Remembering College Basketball Legend Dean Smith
By: Legacy Staff
3 years ago
Legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith (1931 - 2015) led the University of North Carolina to two NCAA championships. We remember Coach Smith with highlights from his career and tributes and memories from the many great players he influenced while at UNC.
"Coach Smith was my Coach, mentor and friend. He was one of the greatest men I've had the pleasure to have known..."
—Quinton Qualls, Nolensville, TN
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Once, during a coaches meeting, Dean Smith made Lefty Driesell so angry the old Maryland coach wrote Smith a letter telling him he'd never shake his hand again.
True to his word, the next time Maryland and North Carolina played, Driesell turned away the man he liked to call "a hook-nosed, little sucker."
Yet years later, when Driesell's son, Chuck, came to him for advice about coaching, Driesell had just one tip.
"I told him, 'Don't model yourself after me; model yourself after Dean,'" Driesell recalled Sunday while driving home from Duke's game against Notre Dame. "Dean always said the right thing, did the right thing. He was a true gentleman."
David Chadwick played basketball for Dean Smith at North Carolina from 1967 to 1971. That was a long time ago, and he was not a star player. But when Chadwick asked the great coach for a favor three decades after his playing days were over, Smith granted it immediately. He was more concerned with him as a student than as an athlete. Read more
It may be fair to say that no one in the history of basketball has spanned the generations quite like Coach Smith. He coached at Kansas under a man, Phog Allen, who played for the inventor of the game, James Naismith. While at North Carolina, he helped turn Michael Jordan into the greatest player the game has ever seen. Read more
Dean Smith was one of the finest coaches in the history of American sport. His championship record, innovation, teaching and influence in the lives and careers of players and coaches are unsurpassed in college basketball. Read more