Jordan issued a statement on twitter saying that smith was “more than a coach — he was a mentor, my teacher, my second father,” who had taught him not only about basketball but also about “the game of life” like most successful coaches, smith, a member of the basketball hall of fame and a four-time. Bobby knight he continued under basketball hall of fame coach fred taylor at ohio state university in 1958 he was a reserve forward on the knight is one of only three coaches to win ncaa, nit, and olympic championships, joining dean smith of north carolina, and pete newell of california knight is the only. On november 17, 2006 the nabc honored around 180 players, coaches and other notable contributors to college basketball by inducting them into the founding class of the hall of fame oscar robertson, bill russell, dean smith, john wooden, and the family of james naismith, were selected to represent the inaugural. North carolina struggled to defeat unsung fairfield, and smith was beyond gracious that same night, in the same arena, after indiana lost to colorado, hoosiers coach bob knight stormed out of the building and walked several miles back to the team hotel it was an interesting juxtaposition of two.
Dean smith, the coaching innovator who won two national championships at north carolina, an olympic gold medal in 1976 and induction into basketball's hall of fame more than a decade before he left the bench, has died he was 83 the retired coach died peacefully at his north carolina home.
Naismith college coach of the year award is an award given by the atlanta tipoff club to one men's and one women's ncaa division i collegiate coach each season since 1987 the award was originally given to the two winning coaches of the ncaa division i basketball tournament for the first two years of its existence.
Under smith, the tar heels won at least 20 games for each of 27 straight seasons, 30 of his final 31 in 1976, he coached the olympic team that restored the gold medal to the united states in 1983, he was inducted into the naismith memorial basketball hall of fame he had been selected by espn as one.
Though he only spent 11 seasons as a d-i head coach, larry brown has the most remarkable coaching tree in college basketball history in addition to the obvious inclusions—gee, do you think bob knight made the cut with mike krzyzewski as an assistant dean smith with michael jordan in 1994.