Boeheim in 2014
November 17, 1944
Lyons, New York
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
United States (asst.)
United States (asst.)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 NCAA Division I Tournament Championship (2003)
4 NCAA Regional Championships – Final Four (1987, 1996, 2003, 2013)
3 Big East Tournament Championships (1981, 1988, 1992)
8 Big East Regular Season Championships (1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2003, 2010)
Gold medal – Men's Basketball (2008 Summer Olympics)
Gold medal – FIBA World Championship (2010)
1 Naismith College Coach of the Year (2010)
1 AP Coach of the Year (2010)
1 NABC Coach of the Year (2010)
1 Henry Iba Award (2010)
1 The Sporting News National Coach of the Year (2010)
1 Clair Bee Coach of the Year (2000)
4 Big East Coach of the Year (1984, 1991, 2000, 2010)
John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award (2006)
|Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2005
|College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006
James Arthur "Jim" Boeheim (//; born November 17, 1944) is the head coach of the men's basketball team at Syracuse University. Boeheim has guided the Orange to nine Big East regular season championships, five Big East Tournament championships, and 28 NCAA Tournament appearances, including three appearances in the national title game. In those games, the Orange lost to Indiana in 1987 on a last-second jump shot by Keith Smart and Kentucky in 1996 before defeating Kansas in 2003 with All-American Carmelo Anthony.
Boeheim served as an assistant coach for the United States men's national basketball team at the 1990 FIBA World Championship, the 2006 FIBA World Championship, the 2008 Summer Olympics, the 2010 FIBA World Championship, and the 2012 Summer Olympics. In these outings, Team USA finished with two bronze medals and three gold medals, respectively. In addition, Boeheim currently serves as the chairman of the USA Basketball 2009–12 Men's Junior National Committee, has served as the 2007–08 President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and currently sits on its board of directors. Boeheim was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2005.
After suffering from cancer in 2001, Boeheim and his wife founded the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation devoted to child welfare, cancer treatment, and prevention.
Boeheim was born in Lyons, New York. He graduated from Lyons Central High School. Boeheim enrolled in Syracuse University as a student in 1962 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in social science. During his freshman year, Boeheim was a walk-on with the freshman basketball team. By his senior year he was the team captain and a teammate of All-American Dave Bing, his freshman roommate. The pair led the Orange to a 22–6 overall win-loss record that earned the team's second-ever NCAA tournament berth. After graduating from Syracuse, Boeheim played professional basketball with the Scranton Miners of the American Basketball League, during which he won two championships and was a second-team all-star (SU Athletics). While at Syracuse, he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity.
In 1969, Boeheim decided to coach basketball and was hired as a graduate assistant at Syracuse under Roy Danforth. Soon thereafter he was promoted to a full-time assistant coach and was a member of the coaching staff that helped guide the Orange to its first Final Four appearance in the 1975 NCAA Tournament.
In 1976, Danforth left to become head basketball coach and athletic director at Tulane University. A coaching search then led to naught, and Boeheim was promoted to be the head coach of his alma mater. Apart from his brief stint in the pros, Boeheim has spent his entire adult life at Syracuse as a student, player, assistant coach or head coach, a rarity in modern-day major collegiate athletics. In 1986 Boeheim was offered the head coaching job at Ohio State, but turned it down to stay at Syracuse.
In 39 years as head coach at Syracuse, Boeheim has guided the Orange to postseason berths, either in the NCAA or NIT tournaments, in every year in which the Orange have been eligible. The only time the Orange missed the postseason was 1993, when NCAA sanctions barred them from postseason play despite a 20–9 record. During his tenure, the Orange have never had a losing season, have appeared in three NCAA national championship games (1987, 1996, and 2003) and have won the national title in 2003.
Boeheim has been named Big East coach of the year four times, and has been named as District II Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches ten times. In 2004, Boeheim received two additional awards. The first was during the spring when he was awarded the Clair Bee Award in recognition of his contributions to the sport of basketball. During the fall of the same year Boeheim was presented with Syracuse University's Arents Award, the University's highest alumni honor.
Boeheim's coaching style at Syracuse is unusual in that, whereas many highly-successful coaches prefer the man-to-man defense, he demonstrates an overwhelming preference for the 2–3 zone defense.
