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The Roy Williams File

January 14, 2003

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Age: 52.
Place of birth: Spruce Pine, N.C.
Hired at Kansas: July 8, 1988.
Record: 399-96 (.806).
Stops before Kansas: Owen High, Swannanoa, N.C. (1973-78, head coach); North Carolina (1978-88, assistant).
Big 12 titles: 3 (1997, 1998, 2002).
Big Eight titles: 5 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996).
Final Fours: 3 (1991, 1993, 2002).
Consecutive NCAA appearances: 13 (KU ineligible for tourney in Williams' rookie season).

Glorious moment: Reached national title game in 1990-91, defeating Arkansas and Indiana in Sweet 16 and Elite Eight and North Carolina in national semifinals.

Disappointment: Lost to Arizona, 85-82, in 1997 NCAA Sweet 16 tournament game. His Jayhawks finished one of best seasons in school history at 34-2.

International resume: Chosen assistant for 2004 U.S. Olympic Team; 1993 U.S. Under 22 head coach; 1992 U.S. Olympic Developmental Team coach; 1991 World University Games assistant; 1989 Big Eight Select Team head coach.

Williams' NBA players (drafted or played in league): Paul Pierce, Raef LaFrentz, Jacque Vaughn, Scot Pollard, Ryan Robertson, Drew Gooden, Kevin Pritchard, Rick Calloway, Mark Randall, Greg Ostertag, Eric Chenowith, Rex Walters, Darrin Hancock, Adonis Jordan.

Coaching tree: Matt Doherty (North Carolina), Neil Dougherty (Texas Christian), Mark Turgeon (Wichita State), Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt), Steve Robinson (Florida State, now KU assistant), Jerry Green (former Oregon, Tennessee head coach), Jay Price (Purdue assistant).

Crowning recruiting moment: Steered Michael Jordan to North Carolina.

Did you know: Williams' teams are 194-16 at Allen Fieldhouse for an uncanny .924 mark ... entering the season Williams had highest win percentage of all active coaches (.807) and was third all-time in overall win percentage (minimum 10 years coaching). ... had most wins in first 14 years as a head coach (388 to 343 for Syracuse's Jim Boeheim). ... during last 14 years has averaged 27 wins per season ... teams have reached Sweet 16 seven of last 10 years. ... No. 2 on KU's all-time coaching win list behind Phog Allen.

Div. I Coaching Records
Wins (Active Coaches)
Entering this week's games:

Jim Phelan, Mt. St. Mary's, 824
Bob Knight, Texas Tech, 797
x-Lefty Driesell, Georgia State, 786
Lou Henson, New Mexico State, 751
Eddie Sutton, Oklahoma State, 714
John Chaney, Temple, 678
Lute Olson, Arizona, 673
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke, 647
Jim Calhoun, UConn, 634
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse, 633
Hugh Durham, Jacksonville, 596
Davey Whitney, Alcorn State, 553
Dave Bliss, Baylor, 521
Ben Jobe, Southern, 514
Rollie Massimino, Cleveland St., 514
Cliff Ellis, Auburn, 511
Bob Huggins, Cincinnati, 509
Mike Montgomery, Stanford, 504
Don DeVoe, Navy, 503
Gene Keady, Purdue, 497
Gary Williams, Maryland, 490
Jim Harrick, Georgia, 461
Ben Braun, California, 461
Pat Douglass, UC Irvine, 459
Pat Kennedy, Montana, 400
Roy Williams, Kansas, 399
x-resigned on Jan. 3

Win Percentage: Top Ten Active Coaches

Roy Williams 399-96 (.806)
Bob Huggins 509-175 (.744)
Rick Majerus 393-137 (.742)
Jim Boeheim 633-222 (.740)
Mike Krzyzewski 647-227 (.740)
Lute Olson 673-237 (.740)
Rick Pitino 381-137 (.736)
Bob Knight 797-300 (.727)
John Chaney 678-263 (.721)
Tom Izzo 176-70 (.715)

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