WASHINGTON — North Carolina head coach Roy Williams will receive the Nell and John Wooden Leadership in Coaching Award, an annual honor given in memory of legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.
Williams, who led the Tar Heels to their sixth NCAA Championship last season, will be presented with the award Oct. 12 during a dinner celebration at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.
“I have tremendous respect for both Coach Wooden and his beautiful partner in life, Nell. It is an honor beyond any words to receive a leadership award named in their memory,” Williams said in a release.
“They did so much for the game and for young people in and out of basketball. This is a recognition I receive on behalf of my wife, Wanda, as well. She’s been my side for more than 40 years, just like Coach Wooden had Nell.”
Williams will be entering his 15th season as head coach of the Tar Heels.
In addition to honoring Williams, the dinner will serve as the site for welcoming inductees Walt Williams and former Duke standout Danny Ferry into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame.
The event will also recognize Brian Boland, former University of Virginia men’s tennis head coach for winning his fourth national championship this past season, as well as, Steve Turner, Gonzaga College High School men’s basketball coach and Jonathan Scribner, St. John’s College High School women’s basketball coach, for both winning the 2017 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and DC State Athletics Association Championships.
“It is a privilege to both honor such an exceptional group of coaches whose growing accolades prove their leadership extends beyond the court, as well as induct Walt Williams and Danny Ferr into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Erik A. Moses, senior vice president and managing director of sports, entertainment and special events at Events DC.
“Roy Williams, Brian Boland, Steve Turner and Jonathan Scribner are more than coaches to their student-athletes, they are mentors — an invaluable role that they voluntarily assumed.”
Duke coach Mike Krzyewski was honored with the Wooden leadership award in 2013.