Women's College Basketball

 
                 === UNC's Hatchell resumes coaching duties ===
 
 Chapel  Hill,  NC (SportsNetwork.com)  - North  Carolina announced Monday that
 longtime  head  women's  basketball  coach Sylvia  Hatchell  has  successfully
 completed  chemotherapy  treatments for  leukemia and will  be back behind the
 bench for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
 
 Hatchell  spent  all of last season  battling the disease, which was diagnosed
 during  a physical  exam back  in October.  Her leukemia  has since  gone into
 remission,  allowing her  to make recruiting trips and attend Tar Heel booster
 club events in recent weeks.
 
 "Her  disease is  in complete remission, and we remain highly optimistic about
 her future," said Dr. Pete Voorhees of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer
 Center. Coach Hatchell will be back for the upcoming season, and I expect that
 her  experience over  the last many months,  as difficult as it was, will only
 make her a stronger person and coach."
 
 Hatchell,  62, has  served as North Carolina's head coach since 1986 and ranks
 fifth  on the all-time wins list with 908 career victories. She guided the Tar
 Heels  to  a national  championship in  1993-94 and  six ACC Tournament titles
 during her 28-year tenure.
 
 "I'm  excited about  the future of our program," said Hatchell in a statement.
 "Stepping  away from the sidelines has helped me see the game from a different
 angle.  I  will be  more in  tune than ever  with the  ingredients of what our
 players and program need to be successful. I'm looking forward to summer camps
 starting up soon in Carmichael Arena, continuing recruiting the top players in
 the country and starting back summer workouts with our players."
 
 
 
 
 
 05/05 17:21:12 ET

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