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Jim Boeheim
Jim Boeheim
Title Head Coach
College Syracuse
Sport Basketball
Conference Big East
Team record 827–292 (.739)
Born November 17, 1944 (1944-11-17) (age 65)
Place of birth Lyons, New York, USA
Career highlights
Overall 827–292 (.739)
NCAA Division I National Championship (2003)
Regional Championships – Final Four (1987, 1996, 2003)
Big East Tournament Championship (1981, 1988,
1992, 2005, 2006)
Big East Regular Season Championship (1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2003, 2010)
Gold MedalMen's Basketball (2008 Summer Olympics)
The Sporting News National Coach of the Year (2010)
Big East Coach of the Year (1984, 1991, 2000, 2010)
John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award (2006)
Playing career
1962–1966 Syracuse
Position Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1990, 2006–
Syracuse (asst.)
United States (asst.)
Basketball Hall of Fame, 2005

James Arthur "Jim" Boeheim (pronounced /ˈbeɪhaɪm/;born November 17, 1944) is the head coach of the men's basketball team at Syracuse University.[1][2][3] In his 34th season leading the Orangemen, Boeheim has guided his team to eight Big East regular season championships, five Big East Tournament championships, and 25 NCAA Tournament appearances, including three appearances in the national title game. In those games, the Orange lost to Indiana in 1987 and Kentucky in 1996 before defeating Kansas in 2003. With 827 career wins, all at Syracuse, he currently ranks second on the wins list of active NCAA Division I coaches, behind only Mike Krzyzewski of Duke University.

Boeheim has served as an assistant coach, under head coach Krzyzewski, for the United States men's national basketball team at the 1990 FIBA World Championship, the 2006 FIBA World Championship, and the 2008 Summer Olympics, where the team won the gold medal.[4][5] He will continue to serve in the same capacity at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Summer Olympics, also under Krzyzewski.[6][7] 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.[8][9][10] For his accomplishments, Boeheim was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2005.[11]

Off the court, he has battled prostate cancer and has become a major advocate for Coaches vs. Cancer, a non-profit collaboration between the NABC and the American Cancer Society, through which he has helped raise $4.5 million for ACS's Central New York chapter since 2000.[12][13][14]





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.[1] During his freshman year, Boeheim was a walk-on with the men’s 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[2] and was a second-team all-star (SU Athletics). While at Syracuse University he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity.


In 1969, Boeheim decided to coach basketball and was hired as a graduate assistant at Syracuse. 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 1975. Coach Roy Danforth, the head coach at the time, was hired away from Syracuse University to become the athletic director at Tulane University. A coaching search then led to naught and, in 1976, 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 basketball life at Syracuse, one of a very few individuals to do so.

In his thirty-two years as head coach at Syracuse, Boeheim has guided the Orange to postseason berths, either in the NCAA or NIT tournaments, in all but one of his seasons (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, appeared in three NCAA national championship games (1987, 1996, and 2003) and won the national title in 2003.

Boeheim has been named three-time Big East coach of the year, and has been awarded ten times as District II Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. In 2004, Boeheim received two additional awards. The first was during the spring when he was awarded the Claire 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 of the more successful coaches prefer the man-to-man defense, he demonstrates an overwhelming preference for the 2-3 zone defense.[2][15]

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.

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.[4][5] He returned as an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, where the United States won the gold medal.

Records and accomplishments

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Syracuse (Big East Conference) (1976–present)
1976–77 Syracuse 26–4 -- -- NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1977–78 Syracuse 22–6 -- -- NCAA First Round
1978–79 Syracuse 26–4 -- -- NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1979–80 Syracuse 26–4 5–1 T–1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1980–81 Syracuse 22–12 6–8 6th NIT Runner-up
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
1986–87 Syracuse 31–7 12–4 T–1st NCAA Runner-up
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
1992–93 Syracuse 20–9 10–8 3rd None (NCAA Violations)
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 Semi–Finals
2002–03 Syracuse 30–5 13–3 T–1st (West) NCAA Champions
2003–04 Syracuse 23–8 11–5 T–3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2004–05 Syracuse 27–7 11–5 T–3rd NCAA First Round
2005–06 Syracuse 23–12 7–9 T–9th NCAA First Round
2006–07 Syracuse 24–11 10–6 5th NIT Quarter–Finals
2007–08 Syracuse 21–14 9–9 T–8th NIT Quarter–Finals
2008–09 Syracuse 28–10 11–7 6th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2009–10 Syracuse 28–4 15–3 1st
Syracuse: 827–292 (.739) 326–178 (.647)
Total: 827–292 (.739)

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion


Some of Boeheim’s notable accomplishments current as of March 3, 2010:

  • Led Syracuse University to the 2003 NCAA national championship
  • Led Syracuse University to three national championship game appearances
(1987, 1996, 2003)
  • Led Syracuse University to three Final Four appearances
(1987, 1996, 2003)
  • Led Syracuse University to four Elite Eight appearances
(1987, 1989, 1996, 2003)
  • Led Syracuse University to 14 Sweet Sixteen appearances
(1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2009)
  • 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, 2005, 2006, 2009)
  • Led Syracuse University to eight Big East regular season championships
(1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2003, 2010)
  • Led Syracuse University to five Big East tournament championships
(1981, 1988, 1992, 2005, 2006)
  • Leads all Big East coaches (past and present) in wins. (326)
  • Ranks sixth among active Division I coaches (min. 10 years) in winning percentage (.740)[16]
  • Currently ranks second among active coaches in career wins (827)[16]
  • In 34 seasons at Syracuse, has compiled 32 20-win seasons, good for most on the all-time list[16]
  • Became only the 14th coach ever to reach 750 wins (2007)[16]
  • 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
  • As of 2005, Boeheim is eighth in Division I NCAA tournament wins with forty-one (CBS Sportsline).
  • Basketball Hall of Fame (2005) as a coach [17]
  • Joined Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Calhoun as the third active coach with 800 wins, and eighth all-time with a victory over Albany on November 9, 2009.[18]
  • 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.[19]

