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Aug222013

Sylvia Hatchell

Enshrined 2013
Gastonia, NC
Born: February 28, 1952

Biography

A coaching career that has spanned five decades began humbly enough when Sylvia Hatchell, then Sylvia Rhyne, was hired to coach seventh- and eighth-graders at the Talbott School in Talbott, Tennessee in the fall of 1973. Hatchell’s journey would take her from graduate school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to Francis Marion College in Florence, South Carolina, where she guided the small school to two national championships. From there, the University of North Carolina gave Hatchell her dream job, and it was in Chapel Hill that she reached the highest of coaching heights. Her 1993-94 Tar Heel team won the NCAA national title on what is known simply as “The Shot” - Charlotte Smith's buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give UNC the 60-59 win over Louisiana Tech. Hatchell is the only coach to win national championships at three different levels. In 2013, Hatchell became just the third women's coach in history to reach 900 wins, joining legendary Texas coach Jody Conradt and her dear friend and mentor from the University of Tennessee, Pat Summitt.

Career Highlights

National Championship at North Carolina, 1994
National Championships at Francis Marion, 1982, 1986
Associated Press National Coach of the Year, 2006
Enshrinee, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, 2004