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Roy Williams, Asheville Native and Kansas U. Head Coach, Returns for Biltmore School Benefit.

The Western North Carolina Historical Association will host Roy Williams, Asheville native and Kansas University head basketball coach, for a special program on Saturday, June 1, at 6 PM, at the former Biltmore School. A former student at Biltmore School, Williams is appearing at the fundraiser in an effort to save his old school and give it new life as home of the new Museum of Western North Carolina.

Williams is in the midst of a brilliant career at Kansas University, with a current record of 388-93 and a winning percentage of .807. He has had more wins in his first 14 seasons of coaching than anyone in NCAA history and the highest winning percentage of all active Division I coaches with at least six years of experience. Since his arrival at Kansas in 1988, he has led the Jayhawks to 13 straight 20-win seasons, eight conference championships and 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Final Four in 1991, 1993 and 2002.

Williams first achieved fame as an assistant coach for the legendary Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina during the years that the Tarheels won the NCAA Basketball Championship.

Admission for the June 1 benefit program is $10 for the general public and $5 for students and Association members.

The Western North Carolina Historical Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of regional history. The Association purchased the former Biltmore School (see picture on right) in June 2001 for $1.8 million with the goal of adapting the structure into a new Museum of Western North Carolina. Currently, the Association is raising funds to pay off a mortgage on the school and to implement the museum project.

For additional information, contact the WNC Historical Association at 828-253-9231 or visit their web site at www.wnchistory.org.

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