Looking at Jim Boeheim's coaching career at Syracuse, leads to one plain and simple point: the man is one of the top coaches in basketball. Year-in and year-out, the Syracuse Orangemen are a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court. Boeheim is in his 36th year of involvement with his alma mater's basketball program. He is the winningest coach in Syracuse University history with 549 career victories, surpassing Lew Andreas' record of 355 wins. He won both his 350th and 400th game faster than any coach in college basketball history. He led his program to its 1,400th victory; becoming just the 10th school in the country to reach that milestone.
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Ending with the 1992 season, he was involved with a string of 10 consecutive NCAA tournament berths, surpassing Jerry Tarkanian and the legendary John Wooden for the fourth longest streak of all-time.
During his tenure at Syracuse, Boeheim has taken a strong regional basketball program and brought it to a spot in the nation's upper echelon:
Postseason appearances in every year except 1993.
19 trips to the NCAAs, including 10 in a row, a number that tied Al McGuire's Marquette teams for the fourth longest streak in NCAA history.
11 seasons with 26 or more victories, including six in a row from 1986-91.
A conference-best six BIG EAST regular season titles (including the 1997-98 BIG EAST Seven title) and three tourney championships.
A conference record 11 championship game appearances.
Boeheim has clearly established himself among the coaching elite. He has compiled a gaudy 549-193 record and is 22-11 in the NCAA Tournament over the past 11 seasons, 29-19 for his career. He has two national championship game appearances. He has an overall winning percentage of .740.
How steady has he been? In the 100-plus years of college basketball, only 11 men have ever won more consistently than James Arthur Boeheim.
Over and above his prowess in the collegiate ranks, Boeheim is also highly-respected on the international scene. In 1991, he was on Mike Krzyzewski's staff as the U.S. basketball team won the silver medal at the Goodwill Games in Seattle and the bronze at the World Championships in Argentina. In 1989, he assisted Gene Keady as the U.S. won the gold at the World University Games. The summer of 1998 saw Boeheim coach the USA Basketball COPABA Junior World Championship Qualifying team. He was named the USA Basketball's 1998 Developmental Coach of the Year after leading the club to a gold medal and a 6-0 record. It was the fourth USA Basketball coaching stint for Boeheim
Boeheim has been associated with basketball at Syracuse University since 1962, first as a player, then as an assistant and now as the head coach. Throughout that association, there has been steady success. In 1966, he and Dave Bing led the Orange to a 22-6 record and its second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. In 1975 he was an assistant for the Orangemen's first Final Four team. In 1987 and 1996, he was at the helm of Syracuse's near-miss in the national championship games. To attain such heights is one thing. To maintain it, as Boeheim has, is quite another.
"If people respect our program...then I hope they have some measure of respect for me," said Boeheim. "I've been at Syracuse for (36) years as a player and coach, and I hope I have had something to do with (the success of) the basketball program during that time."
Over the years, Rony Seikaly, Sherman Douglas, Derrick Coleman and Billy Owens have made their presence felt in the NBA. These are impressive players, but the fact remains that Boeheim was putting together 20-win seasons and NCAA tournament teams long before Dwayne "Pearl" Washington came on the scene and forever changed the quality of recruit that found his way to Syracuse.
Whereas the roster was once dominated with New York State players, Boeheim and his assistants are now welcome in virtually any living room in the country. You don't just suddenly announce you are going to bang heads with the North Carolinas, the Indianas, the Kentuckys of the world. You have to work to prove yourself. And Jim Boeheim has.
A native of Lyons, NY, Boeheim (Nov. 17, 1944) came to Syracuse in 1962 after earning All-Sectional and All-State honors at Lyons Central High School. He began his SU career as a walk-on and finished it as a co-captain alongside Dave Bing in the 1966 NCAA East Regional finals. As a senior, Boeheim averaged 14.6 points and became the 10th player in Syracuse history to score over 400 points in a season. His career numbers read 745 points, a 9.8 scoring average, .519 from the field and .695 from the free throw line.
After graduating from Syracuse in 1966 with a B.A. in Social Science, Boeheim spent the next four years with Scranton in the Eastern League, playing on two championship teams and earning second team all-star honors. He continued to help out with the team under Roy Danforth and in 1969, returned in the role of graduate assistant.
Boeheim earned his Master's in Social Science and coached the freshman team to a 16-2 mark. In 1972 he was elevated to the post of full-time assistant under Danforth, a position he held for the next four years, including SU's 1975 Final Four season. On April 3, 1976, Boeheim was named head basketball coach.
Over the next four years he led the Orange to a record of 100-18 and four NCAA berths. He is the only coach ever to win 100 games in his first four seasons. He won his 200th in less than nine seasons, his 300th in less than 13 and number 400 during his 16th season.
Boeheim has been honored as District II Coach of the Year six times by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in 1980, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1992 and 1994, and three times by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) in 1979, 1980 and 1991. He was the BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1991. In 1988 he was selected as a Syracuse University Letterwinner of Distinction and in 1991 he was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.
An avid golfer, Boeheim won the title of "The Best Golfer in College Basketball" after winning the College Basketball Coaches Invitational in both 1988 and '89. He served as varsity golf coach for the Orange from 1967 until the program was disbanded in 1973.
Boeheim has shunned the spotlight when it comes to his charitable work, but the list is substantial. He has been honorary chairman of the Kidney Foundation and has also worked with the organizations for Multiple Sclerosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Children's Miracle Network, Make-A-Wish, Pioneer Center for the Blind and Disabled, Lighthouse, People in Wheelchairs, Easter Seals, Special Olympics, and the Rescue Mission. In 1980, he was honored by the Syracuse community as recipient of the Mayor's Achievement Award.
He has been a guiding force behind "Coaches vs. Cancer", an organization that raised money for cancer research. The local campaign has led the nation in total money raised each of the last two seasons.
Boeheim married Juli Greene in the fall of 1997 and the couple welcomed the birth of James Arthur Boeheim III in May. Jim also is the father of a daughter, Elizabeth.
Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim completed his 23rd season at the helm of the SU program...On December 5 he participated in the 1,000 game of his Syracuse tenure...He has a career record of 549-193 (a .740 winning percentage)...Boeheim is fifth among active Division I coaches in winning percentage...Only Roy Williams (Kansas), Jerry Tarkanian (Fresno State), and John Kresse (Charleston) and Rick Majerus (Utah) have better marks...The Orangemen have made 22 post-season appearances under Boeheim, including 19 NCAA Tournaments...His SU teams have won 20-or-more games in 21 seasons...Boeheim has taken his alma mater to the NCAA Championship game twice, most recently in 1996...SU has played in the NCAA or the NIT in 21 of his 22 seasons...Boeheim is the winningest coach in BIG EAST history with a 238-132 overall conference record...Boeheim coached his 700th career game at Rutgers on February 21, 1998.
Coach Boeheim was named USA Basketball's 1998 Developmental Coach of the Year...Boeheim led the Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team to a gold medal and a 6-0 record this past summer...It was the fourth USA Basketball coaching stint for Boeheim.
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