Hatchell's milestone moments
Sylvia Hatchell on Thursday became just the third Division I women's coach to win 900 career games. Hatchell, the only coach to lead teams to national championships at the AIAW, NAIA and NCAA levels, has been a college coach for 38 seasons. The three-time national coach of the year has led North Carolina to 15 Sweet 16 appearances and three trips to the Final Four. Hatchell has guided UNC to eight ACC titles and six seasons with at least 30 victories.
Jan. 14, 1976: Hatchell was just 23 years old when she won her first game, an 88-62 Francis Marion victory over Voorhees. Francis Marion, which is now an NCAA Division II program, is located in Florence, S.C., about an hour northeast of Columbia.
Sylvia Hatchell's all-time record stands at 900-317 for a 0.740 winning percentage. Hatchell was 272-80 at Francis Marion from 1976 to 1985 before taking over North Carolina, where she has coached the past 27 seasons. She is 628-237 with the Tar Heels. Hatchell won national titles in 1994 (NCAA), 1986 (NAIA) and 1982 (AIAW).
Feb. 8, 1980: Hatchell's 100th career victory came in her fifth season as Francis Marion topped Winthrop 75-61.
1982: Only seven seasons into her college coaching career, Hatchell guided Francis Marion to the AIAW small college division crown. Francis Marion beat College of Charleston 92-83. After routing its first-round opponent by 37 points, Francis Marion posted wins of four, 14 and nine points to clinch the title.
1986: Francis Marion won its second national championship, this time at the NAIA level, by beating Wayland Baptist 75-65. The victory capped a 36-2 record, Hatchell's best season at Francis Marion. It was also her final season there as she left shortly after to take over the Tar Heels.
Nov. 28, 1986: Hatchell didn't have to wait long for her first victory in Carolina blue. The Tar Heels beat Northwestern State 96-79 in Baton Rouge, La., in LSU's Crawfish Classic. The 1986-87 season ended with a 19-10 record and a loss in UNC's NCAA tournament opener.
March 7, 1994: The second-seeded Tar Heels swept through the ACC tournament to clinch their second title, beating Georgia Tech, Clemson and Virginia. But it's Hatchell's first ACC tournament championship.
April 3, 1994: In the Tar Heels' first Final Four, they put together perhaps the best finish in NCAA championship game history. Coming out of a timeout trailing by two points with seven-tenths of a second left, Stephanie Lawrence inbounded the ball to Charlotte Smith, who swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer to clinch Carolina the national title, 60-59 over Louisiana Tech. It also was the first women's NCAA tournament with the expanded 64-team field.
March 18, 1995: The season ultimately ended in the Sweet 16 five days later, but beating Seton Hall in the second round capped the program's first back-to-back 30-win seasons. And counting the final 14 victories from the 1993-94 season and the 18 to open 1994-95, the program put together a 32-game win streak.
Jan. 22, 1998: Hatchell notched win No. 500 as North Carolina beat NC State 67-64.
Jan. 27, 1998: Tracy Reid, who 12 days earlier set North Carolina's single-game scoring record with a 42-point performance in a loss to Virginia, is selected seventh overall in the WNBA draft. She was the first UNC player to be drafted in the WNBA, and went on to win rookie of the year honors.
June 13, 2004: Hatchell was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.
Jan. 24, 2005: With a 56-51 victory over Duke, then-No. 12 North Carolina notched its first win over a No. 1-ranked team in program history.
Jan. 15, 2006: The Tar Heels' 65-63 victory over NC State gave Hatchell her 700th career coaching victory.
Jan. 30, 2006: For the first time in program history, the Tar Heels are ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll during the regular season.
March 20, 2006: Twelve years had passed since North Carolina's last Final Four, but the Tar Heels punched their return ticket by beating Tennessee 89-70 in the regional final.
March 27, 2007: North Carolina earned its second consecutive Final Four berth, beating Purdue 84-72 in the regional finals. The Tar Heels went on to win a school-record 34 games after opening the season with 24 straight wins.
Feb. 7, 2008: A little more than a decade after winning her 500th game overall, Hatchell won her 500th contest at North Carolina as the Tar Heels defeated Clemson 79-47. Hatchell became just the third coach to win 500 games at an ACC school, joining Virginia's Debbie Ryan and NC State's Kay Yow.
March 2, 2008: The Tar Heels topped Duke 86-73 to cap a 14-0 mark in ACC play, marking the program's first undefeated ACC regular season.
March 17, 2008: For the fourth consecutive season, North Carolina was named a No. 1 seed in the women's NCAA tournament.
Jan. 11, 2009: Another game with NC State, another milestone victory. Just as her 500th, 600th and 700th career victories came against the Wolfpack, Hatchell earned win No. 800 with a 75-66 overtime victory over NC State.
Jan. 19, 2012: Hatchell won her 600th career game at North Carolina in a 56-37 victory over Virginia Tech.
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