Hatchell Enshrined Into Naismith HOF
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Inside Carolina
Posted Sep 8, 2013


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell joined the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon at Symphony Hall.


Coaches Hubie Brown, Sylvia Hatchell, Rick Pitino Van Chancellor, and Jack Ramsay discusses the game at a round table at the Bunn-Gowdy Awards Dinner as part of the 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony. (NBAE Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

"Every morning since this class was announced at the men's Final Four this spring, when I wake up and open my eyes I say to myself, 'I am really going into the Naismith Hall of Fame?' This is absolutely incredible and I might have Nancy (Leibermen) come over and pinch me," Hatchell said in her induction speech.

Hatchell's resume includes 908 victories, eight Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles, three Final Fours and the 1994 NCAA title. She is second in all-time wins to former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt,



More on Coach Hatchell's Hall of Fame induction

--Hatchell's day is here - Story by Hatchell's hometown paper.

--Hatchell carves place in history - Mechelle Voepel's story, Intense but maternal North Carolina coach readies for Naismith induction

--Interview with theACC.com - Conversations with Hall of Famers Sylvia Hatchell and Dawn Staley

-- Hall of Fame PC Video - Sylvia Hatchell and Dawn Staley address the media from the Hall of Fame.

--Hall of Fame Induction Video: Sylvia Hatchell

Hatchell received the elite membership over the weekend along with a group that included Gary Payton, Rick Pitino, Jerry Tarkanian, Dawn Staley, Guy Lewis, Bernard King, Roger Brown, Dr. E.B. Henderson, Oscar Schmidt and Russ Granik.

Originally Hatchell planned to have Summit, who she calls a dear friend, present her but Summit's on-going battle with early onset dementia prevented her from traveling. Friends Nancy Lieberman and Hubie Brown stepped in escort Hatchell.


(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

The only coach to have won national championships at all three levels of women's collegiate basketball (AIAW, NAIA and NCAA), Hatchell credited three things for her achievements:

"Success is about relationships. There are three key things that I think have helped me be a winner and to be a coach all these years and win over 900 games. And those are my faith, my family and my friends.

"Faith gives me tremendous balance in my life, and I've always believed that givers gain because we don't come into this world with anything and we're not going to leave with it. What we have while were here, we don't own it, it's just ours to manage while we're here. I challenge you to take what you have and give it away. Givers always gain."


NBAE Photo

Quick to thank others, Hatchell praised her husband and son effusively, remembered her parents and grandparents, mentioned her siblings and even her friends from basketball, the beach and the mountains. She also went out of her way to thank her players and staff, both former and current.

"I would not be here without you," she told them from the podium. "I would not be here without you and it has been a privilege to coach you and to be a part of your lives. Thank you to all the great players who've played for me over the years. And then my coaching staff, my support staff. They are all here tonight. … A special thank you to all my staff from the University of North Carolina."

Hatchell's enshrinement makes Carolina the only college basketball program with both current men's and women's head coaches in the Hall of Fame. Former UNC coach Dean Smith is also a member.


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