When did the coach leave Kansas for UNC?

Roy Williams started out as a head coach with the Kansas Jayhawks before leading the UNC Tar Heels to multiple championships.

Aside from being two of the biggest programs in college basketball and wearing a shade of blue, Kansas and UNC have one big thing in common: Roy Williams.

The head coach, who won the national title, has served at both universities for more than a decade, guiding them to NCAA tournament success.

On Monday night he watches the team that gave him his first chance battle it out against his alma mater for a national title.

When did Roy Williams leave Kansas for UNC?

Williams went to North Carolina and began his coaching career in the late 1970s under Dean Smith. His decades of service prepared him for a promotion in 1988 when he became head coach at Kansas.

Prior to William’s arrival, Larry Brown had led the Jayhawks to a championship before coaching the San Antonio Spurs.

Williams kept the program among national contenders, finishing runner-up in the 1991 and 2003 March Madness. However, he never got over the hill to give Lawrence a title back.

Being a Tar Heels graduate, Williams was constantly involved with the UNC job after Smith retired in 1997. He remained in Kansas when Smith’s replacement, Bill Guthridge, was replaced by Matt Doherty in 2000. However, in 2003 he finally managed to move back to Chapel Hill.

Roy Williams Kansas coaching record

Williams won 80.5 percent of his games as head coach at Kansas and went 418-101 in his 15 seasons in charge. He only had one season, his first, with fewer than 20 wins.

Current Kansas head coach Bill Self has overtaken his predecessor in wins, but Williams still ranks third in Jayhawks history. Phog Allen leads both with 590 wins in 39 years.

Roy Williams UNC coaching record

Just like in Kansas, Williams won just 19 games in his first season with North Carolina. He quickly proved his worth by winning his first national championship in 2005.

He won titles in 2009 and 2017.

Overall, as Tar Heels head coach, Williams went 485-163 and won 74.8 percent of his games. He retired after the 2021 season.

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