Dean Smith

1931 - 2015

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Dean Edwards Smith (February 28, 1931 – February 7, 2015) was an American men's college basketball head coach. Called a "coaching legend" by the Basketball Hall of Fame, he coached for 36 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Smith coached from 1961 to 1997 and retired with 879 victories, which was the NCAA Division I men's basketball record at that time. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dean Smith has received more than 1,335,211 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Dean Smith is the 127th most popular basketball player (up from 152nd in 2019), the 6,483rd most popular biography from United States and the 85th most popular American Basketball Player.

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Among basketball players, Dean Smith ranks 127 out of 1,264Before him are K. C. Jones, Dwyane Wade, Ron Harper, Donald Piper, Walt Bellamy, and Doc Rivers. After him are Jo Jo White, Bill Laimbeer, Spud Webb, Chris Mullin, Jaak Lipso, and Šarūnas Marčiulionis.

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Among people born in 1931, Dean Smith ranks 341Before him are Ivan Toplak, Lonnie Donegan, Fay Weldon, Norberto Boggio, Sergio Obeso Rivera, and John Houghton. After him are Konrad Stäheli, Madeleine Berthod, Klas Lestander, Olja Ivanjicki, Jorge Edwards, and Michael Fisher. Among people deceased in 2015, Dean Smith ranks 279Before him are Boris Morukov, Ibrahim Biogradlić, Keith Michell, Nigel Terry, Kayahan, and Józef Oleksy. After him are Jean Vautrin, Friedrich L. Bauer, Eric Arturo Delvalle, Guru Josh, Mate Trojanović, and Ali Treki.

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Among people born in United States, Dean Smith ranks 6,483 out of 15,968Before him are Charlotte Stewart (1941), Evan Stone (1964), Carmen Zapata (1927), Jimmy Fallon (1974), Estelle Taylor (1894), and Richard Kind (1956). After him are Leonard Warren (1911), Daniel Silva (1960), Thomas Hart Benton (1889), Walter Isaacson (1952), Michael Bowen (1957), and George C. Homans (1910).


Among basketball players born in United States, Dean Smith ranks 85Before him are K. C. Jones (1932), Dwyane Wade (1982), Ron Harper (1964), Donald Piper (1911), Walt Bellamy (1939), and Doc Rivers (1961). After him are Jo Jo White (1946), Bill Laimbeer (1957), Spud Webb (1963), Chris Mullin (1963), Chet Walker (1940), and Russell Westbrook (1988).