The University of North Carolina announced Wednesday, December 19 that it has signed head coach Roy Williams to an eight-year contract extension that will go through the 2027-28 season. The winningest head coach in school history will have another couple of years to capture more national championships and more career wins.
16 years in, Coach Williams has supplanted himself as a college basketball coaching legend. He has won three national titles as the head coach of the Tar Heels –2005, 2009, and 2017– and continues to set the UNC record for career wins, with his overall record being at 432-128.
Williams’ extension was one of 18 other UNC athletic contracts that were also announced on Wednesday morning, according to a press release from the school. He is reported to earn more than $6.8 Million in total salary over the next 10 seasons.
“I am grateful and humbled in the University’s continued faith in my leadership of the basketball program,” Williams said in the release.
“When I coached at Kansas my contracts with Nike and our media partner were private, and UNC respected and honored that for 15 years. However, times have changed and understanding the environment that college basketball faces now, Chancellor Carol Lynn Folt, Administrator Lawrence Cunningham and I agreed the correct and proper thing would be to disclose those terms.”
The announcement comes as a benefit to Tar Heels fans altogether. Starting off their season at 3-1 with an impressive 13-point dismantling of Gonzaga this past Saturday, the Tar Heels are waiting to see whether or not a pursuit to Williams’ fourth national title at UNC will come into fruition.
Their first in-conference competition takes place in the Petersen Events Center against Pitt on Saturday, Jan. 5th as they look to not only get a better result on last year’s conference championship in which they were runner-ups in but a better result in the national tournament as well, seemingly as they were dealt a crushing second-round loss to Texas A&M.