Please Post a Comment to Share Your Well Wishes with Coach Hatchell

Sylvia Hatchell 2013 BHOF Induction 2University 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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Please leave well wishes and encouragement for Coach Hatchell by commenting below.



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    Posted February 2, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Oh, Sylvia, great news about remission. I have been following your progress through the media and just want you to know that Don and I have kept you and Sammy in our thoughts and prayers. You are truly an inspiration and hope that you return back to your passion soon but take care of yourself in the meantime!! Love and hugs, Donna

  3. Dr. Joni R Jordan
    Posted February 10, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Coach Hatchell,
    As a former Lady Patriot (’86) from Francis Marion College, where your career began, I send the deepest well wishes and prayers.

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    Posted February 20, 2014 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    When you were Associate Director of Athletics at Francis Marion College I was a Mathematics Instructor there. As a cancer survivor I can relate to some of what you’re going through, and I wanted to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery!

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    It has been a long time since Dana Rader Golf School…We had a great time together…Always knew you would be a great coach….I am 10 years out now…that is why I never came back to the third year…I was fighting just like you are now. Have kept up with you the whole time….you love sports just like I do….Great game with Ky. and Mich…..Interesting two sec teams in the final 4. Miss you and think about you lots..Margie

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    Posted January 20, 2015 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

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