Bill Guthridge

Bill Guthridge (1937-2015)

Last position: Head men’s basketball coach
Teams coached: North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina record: 80-28 (.741)
Overall record: 80-28 (.741)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  3  (1998, 1999, 2000)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  2  (1998, 2000)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  2  (1998, 2000)
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • ACC Tournament Champion:  1  (1998)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1997-2000 North Carolina
1967-1997 North Carolina (asst)
1962-1967 Kansas State (asst)

Bill Guthridge Facts

  • William Wallace Guthridge
  • Born July 27, 1937
  • Died May 12, 2015
  • Hometown: Parsons, Kansas
  • Alma Mater: Kansas State University (BS, 1960 & MA, 1963)
  • The Kansas native played guard at K-State under Hall of Fame head coach Tex Winter
  • Started coaching right away after earning his bachelors, spending two seasons at Scott City HS (KS)
  • Returned to Manhattan in 1962, spending the next five seasons as one of Winter‘s assistants; also coached golf at KSU
  • Joined fellow Kansas native Dean Smith‘s staff at North Carolina in 1967, serving as his assistant for the next 30 years
    • Tenure included ten trips to the Final Four and two National Championship titles
    • Courted to become a head coach elsewhere many times as Smith‘s top assistant but never left; nearly left for Arkansas in 1974 and for Penn State in 1978
    • Coached under Smith at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, helping lead Team USA to a gold medal
  • Took over as the Tar Heels’ head coach in 1997 following Smith’s retirement, winning 34 games in his first season and making a run to the 1998 Final Four; Guthridge won several Coach of the Year awards that season
    • Spent just three years as head coach before retiring in 2000 following his second Final Four trip in three years
    • The 1997-98 team featured future NBA players Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, Brendan Haywood and Shammond Williams; Guthridge would later coach future NFL Pro Bowler Julius Peppers, who walked on to the basketball team after the football season was over
  • Along with his wife, Leesie, had two sons and one daughter

Bill Guthridge Coaching Tree