Happy Birthday, Dean Smith

Yesterday marked the 80th birthday of UNC’s legendary basketball coach, Dean Smith. (Sorry, coach, I know you are a stickler for being on time but I’ve been sick and away from the office, so this is a belated greeting!).

The Hugh Morton Collection of Photographs and Films currently has 197 images of Smith online—either for your virtual photographic reminiscence of or initial introduction to a beloved Tar Heel—including the image above depicting Coach Smith signaling for the “four corners” offense during a game in the early 1990s. And while you’re visiting A View to Hugh, please take a moment to read Art Chansky’s essay, “The Tar Heels’ ‘White House Photographer,’” on Hugh Morton’s Tar Heel sports photography, which features an anecdote or two about and a few photographs of Coach Dean Smith.

2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Dean Smith

  1. Recently I did some research about Carolina’s 1993 NCAA championship run in New Orleans. In an interview following that final game, UNC standout Eric Montross described Tar Heel Head Coach Dean Smith this way:

    “He is the best coach in the world.”

    Most in the Tar Heel Nation agreed then and agree now.

    Best wishes Coach Smith on your 82nd birthday today, February 28, 2013.

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