The search for Roy Williams’ replacement at North Carolina didn’t take long, and it seems like a home run hire.
It took less than a week for the North Carolina Tar Heels to find a replacement for Roy Williams.
According to multiple reports including the Raliegh News & Observer, the Tar Heels are naming assistant coach Hubert Davis as Roy Williams’ successor.
As many as eight candidates were interviewed for the job, including another Tar Heels assistant coach Steve Robinson as well as former Tar Heels assistant and current Stanford head coach Jerod Haase. Davis was ultimately chosen as Williams’ successor and the crumb trail leading up to this decision is not hard to follow.
Back in 2012, Williams handpicked Davis to join his staff and in doing so — whether intentional or not — brought aboard the man who would one day take over the legendary mantle of Tar Heels head coach. As part of Williams’ staff, Davis coached the Tar Heels to back-to-back National Championship appearances including a title in 2013.
Davis played over a decade in the NBA, mostly with the iconic New York Knicks of the 90s, but spent his college days at Chapel Hill.
It goes without saying that the shoes Davis is filling are massive and that extends beyond the aura of Williams. Since Dean Smith took over the Tar Heels job back in 1961, there have been just three other coaches to don the clipboard for North Carolina in over six decades.
Davis will become the fourth.