Sylvia Hatchell accepts 2013 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award presented by Dr. Mark Janas during half-time of the last home basketball game on Sunday, 2 March 2014.
The Academy is proud to announce Sylvia Hatchell, University of North Carolina’s (UNC) head women’s basketball coach, as their 2013 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award winner.
Hatchell was presented the award on Sunday, 2 March 2014, by UNC and Academy alumnus Mark Janas at the last regular-season game in Chapel Hill, NC.
With a long career of coaching success, Hatchell earned her way to more wins than any other active head coach, holding a record of more than 900 victories over a 39-year reign as a head coach.
As result of her great success, she was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2013, accomplishments all contributing to the Academy’s decision to honor her with this award. The three-time national coach of the year became the tenth UNC Coach to become a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame, all other nine being men.
Likewise, in 2013 Hatchell became the third women’s basketball coach in history to reach 900 wins, second to former University Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.
While serving as the head coach of women’s basketball at the University of North Carolina for 28 years, Hatchell has led the Lady Tar Heels to a 1994 National Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship, three Final Fours, eight Atlantic Coast Conference titles, and six 30-win seasons.
In 1994, Hatchell led the United States to a gold medal in the R. William Jones Cup and the silver medal at the World University Games in 1995. She also served as an assistant coach to the United States team that won a gold medal in 1988, along with numerous other successful coaching roles. In addition to her coaching positions, Hatchell served as the 1996-1997 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association president.
In 1994, Hatchell’s alma mater, Carson-Newman, named her the Distinguished Alumna of the Year and she was later inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. Similarly, she was honored with her induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005 and the North Carolina and South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
Although Hatchell was raised in Gastonia, North Carolina, she traveled to Jefferson City, Tennessee to obtain her bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Carson-Newman in 1974 and her master’s degree the following year at the University of Tennessee.