Quick - who is the winningest basketball coach in UNC history? Nope, not Dean Smith. It's Sylvia Hatchell, who notched career win number 900 at Boston College on Thursday night.
The Tar Heels' victory briefly ties Hatchell with former Texas coach Jody Conradt, who also has an even 900 wins, for second place on the women's coaching list. The all-time leader is former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, with a mind-boggling 1,098 victories.
Hatchell has been at Carolina since 1986 and her Tar Heels won the national championship in 1994 on Charlotte Smith's famous buzzer-beater. After a rocky start in Hatchell's first few years, UNC became a marquee team in ACC women's basketball, winning 8 ACC tournament titles during her tenure. Although some of the luster has been lost from the dominant teams of the mid-90s and mid-00s, the Tar Heels consistently win 20 or more games each season and just signed one of the nation's top recruiting classes.
Congratulations to Coach Hatchell and good luck as the Heels head to Atlanta for a Sunday brunch date with Georgia Tech with a chance to move into second place on the wins list all alone. The game will be shown on ESPNU at 11:30 AM.