Coaching legend for North Carolina Dean Smith dies at age 83

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Dean Smith, the legendary coach know for his successful tenure as the head coach of the North Carolina  men’s basketball team, died last night at his home. He was 83 years old and is survived by his wife and five children.

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 18 years since Smith retired from the game in 1997. He coached the team for 36 years, so it’s no wonder it feels like yesterday when he was walking the sidelines in Raleigh. During his time, he won two NCAA championships, one in 1982 with Michael Jordan and James Worthy, then again 11 years later in 1992 when his Tarheels defeated the Fab Five from the University of Michigan.

All in all, he led North Carolina to two NCAA men’s basketball titles, took his team to 11 Final Fours, won 13 ACC Conference Tournament championships. He also coached the 1976 U.S. Men’s National Team to a gold medal. He retired from North Carolina with 879 wins under his belt, which was at that time, the winningest coach in men’s college basketball ever.

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