unc assistant coach dies

Even successful head coaches don’t often last, and this summer has been another reminder of that. CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Bill Guthridge, the longtime assistant to Dean Smith who succeeded him as North Carolina’s head coach, has died. Matt Doherty, who succeeded Guthridge as Tar Heels coach and served in that capacity for three seasons, tweeted his condolences Wednesday. #RIP, "It has been a trying time for the University of North Carolina basketball program over the past four months, and our thoughts and prayers are with them again today," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. He directed UNC to the 1998 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship and was named the ACC Coach of the Year. He chose to use a rotating six-man starting rotation in ’98, which meant that even Jamison and Carter didn’t start every game. According to Sports Illustrated, Looney was transported to a local hospital in Lafayette where he was pronounced dead shortly after. And while Mike Krzyzewski is still winning championships at Duke, among his three assistants that summer were two—Chris Collins and Steve Wojciechowski—who might have seemed like they were in Durham for 30 years before becoming head coaches at Northwestern and Marquette, respectively, but in fact were there fewer years combined (28) than Guthridge spent under Smith in Chapel Hill. "My sympathies go out to his wife, Leesie, and their kids and family.". I did think, though, of a conversation we’d had many years before. He was named National Coach of the Year in 1997-98 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Atlanta Tipoff Club (Naismith Award), CBS/Chevrolet, the Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club and The Sporting News. He also was an assistant to Smith on the 1976 U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in Montreal. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report. “Bill Guthridge was a gentleman coach, but a fierce competitor, and an incredibly loyal member of Dean Smith’s staff for three decades,” said UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham.
But when Williams finally returned home in 2003, among the first members of the welcoming party at the Chapel Hill airport was Bill Guthridge.

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