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UNC Athletic Director John Swofford ' 71 and then-Chancellor Paul Hardin congratulate Hatchell after
her basketball team won the 1994 national championship. Hiar Orrel/
banged on her door in the afternoon-
she was the quarterback, with special
protection because her mother wouldn't
. let her play tackle.
"It's just like over here in Woollen Gym
now," Hatchell said. "Ifyou're not good
enough to play, you sit. So I had to be
good enough. I'd just love to have had
all the opportunities then that little girls
At Carson-Newman College she was
the only woman in a basketball coaching
class. She was on the team, but scholarships
were unheard of She departed cum laude
in 1974, then got a master's from the Uni-
versity of Tennessee, where she coached
the junior varsity women's team.
In 11 years as head coach at Francis
Marion College, Hatchell's Lady Patliots
never were ranked lower than 18th in the
country. She took them to national cham-
pionships in two divisions, the Association
of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women in
1982 and the National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics in 1986. The
Hatchell record was 273-80 at Francis
Marion, including one 36-2 run in 1986.
She also has gold medals for assisting the
U.S. teams at the 1988 Olympics, and the
Goodwill Games and World Champion-
ships in 1986.
That year she got a phone call from a
reporter that she thought was a hoax.
Jennifer Alley, 179-104 as head coach at
North Carolina, was leaving. "The job
here is the only one I ever really applied
for," Hatchell said. "I wasn't concerned
about what North Carolina could do for
me. My attitude was, 'I want this job.' "
It wasn't all the smooth sailing it had
been at Francis Marion. Long before the
photo ofher and her girls with the presi-
dent, there was the time she and Mack
Brown were walking out of the weight
room, both dragging a few too many losses
on their records. They ran into John
Swofford ' 71. The athletics director put
his ann around Hatchell and said, "Hey,
you're my coach, and I believe in you."
"That," she said, "just made me want
to work that much harder."
Said Swofford: "The first thing we look
for in a coach is their value system and
then their technical skills. Sylvia Hatchell
was a proven winner, with two national
championships, so she had the technical
capability, but she also had an excellent
values system and a comnutment to the
development ofyoung people. She's
brought our program to new heights. A
lot ofpeople around here don't know that
we have one of the best women's basket-
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