North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams is 65 years old but isn’t thinking about retirement just yet. According to a tweet from Jeff Gravley of WRAL, the NBC affiliate in the Raleigh-Durham area, Williams said that he wants to coach for “five to nine more years,” when speaking to a recruit last week.
"I want to coach 5-9 more years." Roy Williams. That's what he told a recruit last week. #unc
— Jeff Gravley (@JGravleySPORTS) April 12, 2016
That’s certainly a lofty goal, but certainly an achievable one. Save for the occasional vertigo attack, Williams does not have any known major health issues. Moreover, he has done so much for the university that there is little reason to believe that he won’t be able to coach the Tar Heels for exactly that timeframe.
Williams has coached UNC since 2003 and has a record of 365-108 (155-61 ACC), with two national titles won over that stretch. In 2015-16, North Carolina went 33-7 (14-4 ACC) and won the ACC Championship before making it to the NCAA Tournament Final, where the Tar Heels lost to Villanova on a game-winning buzzer beater.
Long story short, everything is in place for Williams to retire as a member of the Tar Heel family and so long as his health allows, count on him holding to a timeframe of five to nine years.
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