FLORENCE, S.C. – Former Francis Marion University women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Saturday (June 12) in Knoxville, Tenn.
Hatchell will be among six inductees entering the hall that currently boasts 73 members. The inductees include eight-time AAU All-American Lurlyne Greer Rogers, North Dakota State University head coach Amy Ruley, three-time Canadian Olympian Team member and current University of Oregon head coach Bev Smith, former executive director of USA Basketball Bill Wall, and recently retired University of Kansas head coach Marian Washington.
Hatchell, a native Gastonia, N.C., coached the Patriots for 11 seasons, from 1975 to 1986, compiling a 272-80 record and winning two national championships: AIAW Division II in 1982 and NAIA in 1986.
She left FMU to accept the head coaching position at the University of North Carolina, where in 18 seasons she has posted a 382-182 mark. In 1994, she guided the Tar Heels to the NCAA title, making her the only known women’s basketball coach to win national crowns under three different affiliations.
A past president of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, her career record stands at 654-262, ranking fifth among active Division I coaches in total victories.
Her resume also includes extensive international coaching experience, leading the USA to a gold medal in the R. William Jones Cup in 1994 and a silver medal at the World University Games in 1995. She served as an assistant coach for USA teams that claimed gold medals at the 1988 Olympics, the 1986 Goodwill Games and World Championships, and the 1983 World University Games, as well as a silver medal at the 1985 World University Games. She coached the South Team to the gold medal at the 1982 U.S. Olympic Festival
Hatchell is a member of the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame, entering as a member of the second class in 1993.