Sylvia Hatchell Receives Two-Year Contract Extension at North Carolina

The University of North Carolina has agreed in principle on three-year contracts with five head coaches – Joe Breschi (men’s lacrosse), Anson Dorrance (women’s soccer), Sam Paul (men’s tennis), Karen Shelton (field hockey) and Carlos Somoano (men’s soccer) – and is extending the contracts of women’s basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell and women’s lacrosse head coach Jenny Levy.

These are the first multi-year contracts for Breschi, Dorrance, Shelton, Somoano and Paul, agreements which run through the 2018-19 seasons. Hatchell’s extension is for two years through 2019-20. Levy’s is a one-year extension through 2018-19.

“This is a remarkable group of head coaches – each of them has won a national championship and they have a combined 168 years directing their programs at Carolina,” says Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. “We are excited and proud to sign these seven championship coaches to these multi-year contracts and extensions.

“We are fortunate to have such quality people directing our programs. They have provided consistent and outstanding leadership for many years, and that leadership has paid off successfully in competition, in the classroom and in their development of the young women and men they coach.”

The seven coaches have combined for 34 national championships at UNC. Five of the seven have been head coaches at Carolina for 20-plus seasons, including 40 years for Dorrance, 36 for Shelton, 31 for Hatchell, 24 for Paul and 22 for Levy.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees has approved the terms of the contracts.

Sylvia Hatchell is in her 42nd season as a college head coach and 31st as head women’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina. She is a 2013 inductee into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and a 2004 inductee in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Carolina won the NCAA championship in 1994 and won AIAW and NAIA national titles at Francis Marion. Hatchell has led UNC to a 703-278 record and has 975 career victories. She is third all-time in wins and is one of two coaches with 700 or more ACC wins. Hatchell has won national coach of the year honors three times. UNC has won eight ACC titles, 30 or more games six times and 20 or more games 21 times during her tenure. She sat out the 2013-14 due to leukemia, but returned to the sidelines the following season.

Photo Courtesy UNC Athletics


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