The University of North Carolina men's basketball team overcame a 15-point deficit in the first half to down Florida State on Monday, earning coach Roy Williams his 300th career victory with the program. It marked the seventh straight conference win for the Tar Heels, who now sit at fourth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference despite an 0-3 start.
Williams began his head coaching career at Kansas in 1988. He would spend 15 seasons on the bench in Lawrence, amassing 418 wins while leading the Jayhawks to four Final Four appearances. For all his successes, he was never able to bring home a title to Allen Fieldhouse, with the Jayhawks falling to the Carmelo Anthony-powered Syracuse squad in the 2003 National Championship Game. It would be the final game Williams coached for the Jayhawks.
Shortly after the loss, Williams accepted the head coaching job at North Carolina, where he had served as an assistant under the venerable Dean Smith before arriving at Kansas. He immediately generated positive results with the Tar Heels, leading the once-proud program to the second round of the tournament in 2004 before capturing his elusive first championship in his second season in Chapel Hill. Williams and the Tar Heels would claim another title during the 2008-09 campaign, defeating Michigan State to cap a 34-4 season.
With 718 career wins on his ledger, Williams ranks 17th all-time among Division I college basketball coaches. Among active coaches, he trails only Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski (977 wins) and longtime Syracuse bench boss Jim Boeheim (945). However, Williams compensates for his lack of longevity compared to those coaches with a sterling .793 winning percentage, topping both in that category.