In an exhibition game on November 7, 2005 against Division II school Saint Rose from Albany, New York, Boeheim was ejected for the first time in his career after arguing a call late in the first half in the Orange's 86–73 victory. He was also ejected from Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 22, 2014 against Duke after arguing a player control foul call on C.J Fair by referee Tony Greene.
Boeheim has also been a coach for the USA national team. In 2001, during his seventh year as a USA basketball coach, Boeheim helped lead the Young Men's Team to a gold medal at the World Championship in Japan. During the fall of that year he was named USA Basketball 2001 National Coach of the Year. He was an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski for the US national team in the 1990 FIBA World Championship and 2006 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal both times. He returned as an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, and again at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, where the United States won the gold medal both times.
In the 2012–13 season Boeheim led Syracuse to their first Final Four appearance since their 2003 NCAA National Championship. The Orange lost to the University of Michigan 61-56.
In the 2013–2014, led the Orange to the NCAA Tournament and lost in the third-round game versus the Dayton Flyers.
NCAA violations and punishment
On March 6, 2015, the NCAA suspended Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim for the first nine ACC games of the 2015–16 season and took away 12 scholarships over a four year period, as a result of a multi-year investigation into the university's athletic programs. The program was forced to vacate 108 wins from the 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 - the second-most wins ever vacated by one program, behind the 113 wins vacated by Michigan.
Records and accomplishments
Head coaching record
|Syracuse Orangemen (NCAA Division I independent) (1976–1979)|
|1976–77||Syracuse||26–4||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1977–78||Syracuse||22–6||NCAA First Round|
|1978–79||Syracuse||26–4||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|Syracuse Orangemen/Orange (Big East Conference) (1979–2013)|
|1979–80||Syracuse||26–4||5–1||T–1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1981–82||Syracuse||16–13||7–7||T–5th||NIT Second Round|
|1982–83||Syracuse||21–10||9–7||5th||NCAA Second Round|
|1983–84||Syracuse||23–9||12–4||T–2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1984–85||Syracuse||22–9||9–7||T–3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|1985–86||Syracuse||26–6||14–2||T–1st||NCAA Second Round|
|1987–88||Syracuse||26–9||11–5||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|1988–89||Syracuse||30–8||10–6||3rd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1989–90||Syracuse||26–7||12–4||T–1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1990–91||Syracuse||26–6||12–4||1st||NCAA First Round|
|1991–92||Syracuse||22–10||10–8||T–5th||NCAA Second Round|
|1993–94||Syracuse||23–7||13–5||2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1994–95||Syracuse||20–10||12–6||3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|1995–96||Syracuse||29–9||12–6||2nd (BE 7)||NCAA Runner-up|
|1996–97||Syracuse||19–13||9–9||T–4th (BE 7)||NIT First Round|
|1997–98||Syracuse||26–9||12–6||1st (BE 7)||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1998–99||Syracuse||21–12||10–8||T–4th||NCAA First Round|
|1999–00||Syracuse||26–6||13–3||T–1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2000–01||Syracuse||25–9||10–6||T–2nd (West)||NCAA Second Round|
|2001–02||Syracuse||23–13||9–7||T–3rd (West)||NIT Semifinals|
|2002–03||Syracuse||30–5||13–3||T–1st (West)||NCAA Champions|
|2003–04||Syracuse||23–8||11–5||T–3rd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2008–09||Syracuse||28–10||11–7||6th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2009–10||Syracuse||30–5||15–3||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2012–13||Syracuse||30–10||11–7||5th||NCAA Final Four|
|Syracuse Orange (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2013–present)|
|2013–14||Syracuse||28–6||14–4||2nd||NCAA Third Round|
|Syracuse:||858–333 (.720)||389–203 (.657)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
Some of Boeheim's notable accomplishments current as of February 1, 2014:
- Led Syracuse University to three national championship game appearances
- (1987, 1996, 2003)
- Led Syracuse University to four Final Four appearances
- (1987, 1996, 2003, 2013)
- Led Syracuse University to six Elite Eight appearances
- (1987, 1989, 1996, 2003, 2012, 2013)
- Led Syracuse University to 16 Sweet Sixteen appearances
- (1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013)
- Led Syracuse University to 26 NCAA Tournament appearances
- (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013)
- Led Syracuse University to eight Big East regular season championships
- (1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2003, 2010)
- Led Syracuse University to three Big East tournament championships
- (1981, 1988, 1992)
- Currently ranks second among active coaches in career wins (858)
- Currently ranks sixth all-time in Division I wins with 858.
