Another season is on the horizon and North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams is ready to get things going following a recent health scare just a few weeks ago.
Williams, who had two tumors removed from each of his kidneys, is recovering well from the surgery and looking forward to another year of hoops at Chapel Hill.
Both tumors turned out to be benign, which is great news for Williams, as he prepares for a season in which many new faces will assume increased leadership roles. The talent that left UNC last season for the NBA is immense and will be tough to replace, but like many of college basketball’s top programs, reloading is simply the go-to option.
Williams spoke to a crowd of over 500 people in Wilmington on Monday, addressing his future in the process. Williams told the Greater Wilmington Business Journal that he intends to continue coaching for a number of years to come. “If I stay healthy, I’d like to coach for another six to 10 years. I don’t want to garden. I don’t want to go to work. [As UNC basketball coach] every day I get to do what I want to do.
Williams took over the North Carolina program prior to the start of the 2003-04 season, guiding the Tar Heels to a pair national championships in that span. He is among the active wins leader in the sport, entering the upcoming season with a total of 675 victories.
Including their two national titles, UNC has qualified for three Final Fours and six Elite 8′s in Williams’ nine seasons in charge.
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