University of North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell and Lady Gamecocks basketball coach Dawn Staley are part of the 2013 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class. The duo were in Atlanta, site of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Gmae, for the announcement along with five other inductees. The Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will take place in Springfield, Mass. in Spetember.
Hatchell began her head coaching career at Francis Marion in Florence, winning 272 games from 1975-1986. From there, she went to Chapel Hill where she guided North Carolina to a national championship in 1994. The Lady Tar Heels floor leader was named national coach of the year three times (1994, 2006, 2008) and achieved her 900th career win on February 7th at Boston College. Hatchell has a summer home in Cherry Grove and brings the Lady Tar Heels to the beach each year as part of the Crescent Bank Holiday Invitational.
Staley is on her way to Springfield as one of the greatest women's basketball players in history. After guiding the University of Virginia to three Final Fours and scoring over 2,000 points, the electric guard won three gold medals playing the for US Women's basketball team. She is a six time WNBA All-Star. â??Ever since I found out that I was on the ballot, I have been in shock," Staley said in a USC press release. "I still canâ??t quite embrace how big it is. Itâ??s something that I thought, if it were to happen, would happen when I was much older. Itâ??s a special occasion to be announced, and Iâ??m just trying to enjoy it. Itâ??s overwhelming, but Iâ??m trying to enjoy it.â??
2013 Naismith Hall of Fame Inductees
Rick Pitino - Lousivlle head coach
Bernard King - former NBA star
Gary Payton - former NBA star
Jerry Tarkanian - former UNLV coach
Guy Lewis - former Houston head coach
Sylvia Hatchell - North Carolina women's head coach
Dawn Staley - former WNBA/Olympic gold medalist (current South Carolina women's head coach)