University of North Carolina women’s basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell is temporarily stepping away from her on-the-court coaching responsibilities due to a recent diagnosis of leukemia.
“I am going to be involved in a treatment plan established by Dr. Pete Voorhees, medical oncologist, and his team from the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center,” says Hatchell. “I have the utmost confidence in my doctors. There is a reason why UNC Lineberger ranks as one of the top cancer centers in the nation.
“I will remain very much involved with my team and day-to-day operations here at UNC and expect to return to my sideline responsibilities as soon as possible. My veteran staff and team will be well prepared and meet any challenges until my return. Don’t forget I am a Tar Heel woman!”
Last month, Hatchell was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The 2013-14 season is Hatchell’s 39th as a collegiate head coach and her 28th with the Tar Heels. She has an overall record of 908-321, making her one of only three head coaches in women’s basketball to win 900 games. Hatchell currently stands second in all-time wins with 908 and is first among active coaches. She has led the Tar Heels to a 636-241 mark, won AIAW, NAIA and NCAA national championships, including the 1994 NCAA title with UNC, and claimed eight ACC Tournament titles.
Coach Hatchell is a long-time supporter of UNC Lineberger. Each year, Hatchell tends to her blueberry patch near Black Mountain, NC (pictured right). Pickers send money to UNC Lineberger on an honor system, based on how much they pick from the “pick your own” patch.
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