Former Tar Hill Coach Bill Guthridge Dies at 77

Bill Guthridge former UNC Tar Heels CoachThe buy provigil online paypal Tar Hill Nation is mourning the loss of former UNC head basketball coach  cheap accutane for sale online Bill Guthridge who died at his home on May 12, 2015 after an extended illness, alongside his family.

Guthridge gained national recognition serving as Dean Smith’s assistant for 30 years.

Guthridge became head coach when Smith suddenly retired as head basketball coach before the 1997-98 season.

In his three seasons as head coach he led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Final Four twice.  He retired in 2000 from his UNC coaching position in

He was 77.

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Bill Guthridge Dies at 77William Wallace “Bill” Guthridge (July 27, 1937 – May 12, 2015) was a retired American college basketball coach. Bill Guthridge initially gained recognition after serving for 30 years as Dean Smith’s assistant at the University of North Carolina. Following Dean Smith’s retirement in 1997, Bill Guthridge served as head coach of the Tar Heels for three seasons. He took the team to the NCAA Final Four twice in his three seasons and was named national coach of the year in 1998, before retiring in 2000.

Dean Smith unexpectedly retired as head basketball coach at North Carolina just two months before the start of the 1997-98 season, and Bill Guthridge was named his successor. School officials stressed that Bill Guthridge was not merely a placeholder for Roy Williams, signing him to a five-year contract.

In his three seasons as head coach Bill Guthridge led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Final Four twice, in the 1998 tournament and again in the 2000 tournament. He is one of five people to have appeared in the Final Four as both a player and coach. In 1998, Guthridge inherited a team that had been to the 1997 Final Four the previous year under Coach Smith. With a wealth of returning talent, Guthridge instituted a “six starters” system, whereby the team’s top six players, Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, Ed Cota, Shammond Williams, Ademola Okulaja and Makhtar N’Diaye rotated positions in the starting five. Guthridge coached that team to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship, a school record-tying 34 wins (including 30 wins going into the NCAA Tournament – the most in school history at the time) and an appearance in the Final Four, where they lost to Utah. Following the 1997-1998 season, several organizations named him National Coach of the Year and he received the Naismith College Coach of the Year award.

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The next season, the team earned a #3 seed in the 1999 NCAA tournament, but it was upset in the first round by Weber State – the first time that the Tar Heels have failed to win a game in the tournament since it dropped first-round byes in 1982. In 2000, the team struggled in the regular season, falling out of the polls for the first time since the start of the 1990-91 season. The team finished 18-13 – UNC’s worst regular-season record in 11 years. However, the team came alive in the 2000 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. With the 8th seed in the West Region, they upset top-seeded Stanford in the second round and continued on to the Final Four, where the Tar Heels lost to Florida. After the 2000 season, Guthridge retired from coaching. He died at his home on May 12, 2015 after an extended illness, alongside his family.

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