Bill Guthridge, who assisted University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill head coach Dean Smith for 30 years before taking over the Tar Heel program in 1998, died Tuesday night at the age of 77.
Guthridge went 80-28 in his three seasons as UNC’s head coach before retiring prior to the 2000-01 season. Guthridge was the consensus National Coach of the Year in 1997-98 after leading UNC to an ACC Tournament title and the Final Four in the first season after Smith’s retirement. Guthridge, a Kansas State University graduate, join Smith’s staff in 1967.
He led UNC to two Final Fours in his three seasons as head coach. RIP Coach.