CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell has been diagnosed with leukemia.
In a release from the school Monday, Hatchell said she would temporarily step away from her coaching duties to focus on treatment. She said she would remain involved with the team and expected to “return to my sideline responsibilities as soon as possible.”
The 61-yar-old Hatchell was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last month. She’s preparing for her 28th season with the Tar Heels and has 908 career victories, making her one of only three head coaches in the sport to win 900 games.
Hatchell led UNC to the 1994 NCAA championship.
Longtime assistant Andrew Calder will lead the program while Hatchell is away. He has been on Hatchell’s staff throughout her tenure.