Hall of Fame member Jim Boeheim has had a remarkable run as head coach at his alma mater, Syracuse University. Boeheim has guided only winning teams in his tenure and has pushed the Orange into the postseason in all but two of his 42 years. SU has made 32 trips into the NCAA Tournament, including Final Four appearances in 1987, 1996, 2003, 2013, and 2016, and captured the NCAA championship in 2003.
The architect of numerous remarkable campaigns, Boeheim ranks second in all-time Division I coaching triumphs and on the active games coached list, trailing only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski in both categories.
Boeheim achieved the ultimate basketball tribute in 2005 when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and was honored again in the offseason, receiving the John R. Wooden “Legends of Coaching” Award.
He enrolled at Syracuse in 1962 and was a walk-on with the basketball team. By Boeheim’s senior season, he was a team captain along with the legendary Dave Bing. The Orange were 22-6 overall that year and earned the program’s second-ever NCAA Tournament berth. In 1969, he was hired as a graduate assistant at SU by head coach Roy Danforth and was appointed head coach of the Orange in 1976.
A four-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year, Boeheim received Syracuse University’s Arents Award, the school’s highest alumni honor in 2000, and the University named the Carrier Dome court “Jim Boeheim Court” on February 24, 2002.
Boeheim, a long-time participant in the USA Basketball program, was named 2001 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year. He’s served as an assistant coach for the USA teams that won Olympic gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016, and the World Cup in 2010 and 2014.
A champion of many charitable causes, Boeheim and his wife started the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation. He has lent his time to Coaches vs. Cancer, Crouse Hospital’s Kienzle Family Maternity Center, the Children’s Miracle Network, the Eldercare Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Pioneer Center for the Blind and Disabled, Lighthouse, People in Wheelchairs, Easter Seals, the Special Olympics, the Rescue Mission and the Jack Bruen Fund, among others.