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Dean Smith News & Bio


Name:Dean Smith
Hometown:Emporia, KS
High School:Emporia
Born:February 28, 1931
Died:February 7, 2015
Notes:Basketball Hall of Fame, 4x NCAA Coach of the Year, 1982 NCAA Championship coach, 879 wins
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Lucas: The Dean Smith Effect
It's been 22 years since Dean Smith coached a game for UNC. Only three players on the current basketball roster were born when the legendary...

Greatest former UNC athlete by state (Michigan): Tommy LaGarde
Tommy LaGarde was a blue-collar player for Dean Smith at North Carolina from 1973-77. He played alongside highly acclaimed players such as Phil Ford and...

The 25 Greatest Games in UNC Basketball History: No. 24 - The Dean Smith Effigy Game
Dean Smith wasn’t always beloved in Chapel Hill. In fact, there once was a time when a lot of folks didn’t care much for him...

Vasco Evtimov graduates from UNC, his 20-year promise to Dean Smith fulfilled
Vasco Evtimov will be the first to tell you: when he makes a promise, he sticks to it. Even if it takes 20 years to...

UNC Seniors Graduate From North Carolina
Multiple North Carolina players in both basketball and football graduated from UNC on Sunday during a commencement ceremony inside Kenan Stadium. In addition to the...

Vasco Evtimov Fulfills Promise to Dean Smith by Graduating 20 Years After Leaving UNC
Vasco Evtimov left the UNC basketball program in 1999 after receiving an offer to play professionally in Greece. Foregoing his final two seasons of eligibility,...

Chansky’s Notebook: Comings and Goings
The old fashion Dean Smith method of recruiting was still at Ol’ Roy’s core even after losing four starters and his top five scorers. He...

Cameron Johnson Named MVP at UNC Basketball Awards Ceremony
Cameron Johnson was named the winner of the Dean Smith Most Valuable Player Award Wednesday evening at the UNC men's basketball team's 2018-19 awards ceremony...

Derrick Phelps is 'backbone' of Washington State basketball program
The way new Washington State basketball coach Kyle Smith talks about his right-hand man at USF — associate head coach Derrick Phelps — you have...

Chansky’s Notebook: They Liked What Mike Liked
When Dean Smith showed Alexander Julian's redesigned basketball uniform prototypes to his staff and players, he prefaced it by saying that Michael Jordan had seen...


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