UNC remembers 'Super Dave'

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Before North Carolina’s 101-75 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Sunday, the Tar Heels asked for a moment of silence to remember “Super” Dave Harder, who drove UNC’s bus for more than two decades.

And the coaches took it one step farther, wearing a lapel pin with the initials “DH” to remember a man they considered part of their team.

“They put one on my desk, and I was very pleased to wear it,’’ coach Roy Williams said of the pin. “I knew we were going to do the moment of silence for Dave … it was a touching moment, but a tough one, too.”

Harder -- nicknamed “Super Dave” for his incredible feats of driving, such as maneuvering the team through ice and snow on road trips, and backing the bus into tight garages, when necessary -- passed away suddenly in October. He was 64.

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