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Hatchell Named to Hall of Fame

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UNC women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell was chosen for induction to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September.

Mike Zarrilli

It's been a pretty good year for UNC women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell.

Hatchell led the 2013 edition of the Tar Heels to a 29-8 record and a runner-up finish in the ACC Tournament. She moved into second-place in all-time victories of women's college coaches, and landed arguably the best recruiting class of her entire Carolina career.

Now you can add named to the Basketball Hall of Fame to Hatchell's recent list of accomplishments.

Hatchell joins a class that includes fellow coaches Rick Pitino of Louisville, former Houston coach Guy Lewis (of Phi Slamma Jamma fame), and former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian. Players named on Monday include Bernard King, Gary Payton, and Dawn Staley. The announcement was made on Monday and this year's class will be formally inducted in September.

Hatchell is a three-time national champion, winning two titles at Francis Marion and the famous 1994 buzzer-beater at Carolina. She is also a three-time national coach of the year and has won 908 games in her 38-year career.

Hatchell becomes the 10th Tar Heel in the Naismith Hall of Fame, along with Carolina coaches Ben Carnevale, Frank McGuire, Dean Smith, and Roy Williams, plus UNC alumnus Larry Brown. Tar Heel players enshrined include James Worthy, Bob McAdoo, Billy Cunningham, and Michael Jordan.

Congratulations to Coach Hatchell!