John Dahl ’86
As a kid playing in his driveway, John Dahl ’86 imagined himself as Terps shooting guard Mo Howard sinking a buzzer-beater to win the ACC Tournament. Dahl’s fascination led him to UNC and eventually evolved into a career as an executive producer at ESPN.
For the last 25 years, Dahl has produced hundreds of documentaries, from “Catholics vs. Convicts” to the 2020 blockbuster “The Last Dance.” Now he’s turned his attention to men’s Atlantic Coast Conference basketball. “I thought we should tell the story of ACC basketball through the history of the ACC Tournament,” Dahl said, “because staging a tournament before anybody else did is what makes the ACC special.”
“This is a passion project because ACC basketball is part of my identity,” Dahl said. “I’m bringing something to the screen that has never been done before and that is both exciting and humbling. I feel a sense of responsibility to all of the amazing people who have played in the ACC, coached in the ACC, covered the ACC, as well as fans who love ACC basketball, to get this right.”
Dahl will be profiled in the March/April issue of the Carolina Alumni Review.