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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 28 February 1931Emporia, Kansas, USA
Date of Death 7 February 2015Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Birth NameDean Edward Smith
Nickname Coach Smith
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dean Smith was born on February 28, 1931 in Emporia, Kansas, USA as Dean Edward Smith. He was married to Linnea Smith and Ann Cleavinger. He died on February 7, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.

Spouse (2)

Linnea Smith (21 May 1976 - 7 February 2015) (his death) (2 children)
Ann Cleavinger (1954 - 1973) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (23)

Former head basketball coach at the University of North Carolina. One of only two people to play on a NCAA Basketball Champion (Kansas) and coach a NCAA Basketball Champion (North Carolina). The other is Bobby Knight.
Enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983.
Assistant coach for the United States Air Force Academy (1955-1958) and University of North Carolina (1958-1961).
Became the NCAA's all-time winningest coach (879-254, .776) following a 94-74 victory over Louisville in the 1997 NCAA Tournament.
Coach of the Year in 1977 (NABC), 1979 (Basketball Weekly, USBWA), 1982 (Medalist) and 1993 (Naismith). ACC Coach of the Year eight times (1967-1969, 1971, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1988, 1993). Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated (1997). John R. Wooden Award (1999).
Coached the U.S. to the 1976 Olympic gold medal.
Compiled a record 65 NCAA Tournament victories.
Enshrined in North Carolina Hall of Fame (1981).
Graduate assistant for the University of Kansas (1953-1954).
Head coach for the United States Air Force Academy in Germany (1954-1955) and University of North Carolina (1961-1997).
Holds the record of 23 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
Innovations by Smith: The four-corner offense, run-and-jump defense and foul-line huddle.
National championships (1982, 1993). 11 Final Fours (1967-1969, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997), second only to UCLA and John Wooden's 12 appearances. 13 ACC Tournament championships (1967-1969, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997).
President, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) (1982).
The "Dean Dome", UNC's home court, is named in his honor. The real name is the the "Dean E. Smith Center". It is nicknamed the "Dean Dome" by the fans and the local media.
Though a Democrat, he supported the losing campaign of Richard Vinroot (who played for Smith in the sixties) for Governor of North Carolina in 2000.
Has five children: daughters Sandy, Sharon, Kristen Caroline, and Kelly Marie; son Scott
Wife Linnea is a psychiatrist and anti-porn activist
One of three coaches to win the NIT (1971), NCAA Championship (1982 and 1993), and an Olympic gold medal (1976) as a head coach. Bob Knight and Pete Newell are the only other two to accomplish such a feat.
College coach of players including Larry Brown, George Karl, Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, James Worthy, Buzz Peterson, Matt Doherty, Charles Scott, Rasheed Wallace, and Jerry Stackhouse.
Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013 by President Barack Obama.
Inducted into the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Hall of Fame in 2007 (inaugural class).
Was lifelong friends with his assistant coach Bill Guthridge. Guthridge succeeded Smith as head coach of the University of North Carolina men's basketball team from 1997-2000, reaching Final Four in 1998 and 2000.

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