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Hall of Famers Dean Smith and Roy Williams Of North Carolina Come To Auburn For Basketball Coaching Clinic

April 17, 2007

AUBURN - A pair of Basketball Hall of Famers in Dean Smith, college basketball's all-time winningest coach with 879 wins, and Roy Williams of the University of North Carolina, will take part in the Auburn University Coaching Clinic headed by Tigers head coach Jeff Lebo open to coaches at all levels May 4-5 in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.

Coach Smith will conduct an hour-long session Carolina Basketball from 6:15-7:15 pm on May 4 followed by Coach Williams and his instruction on the Carolina Fastbreak from 7:40-9 pm. Lebo was an All-American point guard at North Carolina from 1985-89 under Smith and his assistant, Williams, where the Tar Heels went 116-25 (.823).

"It is an honor to have Coach Smith and Coach Williams to come to Auburn for our coaching clinic," said Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo. "Both are Hall of Fame coaches. They have both been a big influence on my career, playing and coaching."

Registration opens at 2 pm May 4 while the clinic begins three hours later at 5 pm with a coaching session by Chattanooga head coach John Shulman on the Chattanooga Defense.

Following a complimentary breakfast May 5, Auburn assistant coach Dave Lebo will discuss Zone Offense Concepts and Attacking Zone Defense from 9:30-10:45 am. Montverde Academy coach Kevin Sutton will direct *unning a Successful High School Program from 11-11:45 am while coach Jeff Lebo will discuss Set Plays from noon-1:15 pm to conclude the two-day clinic.

Pre-registration is $99 while late registration is $125. Included in the coaching clinic fee is a Friday night coaches* social, free breakfast, coaching notebook clip board and a polo shirt. For more information, please contact: Coach Bryan Bartley at 334.844.9777 or email at

Smith began his college basketball career as a player with Kansas, where he won a national championship in 1952. In 1961, at age 30, he became the head coach at North Carolina. After a losing season in 1961, he had 35 straight winning seasons, won more NCAA Tournament games than any coach in history, reached 11 NCAA Tournament Final Fours and won two NCAA Championships in 1982 and 1993 and coached 14 All-Americans, including Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Jeff Lebo.

Williams, who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Sept. 7, just finished his fourth season as head coach of North Carolina and his 19th overall where he has posted a 524-131 (.800) record. He reached 500 wins sooner than any other coach in history (Jerry Tarkanian earned No. 500 in his 20th season). Williams led the Tar Heels to the 2005 NCAA Championship and went to North Carolina shortly after leading the University of Kansas to the 2003 NCAA Championship in his 15th year at the Jayhawk helm.



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