Dean Smith
Dean Smith

Dean Smith

More than a Coach
By The Charlotte Observer, Foreword by Phil Ford


128 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, PDF, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $16.95)

ISBN 9781629371726

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Mar 2015)


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A tribute to the late Dean Smith, called a "coaching legend" by the Basketball Hall of FameWhen he retired as North Carolina's basketball coach in 1997, Dean Smith was the winningest coach in NCAA Division I men's basketball history, leading the Tar Heels to an unprecedented 879 wins in a career that began in 1961. By 2015, when Smith passed away at the age of 83, the coach had become something of a living legend. Beloved by fans and players alike, Coach Smith's legacy was apparent well before his passing. In Dean Smith: More than a Coach, the Charlotte Observer recalls Coach Smith's many accomplishments on and off the court, and reveals the impact he had on the lives of countless others. This commemorative tribute features dozens of rare stories and photographs from the newspaper's archives, and an exclusive introduction from acclaimed Observer columnist Scott Fowler. Whether celebrating Smith's two national championships, his four Coach of the Year awards, or his leadership in integrating the North Carolina basketball program, the book demonstrates that Smith's life is one well worth remembering.

Author Biography

The Charlotte Observer is the most-circulated newspaper in North Carolina. Its original incarnation was founded in 1886, and the paper has been awarded four Pulitzer Prizes. Phil Ford was the National Player of the Year and NBA Rookie of the Year in the late 1970s. He was an assistant under Coach Smith in the late 1980s and 1990s. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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