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FutureStarrJim Boeheim Out As Syracuse Coach After 47 Seasons
After 47 seasons, Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim is retiring as men's basketball coach at Syracuse. On Wednesday afternoon, after their 77-74 loss to Wake Forest in the ACC tournament, Syracuse announced that Boeheim will be replaced by associate head coach Adrian Autry.
Boeheim amassed an official coaching record of 1,015-441 (101 wins have been vacated due to NCAA rules violations), second only to Duke's Mike Kryzewski with 47 seasons.
Boeheim announced his retirement after 47 seasons as head coach at Syracuse, building up the program into a perennial powerhouse. His coaching record stands second only to Mike Krzyzewski's and leaves behind an indelible mark in Syracuse's legacy.
Boeheim, known for his unyielding advocacy and fighting spirit, guided Syracuse University to many remarkable moments during his 47-year coaching career. He coached teams that won three NCAA Tournament titles, five Final Fours and one national championship; additionally he guided students through some of college basketball's toughest moments - such as losing beloved teammates, friends and mentors to tragedy. His legacy will live on through those whom he touched - those whom Boeheim inspired to reach new heights every day of their college basketball journey!
Coach Naismith has won more than 1,000 games and earned himself a place of honor in college basketball. Additionally, he was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
On Wednesday afternoon, Syracuse University issued an announcement that Boeheim would be departing and replaced by longtime assistant Adrian Autry. This came following their 77-74 loss to Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament's second round.
At a press conference following their loss, Boeheim seemed ready to retire as Syracuse coach. At 78 years, he has been leading the Orange since 1976 and is one of college basketball's most recognizable figures.
In 2015, Syracuse was hit with NCAA sanctions that resulted in 101 of Boeheim's victories being vacated and him having to repay money the NCAA claimed members of his academic support staff and director of basketball operations Stan Kissel had received for work that violated NCAA regulations. With some of those wins restored, Boeheim now boasts over 1,015 wins during his time at SU.
Boeheim is one of college basketball's all-time great coaches, with a legacy that will endure for decades. Aside from his remarkable record, Boeheim stands out due to his fierce competitiveness and ability to push players beyond their comfort zones. Credited with turning around an underperforming program into an elite one, Boeheim has coached some of college basketball's greatest stars.
After 47 seasons, Jim Boeheim's legendary coaching tenure that transformed Syracuse into a perennial national power has come to an end after 47 seasons. At 78 years, he is the longest tenured college basketball coach and holds one national championship (2003), five Final Fours and 1,015 wins - making him second only to Duke's Mike Krzyzewski with 1,202 victories in Division I history.
He is a Basketball Hall of Famer and was twice named the NCAA Coach of the Year - in 2010 and 2014. At present, his Orange team is ranked eighth in America with an 11-9 record.
Under Boeheim, Syracuse has made 34 trips to the NCAA tournament - including five Final Fours - and won 10 Big East regular-season titles. He served as an assistant coach on three gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic teams and used his celebrity status to raise millions for local charities.
Boeheim was renowned for his passionate defense of his players, which often led to accusations that they were breaking NCAA regulations. He took issue with reporters labeling Magic Johnson the MVP of the Carrier Classic in 1977 over Marty Byrnes and delivered a memorable line when asked by an opposing coach about Gerry McNamara: "We wouldn't have won 10 f-- games without him!"
His teams often played a strong matchup zone that favored lanky players over bulkier ones, and he earned a reputation for passionate defending on both sides of the ball. Under Boeheim's direction, Syracuse won numerous regional and conference titles during his tenure - as well as an NCAA title in 2003.
He was a national icon who brought 47 NBA Draft picks to Upstate New York and cemented Central New York's reputation as an elite basketball destination. Additionally, he served as assistant coach on three gold-medal winning Olympic teams and used his platform to raise millions of dollars for local charities.
The 78-year-old's record has been marred by his actions. After former Syracuse ball boys were accused of sexual abuse, he labeled them liars and fired longtime associate coach Bernie Fine in 2011.
Boeheim never faced criminal charges. His popularity among players and alumni alike, combined with his success on the court, cemented him as a household name throughout Central New York. Indeed, in 2002 the court where the Orange play has been named after him - making him an iconic figure throughout Central New York.
As Syracuse lost 77-74 to Wake Forest in the ACC tournament on Thursday afternoon, Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim announced his retirement. SU had been led by him for 47 seasons and during that span he earned 10 Big East regular-season titles, five Big East Tournament championships, four Final Fours and one national title.
Over his tenure, he has produced 11 NBA draft picks and had 46 players go on to play in the league. Additionally, he led Team Orange to three USA Basketball Olympic gold medals.
Boeheim has plenty to reflect upon as he nears retirement. His Orange have amassed an amazing 1,015 wins over the years, producing an NCAA tournament record almost unmatched in modern college basketball history.
But that doesn't excuse his decisions throughout his career, such as defending assistant coach Bernie Fine against sexual assault allegations and labelling those who made these claims liars. These actions, combined with his stubborness and insecurities, have left him with a public image which contradicts his legacy.
Boeheim will always be remembered as one of the greatest coaches in basketball history, having mentored countless young players to success and cemented Syracuse's legacy as an iconic basketball powerhouse. His unfailing dedication and persistence on tobacco road earned him his place among basketball greats.
His legacy will only become stronger over time, and it will remain in the hearts of fans who have followed him and his teams for nearly six decades. And with his impending retirement, we may be witnessing the beginning of a new chapter for one of college basketball's greatest icons.
As I noted in an August piece about now-retired Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, college basketball coaches tend to reach their end sooner than expected. While it's too soon to say if Boeheim will ever win again, his Orange could still make another incredible Final Four and produce some relevant draft picks which would further cement his legacy and earn him admiration from critics alike - though these odds are against it.
Syracuse has announced that legendary coach Jim Boeheim will not return for a fifth season. This announcement came Wednesday, following Syracuse's loss to Wake Forest in the ACC tournament that left them 17-15 and without an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Boeheim, college basketball's longest-tenured coach, is coming to the end of an era. With five Final Four trips and two runner-up finishes under his belt as well as a national title with Carmelo Anthony at his side, Boeheim ushered the Orange into one of its most successful and beloved periods in school history.
Boeheim has amassed 10 Big East regular-season titles and five conference tournament victories during his career. Additionally, he helped Syracuse navigate their transition into the ACC and has progressed beyond the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament three times since that change.
Boeheim, as a coach, is renowned for his ability to inspire an underdog spirit and dedication to fighting against the tide of changing trends in college basketball. Though he sometimes faced criticism when speaking his mind, Boeheim always remained loyal to both his team and school.
The 78-year-old has long been seen as the face of Syracuse basketball, and its court is named in his honor. He guided Syracuse to five Final Four appearances and led Anthony and point guard Frank McNamara to national glory in 2003.
His legacy is one that will endure, yet the program has struggled to stay relevant. They haven't won a Big East title or made an NCAA tournament appearance in five years and this year's 17-15 record was their second straight without a postseason berth.
Meanwhile, the team's success has been marred by bad coaching decisions and an inability to consistently attract top recruits. Furthermore, it has struggled against Tobacco Road-centric ACC teams, leading its record to drop from a respectable 111-83 in five or so seasons after leaving the Big East.
Thankfully, someone is ready to take over the reins of this program. Associate head coach Adrian Autry has been with the team since 2011 and will serve as its new leader.