The building is named after his mentor, but now the floor bears his name.
North Carolina had a dedication over the weekend naming the floor at Dean E. Smith Center ‘Roy Williams Court’ in honor of the Tar Heels’ current coach who has won three national titles at his alma mater.
Williams is entering his 16th season helming the UNC program, where he worked for Dean Smith as an assistant for 10 years before taking over at Kansas. He returned as head coach in 2003.
“Coach Williams has incredible respect for this university, for his mentor, Coach Dean Smith, this program and everything about Carolina,” North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham said. “He speaks with passion, enthusiasm and a heartfelt commitment that this place means something to him every single day. And he’s earned the respect, not just because he wins games, but because of how he treats others as a mentor, a friend, a father, a grandfather and a contributor to this community.”
The floor now features’ Williams’ signature in Carolina blue with ‘COURT’ emblazoned in white. Here’s the video of how it came together: