UNC women's basketball coach honored with retired jersey, court named in her honor

GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - She's the second winningest coach in women's basketball, 2013 inductee of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, has over 900 career wins and most importantly - a cancer survivor.

Within a month of being inducted in the Naismith Hall of Fame, winning her 900th game, and having the #1 recruiting class in the country, UNC women's basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell was diagnosed with leukemia.

One year later, she's a survivor and back to coaching. She says she never forgot where she came from and her hometown never forgot her.

It came full circle for coach Hatchell Friday night at Hunter Huss High School, where she was honored in the way most coaches dream of: a jersey retired in her name and a court named after her.

She credits the people of Gaston County for making her who she is today.

"They have a lot to do with my foundation, with who I am, the qualities and characteristics that I have as a person," Hatchell said.

Coach Hatchell also has big plans for this summer. She is opening an exercise facility for chemo patients at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Center.

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