Sometimes, you just get lucky with timing. That's what happened with our March 2013 issue. Sylvia Hatchell was originally slated for our February 2013 cover, but she was bumped by the national championship in women's soccer. That moved her back to our March issue, which means the cover was released almost exactly as she picked up her 900th career win and then moved into second place all-time on the women's basketball win list with her 901st victory.
Most Carolina fans are at least casually familiar with Coach Hatchell. For our cover story, we asked Lauren Brownlow to tell us something we don't already know about the Tar Heel fixture, and she delivered. Fundamentally, Brownlow writes, Hatchell is a teacher:
Even now, there are times she feels like she needs to break down the parts again, get back to fundamentals, and she’ll send her assistants on the road and conduct practice by herself. Senior point guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt said that those tend to be teaching practices. “She does a lot more talking. It’s more teaching, but we’re just learning by listening to her,” Ruffin-Pratt said.
In addition to Lauren's story on Hatchell, you'll also find an extensive Q&A with Tar Heel athletic director Bubba Cunningham on UNC's new strategic plan, an infographic on Dean Smith's coaching tree and a column from Jawad Williams with some behind-the-scenes insight into the UNC-Duke basketball rivalry.