New Head Coach at North Carolina
Last week, legendary head coach, Roy Williams retired. Many thought it could have been an April Fools Day gag as it was on April 1st that he announced his retirement. However, it was confirmed that there were no jokes being played. The decision did come as a bit of a shock to many around College Basketball, but after 33 years of coaching between Kansas and North Carolina, Williams decided it was time to call it quits.
Roy Williams holds a career record of 903–264 as a head coach which is a very respectable .774% winning percentage.
North Carolina along with other major college programs like Duke and Kentucky have seen a major dip in their success over the past two years. In that respect, the decision to retire may be well-warranted, but Roy Williams will be missed around College Basketball nonetheless.
With the departure of Williams, there was now a major pair of shoes to fill with the Tar Heels. There were plenty of candidates for the position, but ultimately it was filled with the most qualified candidate to fill the hole left by Roy Williams as the head coach of such a historic College Basketball Program. That man was Hubert Davis.
Davis has been a long-time assistant coach for North Carolina. He was highly involved with scouting, recruiting, and bench coaching during his time as an Assistant. This experience with North Carolina came after a multi-year stint as an ESPN Analyst. Davis was the no-brainer hire for North Carolina who did look into other candidates like UNCG head coach, Wes Miller who played College Basketball and UNC.
North Carolina Athletic Director, Bubba Cunninham did want to hire within the ‘UNC Family’ However that was not the only factor that went into this decision. Cunningham wanted a sense of ‘Continuity’ within the new hire and Davis was exactly that. He has been Roy Williams right hand man for a while now, and will get his opportunity to follow his footsteps.
With this new hire, North Carolina will look to regain the success of their basketball program that they have seen in years past.
Before his days as a coach, Hubert Davis played in the NBA from 1992–2004 for the Mavericks, Wizards, Nets, Knicks and Raptors. He was a 3-point specialist throughout his playing days.
A new era in North Carolina Basketball is upon us. It will be interesting to see whether or not top recruits will look to join the North Carolina Family in the upcoming years now that Roy Williams is out and Hubert Davis is in.