Player of the Year and two-time consensus All-America at UNC from 2004-07. “Coaching here the past two seasons has been a dream come true for me." (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Post Outstanding Academic Progress RatesSeventeen UNC varsity athletic teams posted a four-year Academic Progress Rate of 980 or higher and four other teams were within four points of that score, according to figures released today by the NCAA. Overall, UNC’s 28 teams averaged 981, three points above the national average. The Tar Heels had six programs that scored a perfect 1000 and another five that scored 990 or higher. (GoHeels.com)
Stephanie Mavunga Selected For U.S. Pan Am Women's Basketball TeamNorth Carolina sophomore forward Stephanie Mavunga will play on the 2015 U.S. Pan American Women’s Basketball Team, USA Basketball announced Sunday. Mavunga previously competed on the USA Women’s U16 National Team in 2011, helping to bring home the gold medal. The 12-member team was chosen after three days of trials with 51 total college athletes vying for a spot. (GoHeels.com)
UNC PG Jessica Washington to TransferUNC women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell announced Friday that Jessica Washington and the University have mutually agreed to part ways. Washington played two seasons with the Tar Heels. “It has truly been an honor representing the University of North Carolina these last two years and I want to personally thank Coach Hatchell for giving me the chance to play for the Tar Heels,” Washington said. (GoHeels.com)
Charlotte Smith to be inducted into N.C. Sports Hall of FameCharlotte Smith knows she’ll be in good company when she’s inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame Friday night. Smith, a former women’s basketball standout at UNC and current coach at Elon, is the niece of NC State legend David Thompson and a former player and assistant coach for Tar Heels coach Sylvia Hatchell. Thompson and Hatchell are Hall of Famers. (Shelby Star)
Famous shot in '94 puts UNC's Charlotte Smith in Hall of FameWay before Paul Pierce supposedly called game the other evening when his shot got the Washington Wizards past the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Smith in 1994 knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer that gave her North Carolina squad a 60-59 win over Louisiana Tech in Richmond Coliseum and UNC's first national championships in women’s basketball. “I called all net,” Smith said Thursday. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Video: Sylvia Hatchell Remembers Bill Guthridge as "Giant Man"North Carolina women's basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell sits down with ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel to talk about the recently departed Bill Guthridge. Hatchell refers to Guthridge as a silent leader, but a giant man, and also states he was the "backbone" of the program. (The ACC)
UNC Headlines Naismith HOF Women's ChallengeNorth Carolina will compete in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge during the 2015-16 season. The Tar Heels will host three games on campus, before playing at Mohegan Sun Arena in the featured game against Gonzaga on Nov. 29 in Uncasville, Connecticut. Carolina will host six games over a three-day span on Nov. 20-22 at Carmichael Arena. (GoHeels.com)
Paris Kea Joins UNC Women's Basketball TeamParis Kea [Key], a former member of the USA Basketball U18 National Team who played one season at Vanderbilt University, has signed an athletic scholarship agreement at UNC to play women’s basketball for the Tar Heels. Per NCAA regulations, Kea will sit out the upcoming 2015-16 season and will have three more seasons of eligibility beginning with the 2016-17 campaign. (GoHeels.com)
Sylvia Hatchell's recovery from leukemia incudes blueberry patchLess than two days before her six-month bone marrow biopsy check-up at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, Sylvia Hatchell — the winningest active coach in women's college basketball — was in her blueberry patch in Fairview. In 2000, Hatchell purchased the property and subsequently planted blueberry bushes to benefit the Lineberger Cancer Center at UNC Hospitals. (Hickory Daily Record)
Video: UNC Coaches "Shake It Off"UNC Coaches made a music video to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off". The video originally aired at the 2015 Rammys on April 20, 2015.
Catch The 2015 Tar Heel TourPlease join emcee Jones Angell, men's basketball coach Roy Williams, football coach Larry Fedora and women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell along with other coaches and fellow Rams Club members for Tar Heel Tour 2015. With dates in Atlanta, Washington D.C., Richmond and across the state of North Carolina in April and May, the Tour is a great way to get closer to Tar Heel athletics. (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC Athletes Dance to "Uptown Funk"Watch Tar Heel athletes dance to "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. This video premiered at the 2015 Rammys on Monday night.
Tar Heels Celebrate At RammysThe North Carolina Department of Athletics celebrated the successes of the past year Monday evening at the third-annual Rammy Awards. A full slate of awards recognized outstanding academics, athletics and service. The evening also included student-athlete musical performances, videos and the introduction of UNC’s refreshed logo and other marks. (GoHeels.com)