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Mike O'koren News Archive

How UNC alum Chris Blue became Chapel Hill's police chief

I try to get out to Franklin Street at least once a week. Often, I am transported back to my time as a UNC undergraduate, a young person trying to find a path, wondering what the world holds and my place in it. I entered UNC as a freshman in 1986. I had grown up with pictures of Walter Davis, Phil Ford, Mike O’Koren and Rich “Chickie” Yonakor on the walls of my room. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

Mike O'Koren on Dean Smith: 'remarkable person'

In four years playing for the late, great Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina, Mike O'Koren scored 1,785 points, won 94 games and rebelled one time. On that occasion, O'Koren complained to the media about the excruciating pace of Smith's famous "four corners" spread offense. At the next practice, Smith gave him a 10-pound vest and orders to run the bleachers for the duration of the workout. (Asbury Park Press)

Mike O'Koren named assistant basketball coach at Rutgers

Rutgers University head men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan announced today that Mike O’Koren and Greg Vetrone will serve as assistant coaches. A collegiate All-American at North Carolina under Dean Smith, O’Koren arrives “On the Banks” with 10 years of NBA assistant coaching experience, while Vetrone possesses more than 25 years of coaching experience. (ScarletKnights.com)

Mike O'Koren: ACC Legends Class 2013

Looking back, what are the main things you took away from playing for Dean Smith? Mike O'Koren: "You learned to be unselfish, you learned to make the extra pass, you learned to defend. All the aspects of basketball, you were taught by a genius coach, and a genius staff, in my opinion. And then you were taught to be a young man, and to be responsible in what you did and how you acted." (The ACC)

Mike O'Koren Named ACC Legend

Former Tar Heel forward Mike O’Koren (1976-80) was named UNC’s 2013 ACC Tournament Legend, the ACC announced on Jan. 31. O’Koren, one of the most versatile players in Tar Heel history, was the centerpiece of Dean Smith-coached North Carolina teams that captured ACC Championships in 1977 and 1979 and earned NCAA Tournament berths in each of his four varsity seasons. (GoHeels.com)

DeCock: Ex-UNC star Tommy LaGarde builds career around unexpected

A big man on some of the best UNC teams of the ’70s, his No.?45 is one of the honored numbers hanging from the roof of the Smith Center. Tommy LaGarde joined teammates Phil Ford, Walter Davis, Mitch Kupchak, John Kuester and Mike O’Koren in the NBA, and like many professional athletes, his life and career moved on to a second act. Except LaGarde’s second acts have second acts. (Charlotte Observer)

Jim Boylan, Mike O'Koren brought New Jersey flavor to NCAA Tournament in 1977

To this day, they see each other not as college stars or NBA coaches, but as kids on the courts at St. Joseph’s Elementary in the Heights, three blocks east of Journal Square. For Jim Boylan, Mike O’Koren is the ninth-grader from Palisade Ave. Sure, his mouth never stopped moving, but the older guys tolerated the kid from Hudson Catholic because he was absurdly talented for a 6-5 freshman, and because he would give you his blood if you needed it. (Newark Star-Ledger)

Mike O'Koren to assist Eddie Jordan with 76ers

Eddie Jordan, who will be introduced today as the 76ers' next coach, already has lined up two assistants. Mike O'Koren, who was Jordan's assistant with the Washington Wizards before they were fired about six months ago, will join the staff, a source close to the situation confirmed. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

The Freshmen

North Carolina's Mike O'Koren works in the NBA as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Charlotte's Chad Kinch's life ended early when he died from AIDS in 1994 at age 35. In 1977, O'Koren and Kinch were two Jersey kids, precocious freshmen who had huge impacts on their teams' drive to the Final Four.

(Charlotte Observer)

Lucas: UNC Basketball Mailbag Feb. 14

Freshman became eligible in the 1972-73 season. Since then, only 10 players have earned the right to be called 4-year starters: Walter Davis, Phil Ford, Mike O'Koren, Sam Perkins, Brad Daugherty, Kenny Smith, Jeff Lebo, Ademola Okulaja, Jason Capel, and Kris Lang. Jawad Williams started only 9 games his freshman year, so he didn't make the cut.

(Tar Heel Blue)


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