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Who is James Arthur Boeheim?

Who is James Arthur Boeheim? The college basketball world knows him as Jim Boeheim, Boeheim is the head coach of the men's basketball team at Syracuse University.[1][2][3] 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 and Kentucky in 1996 before defeating Kansas in 2003.
Boeheim is currently second on the wins list of Men's NCAA Division I coaches. Only Mike Krzyzewski of Duke University has more wins, with a career record of 948 wins, achieved at two different schools, Army (73) and Duke (869). Boeheim earned his 880th win on February 8, 2012, surpassing Dean Smith's 879 wins at North Carolina, for the most career wins as head coach at a single school. With a win over Rutgers on January 2, 2013, Boeheim passed Bobby Knight for second on the all-time wins list, with 903 career victories.
Boeheim has 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.[4][5][6][7][8] 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.[9][10][11] For his accomplishments, Boeheim was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2005.[12]
Off the court, he battled prostate cancer in 2001, and has subsequently become 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 $4.5 million for ACS's Central New York chapter since 2000.[13][14][15] 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.[16]



Boeheim was born in Lyons, New York on November 17, 1944. 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 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.
team. By his senior year he was the team captain and a teammate of All-American


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 1975.
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 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.[17]
In 34 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 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][18]
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, and again at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, where the United States won the gold medal both times.

Records and accomplishments

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Syracuse (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 (Big East Conference) (1979–present)
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 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
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 Quarterfinals
2007–08 Syracuse 21–14 9–9 T–8th NIT Quarterfinals
2008–09 Syracuse 28–10 11–7 6th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2009–10 Syracuse 30–5 15–3 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2010–11 Syracuse 27–8 12–6 T–3rd NCAA Round of 32
2011–12 Syracuse 34–3 17–1 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2012–13 Syracuse 30-9 11-7 5th NCAA Final Four
Syracuse: 920–313 (.746) 362–191 (.655)
Total: 920–313 (.746)
      National champion         Conference regular season champion         Conference tournament champion
      Conference regular season and conference tournament champion       Conference division champion


Some of Boeheim's notable accomplishments current as of March 23, 2013:
  • 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 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 17 Sweet Sixteen appearances
(1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
  • Led Syracuse University to 30 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, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Led Syracuse University to nine Big East regular season championships
(1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2003, 2010, 2012)
  • Led Syracuse University to five Big East tournament championships
(1981, 1988, 1992, 2005, 2006)
  • Currently ranks second among active coaches in career wins (916)[19]
  • Currently ranks second all-time in Division I wins with 916.[20]
  • Leads all Big East coaches (past and present) in wins. (366)
  • Ranks sixth among active Division I coaches (min. 10 years) in winning percentage (.746)[19]
  • In 36 seasons at Syracuse, has compiled 34 20-win seasons, good for most on the all-time list[19]
  • Became only the 14th coach ever to reach 750 wins (2007)[19]
  • 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.[21][22]
  • Basketball Hall of Fame (2005) as a coach[23]
  • Joined Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Calhoun as the third active coach with 800 wins.[24]
  • 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.[25]
  • 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.[26]

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 appeared in the movie Blue Chips, with Nick Nolte and Shaquille O'Neal, 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 states that he has no interest in pursuing any other career after he retires from coaching basketball otherLittle 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 and his wife, Juli,[1] have three children: James, and twins Jack and Jamie. He also has a daughter, Elizabeth, from a previous marriage.[1]
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