UNC Coach Resigns over 'Racially Insensitive' Comments, Ending 33-Year Career


The University of North Carolina announced on Thursday that women’s basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell resigned after a review supporting she made “racially insensitive” comments among other issues.

This ended her 33-year coaching career at the university.

“The University commissioned a review of our women’s basketball program, which found issues that led us to conclude that the program needed to be taken in a new direction,” Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said Thursday, according to a statement released Friday.

Hatchell, 67, did not respond in a timely manner when players and staff approached her about the “racially insensitive” comments.

She was not viewed as a racist, however.

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The review, conducted by Charlotte-based firm Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, also found Hatchell had a “breakdown of connectivity” with the players.

“Players and medical staff expressed frustration with perceived and undue influence from Hatchell regarding medical issues and pressure to play,” the statement added.

The review involved 28 current players and those linked to the women’s basketball program, the statement said.

Hatchell has coached at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1986.

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She was placed on paid leave April 1.

“The game of basketball has given me so much, but now it is time for me to step away,” Hatchell said, according to the statement.

“This is an idea I have been contemplating since my cure from leukemia.”

“This year, after defeating Notre Dame, the top-ranked team in the country, and returning to the NCAA Tournament, our program is once again headed in the right direction and ready for new leadership,” she said.

Hatchell had a 1,023-405 record over 44 seasons and was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

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