North Carolina coaching great Dean Smith dies at 83

Feb 8, 2015 12:02 PM by News Staff

Dean Smith, the North Carolina basketball coaching great who won two national championships, has died. He was 83.

The school said in a statement Sunday from Smith's family that the former coach died at his home Saturday night. He was with his wife and five children.

Smith had health issues in recent years, with the family saying in 2010 he had a condition that was causing him to lose memory.

Smith coached the Tar Heels from 1961-97. He retired as the winningest coach in the sport with 879 victories. He won NCAA titles in 1982 and 1993, and coached such players as Michael Jordan and James Worthy.

He reached 11 Final Fours, won 13 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles and coached the U.S. Olympic team to the gold medal in 1976.

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