Legendary college basketball coach Jim Boeheim retires
Jim Boeheim’s illustrious career has come to an end.
The legendary college basketball head coach is calling it a career after 47 years at Syracuse.
Boeheim won a national championship in 2003 and made 35 trips to the NCAA tournament, resulting in 20 Sweet 16s, seven Elite Eights, five Final Fours and three championship game appearances.
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“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.'”
“I have spent my entire career surrounded by the biggest and best names in professional and intercollegiate athletics. Few people are on the same playing field as coach Boeheim,” added athletic director John Wildhack.
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“Jim Boeheim is synonymous with excellence, grit and determination. Jim is a rare breed of coach, building a program that is among the best in college basketball for nearly five decades. I am incredibly grateful for what he has done for Syracuse basketball, Syracuse athletics and Syracuse University as a whole.”
Boeheim was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005 and also won three Olympic gold medals as an assistant head coach for Team USA. He is a four-time Big East Coach of the Year, was named the AP and Naismith College Coach of the Year in 2010 and won the Wooden Award in 2006.
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Syracuse lost on a last-second 3-pointer to Wake Forest Wednesday, 77-74, knocking them out of the ACC Tournament. Speaking to reporters after the game, Boeheim joked that he “gave my retirement speech on the court last Saturday, and I gave it to the press conference afterwards,” but no one picked up on it.
Associate head coach Adrian Autry has been named the new head coach.
Boeheim went 1,116-440 as a head coach. The NCAA vacated 101 of those wins as a result of the university’s athletics scandal, dropping his official record to 1,015-440. He coached only his alma mater for his entire career.
Vacated wins or not, he has the second-most victories in NCAA Division I history, behind only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski. Boeheim is the only coach to win an NCAA tournament game in six different decades.
With Wednesday’s loss, Syracuse likely will not qualify for March Madness this year. Syracuse finished the 2022-23 season with a 17-15 record.