- Leads all Big East coaches (past and present) in wins. (366)
- Ranks sixth among active Division I coaches (min. 10 years) in winning percentage (.750)
- In 38 seasons at Syracuse, has compiled 31 20-win seasons, good for most on the all-time list
- Became only the 14th coach ever to reach 750 wins (2007)
- Four-time Big East Coach of the Year (1984, 1991, 2000, 2010)
- USA Basketball's National Coach of the Year (2001)
- Under Boeheim, the Orange have only missed the NCAA Tournament two years in a row twice
- In recognition of Boeheim's numerous accomplishments as SU's head coach, the University named the Carrier Dome court "Jim Boeheim Court" on February 24, 2002.
- Basketball Hall of Fame (2005) as a coach
- Joined Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Calhoun as the third active coach with 800 wins.
- Coached the Orange to a six overtime win against the UConn Huskies, 127–117, the longest game in the history of Big East Conference play.
- Named 2010 Naismith Coach of the Year (along with the same honor from the AP, Sporting News and many others) after leading Syracuse to an unexpected 30–5 record.
- On December 17, 2012 Boehiem became the third coach in NCAA men's basketball history to reach 900 wins, along with Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski. 108 of those wins were vacated on 3/6/2015 after an NCAA investigation.
These former assistant coaches or players of Boeheim later became head coaches at the collegiate level or higher.
- Scott Hicks: Le Moyne (1992–1997); Albany (1997–2000); Loyola (MD) (2000–2004)
- Brendan Malone: Rhode Island (1984–1986); Toronto Raptors (1995–1996); Cleveland Cavaliers (2005, interim)
- Wayne Morgan: Long Beach State (1996–2002); Iowa State (2003–2006)
- Rob Murphy: Eastern Michigan (2011–present)
- Tim O'Toole: Fairfield (1998–2006)
- Louis Orr: Siena (2000–2001); Seton Hall (2001–2006); Bowling Green (2007–2014)
- Rick Pitino: Boston University (1978–1983); Providence (1985–1987); New York Knicks (1987–1989); Kentucky (1989–1997); Boston Celtics (1997–2001); Louisville (2001–present)
- Tim Welsh: Iona (1995–1998); Providence (1998–2008)
Boeheim appeared in the movie Blue Chips, with Nick Nolte and Shaquille O'Neal, playing himself. Boeheim also appeared in the Spike Lee movie He Got Game, again playing himself. Boeheim has appeared in numerous commercials throughout Central New York, and also had a spot in a nationwide Nike Jordan ad featuring former Syracuse great Carmelo Anthony. Boeheim likes to listen to the music of Bruce Springsteen. In the interview, he said that he had no interest in pursuing any other career other than coaching Little League after he retires from coaching basketball.
Boeheim had prostate cancer in 2001, and subsequently became a major fund-raiser for Coaches vs. Cancer, a non-profit collaboration between the NABC and the American Cancer Society, through which he has helped raise more than US$4.5 million for ACS's Central New York chapter since 2000. In 2009, Boeheim and his wife, Juli, founded the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, to expand their charitable mission to organizations around Central New York concerned with child welfare, as well as cancer treatment and prevention.
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- "SU to name Carrier Dome Court in honor of Jim Boeheim". suathletics.com. December 21, 2001. Retrieved December 1, 2007.
- "Mayoral decree of Jim Boeheim day" (PDF). Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll. February 24, 2002. Retrieved December 1, 2007.
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- The Associated Press (November 9, 2009). "Boeheim wins 800th as Syracuse takes opener". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
- The Associated Press (March 13, 2009). "Syracuse survives 6OT thriller vs. Connecticut". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
- "Syracuse's Jim Boeheim wins 900th game". USA Today. December 17, 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- Katz, Andy (6 August 2009). "Off the court Boeheim focuses on helping others beat cancer". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
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- Jim Boeheim at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- OrangeHoops.org with a Boeheims' profile
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