North Carolina Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell Discusses Passion and Distractions In Sport
University of North Carolina Head Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell joined Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to discuss passion, distractions, technology and relationships.
Coach Hatchell was recently inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame. While on a trip to Massachusetts, she spoke about the concept of passion and what it takes to succeed at the elite level in life and sport. Or more specifically the game of life and women’s basketball.
Coach mentioned that the relationships built within the team are paramount to building the desire or passion in her athletes. She also talked about the power of distractions and how they decrease the ability of the team playing with passion.
Over her career as a coach, she had seen distractions in many different sizes and shapes. One newer area is the concept of technology and social media. Coach Hatchell talked about her policy of no phones at any team events. She also mentioned that when curfew arrives phones are handed in until breakfast. Limiting technology improves performance and builds relationships within the team.
Tune in for the complete interview on “Developing Passion In Athletes.”
After over 1,000 career games and 36 seasons of coaching, it stands to reason that North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell would belong to some exclusive clubs. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004. She is one of only four head coaches in Division I history to reach the 800-win plateau. She is the third-winningest active coach in the nation. She has been named national coach of the year three times and has led teams to at least 20 wins 27 times, fourth-most nationally.