Dean Smith

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Dean Edwards Smith (born on February 28, 1931) is a retired American head coach of men's college basketball. He is originally from Emporia, Kansas, Smith as been called a "coaching legend" by the Basketball Hall of Fame. Smith is best known for his successful 36-year coaching career at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Smith coached from 1961 to 1997 and retired as the NCAA Division I men's basketball record-holderfor victories (879), a record which was surpassed by Bobby Knightin 2007. Smith has the 9th highest winning percentage of any men's college basketball coach(77.6%). During his career as head coach of North Carolina, the team won two nationsl titles and appeared in 11 Final Fours. Smith is also known
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He was named the National Coach of the Year 4 times (1977,1968,1982,1993) and ACC Coach of the Year 8 times (1967,1968,1969,1971,1976,1977,1979,1988,1993). Smith was also inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on May 2, 1983, two years after being enshrined in the North Carolina Hall of Fame. Smith was the first recipient of the Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement, given by the University of North Carolina Committee on Teaching Awards for "a broader range of teaching beyond the classroom. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates by Eastern University and Catawba College. The basketball arena at North Carolina, the Dean Smith Center, was named for Smith. Its widely referred to as the '' Dean Dome". Upon his retirement he was named Sportsman of the Year by the magazine Sports Illustrated. ESPN named Smith one of the five all-time greatest American coaches of any sport. In 1998 he won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. In November 2006 Smith was recognized for his impact on college basketball as a memberof the founding class of hte National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. He was one of five, along with Oscar Robertson,Bill Russell, John Wooden and Dr. James Naismith. Also in 2007 he was enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame. Dean Smith's coaching style featured a fast break style, a fast break style, a half court offense that emphasized the passing game, and an aggressive trapping defense that produced turnovers and easy baskets. His team


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