Jim Boeheim arrived at Syracuse in 1962 and joined the freshman team, kicking off a 60+ year relationship with the school and its basketball program. Three years as a varsity player, then seven years as an assistant coach, and finally a 47-year run as head coach of the Orange, the 78-year-old coach has officially called it a career.
“There is no doubt in my mind that without Jim Boeheim, Syracuse Basketball would not be the powerhouse program it is today,” said Chancellor Kent Syverud. “Jim has invested and dedicated the majority of his life to building this program, cultivating generations of student-athletes and representing his alma mater with pride and distinction. I extend my deep appreciation and gratitude to an alumnus who epitomizes what it means to be ‘Forever Orange.'”
Boeheim finishes with a 1015-441 record, nine Big East titles, four Big East Tournament crowns, 31 NCAA Tournament appearances, 18 Sweet Sixteens, five Final Fours and one NCAA National Championship (2003). He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005 and was a member of inaugural 2006 class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. His 1,1015 wins are second in NCAA history behind just Mike Krzyzewski.
Syracuse is elevating former Orange player and long-time staff Adrian “Red” Autry to the position of head coach. More on that coming later tonight.
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