Williams has the highest winning percentage in the nation among active coaches with 10 years experience and the fourth-highest in history, having led his teams to a 470-116 record, a victory rate of 80.2 percent. Only Clair Bee, Adolph Rupp and John Wooden join Williams atop the 80 percent mark. “He’s really a bright man,” says Dean Smith. “He has the whole package of what you want as a college head coach. You want somebody who knows basketball, can judge talent, is a competent leader and can teach it in practice, makes good decisions in the game, is highly organized, and also is honest in recruiting. “He’s like Tiger Woods in golf – they have the whole package,” Smith adds. “I don’t know anyone else who does. I certainly consider him to be the best college coach in the country.” Williams, whose teams are 228-19 at home (.923), is in his third year as Carolina’s head coach. He rejoined the Tar Heels on April 14, 2003, after leading the Kansas Jayhawks to the NCAA championship game in his 15th and final year in Lawrence.
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