NC leaders to honor Dean Smith with new resolution

Dean Smith - File photo

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN)- Legendary basketball coach Dean Smith will be honored by North Carolina lawmakers Wednesday when they pass a joint resolution honoring his memory.

This will be the second time Smith will be honored by lawmakers since his passing earlier this year.

A similar resolution honoring Smith’s life was passed in February.

Smith is most known for his coaching career at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He started there in 1958 as an assistant and took over the program in 1961.

Smith played a role in integrated the university’s athletic program when he recruited Charles Scot, the first African American scholarship player.

He guided Tar Heels for 36 seasons. During that time he made 27 NCAA Tournament appearances, 11 Final Four appearances and won two national titles.

Smith also led the U.S. men’s basketball team to an Olympic victory in the 1976 Olympic Games.

He retired from coaching in 1997. He suffered from dementia in his later years and passed away in February at the age of 83.

Many of Smith’s former players said his legacy made an impact on more than just basketball.

The resolution honor Smith will be presented Wednesday.

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