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.[20][21]

Notable players coached by Boeheim

Personal Life

According to an interview conducted by The Post-Standard in 2005, Boeheim enjoys watching television. He cites ER and CSI: Miami as two of his favorite TV shows, and also watches Desperate Housewives and NYPD Blue. Boeheim also 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, 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 states that he has no interest in pursuing any other career after he retires from coaching basketball other than coaching Little League. Boeheim fought a personal battle with cancer, which has led to his devotion to the “Coaches vs. Cancer” tournament that raises awareness of cancer.[1] Boeheim is married to Juli,[1] twenty-two years his junior. They have three children: James, and twins Jack and Jamie. He also has a daughter, Elizabeth, from a previous marriage.[1]

Boeheim and Doug Gottlieb have traded barbs ever since 2005 because of Gottlieb's criticism of Syracuse's soft preseason schedule and Boeheim's comments regarding Gottlieb's difficulties at Notre Dame, which include stealing and using a teammates credit card. Gottlieb and Boeheim refuse to discuss their feud publicly.[22]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "SU Athletics Profile". suathletics.com. http://www.suathletics.com/Sports/basketball/mbasket/2002/coach.asp?path=mbasket#Boeheim. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  2. ^ a b c "Orange Hoops Profile". orangehoops.org. http://www.orangehoops.org/JBoeheim.htm. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  3. ^ "USA Basketball Profile". USA Basketball. http://www.usabasketball.com/biosmen/jim_boeheim_bio.html. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  4. ^ a b "1990 USA Basketball". USA Basketball. August 8-19, 1990. http://www.usabasketball.com/history/mwc_1990.html. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  5. ^ a b "2006 USA Basketball". USA Basketball. August 19-September 3, 2006. http://www.usabasketball.com/history/mwc_2006.html. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  6. ^ "Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim will return as Mike Krzyzewski's USA Basketball assistant coach". Syracuse.com. July 21, 2009. http://blog.syracuse.com/orangebasketball/2009/07/syracuse_coach_jim_boeheim_wil.html. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  7. ^ "Krzyzewski continues as U.S. basketball coach". Reuters. July 21, 2009. http://www.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idUSTRE56K6QB20090722. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  8. ^ "USA Basketball Announces 2009-12 Committees". USA Basketball. http://www.usabasketball.com/news.php?news_page=09_usab_committees. Retrieved 2009-03-36. 
  9. ^ "NABC Presidents". nabc.cstv.com. http://nabc.cstv.com/about/about-history-pastpresidents.html. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  10. ^ "2008-09 NABC Board of Directors". nabc.cstv.com. http://nabc.cstv.com/about/about-directors.html. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  11. ^ "Basketball Hall of Fame Profile". hoophall.com. http://www.hoophall.com/halloffamers/bhof-jim-boeheim.html. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  12. ^ "Off the court Boeheim focuses on helping others beat cancer". espn.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/columns/story?id=3753116. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  13. ^ "Jim Boeheim's personal crusade - fighting cancer". nabc.cstv.com. http://nabc.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/050407aab.html. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  14. ^ "Boeheim the Coach Outdone by Boeheim the Fund-Raiser". The New York Times. 2009-03-26. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/27/sports/ncaabasketball/27syracuse.html?_r=1&hp. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  15. ^ "Looking inside the Syracuse 2-3 zone". ESPN.com. January 13, 2003. http://static.espn.go.com/ncb/2003/0113/1491778.html. Retrieved 2006-01-22. 
  16. ^ a b c d "NCAA Division I Coaching Records" (PDF). NCAA. August 23, 2007. http://www.ncaa.org/stats/m_basketball/coaching/d1_coaching_records.pdf. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  17. ^ "Basketball Hall of Fame Profile". Basketball Hall of Fame. September 2005. http://www.hoophall.com/halloffamers/bhof-jim-boeheim.html. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  18. ^ "Boeheim becomes 8th Div. I coach with 800 wins as Syracuse rolls". ESPN. November 2009. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=293130183. Retrieved 2009-12-126. 
  19. ^ "Syracuse survives longest game in Big East history with epic win over UConn". ESPN. March 2009. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=290710041. Retrieved 2009-12-126. 
  20. ^ "SU to name Carrier Dome Court in honor of Jim Boeheim". suathletics.com. December 21, 2001. http://www.suathletics.com/news/basketball/mbasket/2001/12/21/boeheimcourt.asp?path=mbasket?path=mbasket. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  21. ^ "Mayoral decree of Jim Boeheim day" (PDF). Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll. February 24, 2002. http://www.syracuse.ny.us/mayorDocs/2/Coach%20Jim%20Boeheim%20Day2.pdf. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  22. ^ Wolfley, Bob (2005-03-11). "SPORTSWAVES Gottlieb's strong words have some calling foul" (in english). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4196/is_20050311/ai_n12946776. Retrieved 2007-03-10. 


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