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North Carolina Tar Heels
University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg
University University of North Carolina
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Dick Baddour
Location Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Varsity teams 28
Football stadium Kenan Memorial Stadium
Basketball arena Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center
Baseball stadium Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium
Other arenas William D. Carmichael, Jr. Auditorium
Mascot Rameses
Nickname Tar Heels
Fight song I'm a Tar Heel Born
Here Comes Carolina
Colors Carolina blue and White

             

Homepage tarheelblue.com

The North Carolina Tar Heels are the athletic teams for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The name Tar Heel is a nickname used to refer to individuals from the state of North Carolina, the Tar Heel State. Being the flagship institution of the University of North Carolina system, the campus at Chapel Hill is referred to as the University of North Carolina for the purposes of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Tar Heels are commonly referred to as Carolina, North Carolina, UNC, or simply The Heels.

The mascot of the Tar Heels is Rameses, a Bighorn Ram. It is represented as either a live Dorset sheep with its horns painted Carolina Blue, or as a costumed character performed by a volunteer from the student body, usually an undergraduate student associated with the cheer leading team.

North Carolina has won 37 team national championships in six different sports, eighth all-time, and 51 individual national championships.

UNC's long-time arch-rival is Duke, located in nearby Durham. The two schools square off annually in an all-sport competition known as the Carlyle Cup. NC State is sometimes considered a secondary rival.

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Baseball

  • Head Coach: Mike Fox
  • Stadium: Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium
  • ACC Championships: 5 (1982, 1983, 1984, 1990, 2007)
  • College World Series Appearances: 8 (1960, 1966, 1978, 1989, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

The baseball team has had recent success, reaching the championship series of the College World Series in 2006 and 2007 losing both times to Oregon State. They also appeared in the College World Series in 1960, 1966, 1978, 1989, 2008, and 2009.

Field Hockey

2007 field hockey team with President George W. Bush
  • Head Coach: Karen Shelton
  • Stadium: Henry Stadium
  • ACC Championships: 16 (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2007)
  • National Championships: 6 (1989, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2009)

Football

2006 football team playing Virginia Tech
  • Head Coach: Butch Davis
  • Stadium: Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championships: 1 (1895)
  • Southern Conference Championships: 5 (1922, 1934, 1946, 1949)
  • ACC Championships: 5 (1963, 1971, 1972, 1977, 1980)
  • Postseason Bowl Appearances: 27 (1947 Sugar, 1949 Sugar, 1950 Cotton, 1963 Gator, 1970 Peach, 1971 Gator, 1972 Sun, 1974 Sun, 1976 Peach, 1977 Liberty, 1979 Gator, 1980 Bluebonnet, 1981 Gator, 1982 Sun, 1983 Peach, 1986 Aloha, 1993 Peach, 1993 Gator, 1994 Sun, 1995 Carquest, 1997 Gator, 1998 Gator, 1998 Las Vegas, 2001 Peach, 2004 Continental Tire, 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl, 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl)
  • Best Final Ranking: #3 (1948 Associated Press)

Men's basketball

2008 men's basketball players Wayne Ellington, Danny Green, Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson, and Deon Thompson
  • Head Coach: Roy Williams
  • Arena: Dean E. Smith Center
  • Southern Conference Championships: 13 (Tournament: 1922, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1945; Regular Season: 1935, 1938, 1941, 1944, 1946)
  • ACC Championships: 43 (Tournament: 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2008; Regular Season: 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 )
  • Helms Foundation Championships: 1 (1924 (Undefeated))
  • NCAA National Championships: 5 (1957 (undefeated), 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009)
  • Final Four Appearances: 18 (1946, 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009)
  • Best Final Ranking: #1 (Associated Press: 1957, 1982, 1984, 1994, 1998, 2008, 2009; Coaches: 1957, 1982, 1984, 1993, 2005, 2009)
  • ACC/National Players of the Year: 8 (Jack Cobb 1923-26, George Glamack 1938-41, Lennie Rosenbluth 1954-57, Phil Ford 1974-78, James Worthy 1979-82, Michael Jordan 1981-1984, Antawn Jamison 1995-98, Tyler Hansbrough 2005-09)

North Carolina has enjoyed long success as one of the top basketball programs in the country. Overall, the Tar Heels have won five NCAA National Championships and were retroactively awarded one by the Helms Foundation.

Under coach Frank McGuire, the team won its first NCAA championship in 1957. After McGuire left, legendary coach Dean Smith established the team as a powerhouse in college basketball. While coaching for North Carolina for thirty-nine years, Smith set the record for the most wins of any men's college basketball head coach, a record broken in 2007 by Bob Knight. Under Smith, the Tar Heels won two national championships and had numerous talented players come through the program. Smith is also credited with coming up with the four corners offense. More recently, the Tar Heels won the national championship in 2005 and 2009 under coach Roy Williams.

Men's Lacrosse

Men's lacrosse in the 2009 ACC tournament final.
  • Head coach: Joe Breschi
  • Home fields: Fetzer Field and Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • ACC tournament championships: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
  • ACC regular season championships: 1981, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996
  • NCAA tournament appearances: 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • NCAA tournament championships: 1981, 1982, 1986, 1991

Women's Soccer

2006 women's soccer player Robyn Gayle
  • Head Coach: Anson Dorrance
  • Stadium: Fetzer Field
  • ACC Championships: 38 (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Tournament, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Regular Season)
  • National Championships: 21 (1981 AIAW, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009 NCAA)
  • College Cup Appearances: 25 (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009)

Other sports

2005 men's soccer team playing SMU

Other national championship victories include the women's basketball team in 1994; the women's handball team in 2004; and the men's handball team in 2004, 2005, and 2006. The men's crew won the 2004 ECAC National Invitational Collegiate Regatta in the varsity eight category. In 1994, North Carolina's athletic programs won the Sears Directors Cup which is awarded for cumulative performance in NCAA competition.

National championships

North Carolina women's soccer team celebrates winning their 18th NCAA championship in 2006.

North Carolina has won 39 national championships, 37 of which are from the NCAA.[1] The 37 NCAA Championships ranks eighth all time, behind only UCLA, Stanford, Southern California, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, LSU, and Texas.

  • Men's
  • Women's
    • Basketball - 1994
    • Field Hockey - 1985, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2009
    • Soccer - 1981**, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009

(*) Pre-NCAA tournament championship (**) There was only one AIAW soccer tournament, thus making North Carolina the only women's soccer team to win an AIAW championship

Rivalries

Tip-off of a basketball game against Duke at the Dean Smith Center

North Carolina's most heated rivalries are with its Tobacco Road counterparts Duke, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest. In recent years, the North Carolina-Duke basketball series has attracted the most attention. The Tar Heels also have a rivalry with Virginia in college football, known as the South's Oldest Rivalry. UNC and UVA are the two oldest schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Notable alumni

Notable graduates from the athletic programs include Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison, Charlie Justice, Phil Ford, Kristine Lilly, Davis Love III, Andrew Miller, Cindy Parlow, Eddie Pope, Jeff Reed, B.J. Surhoff, Lawrence Taylor, Roy Williams, Rasheed Wallace, James Worthy, and Julius Peppers.

Vince Carter
Rick Fox
Rashad McCants

UNC Tar Heel players who went pro in the NBA or ABA

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