Jim Boeheim Tribute

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Alex McCarty

I. Introduction

a. There is only one coach in NCAA history who has more than 880 wins with a single school, and that is Jim Boeheim with Syracuse University

b. Jim Boeheim was born in Lyons, New York on November 17th 1944. As a kid, he was always known as skinny and un-athletic. But with determination, Boeheim took on basketball and played for the Lyons high school varsity team.

c. As a senior Boeheim lead his team to the Section V Class AA championship where they lost to East Rochester 58-57 in double overtime, leaving a devastating end to Boeheim’s high school career.

d. In the Fall of 1962 Boeheim enrolled at Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in social science, and also made the basketball team as a walk on. By his senior year he became the team captain and with the help of the All-American Dave Bing, lead Syracuse to a 22-6 overall record, earning Syracuse’s second ever NCAA tournament berth.

e. After graduating in 1966 Boeheim attempted to go pro and became the Chicago Bulls’ final cut. Boeheim then took his talents to the Eastern Professional Basketball League and briefly played for the Scranton Miners, where he won two championships.

II. Body

a. Jim Boeheim may not have had the most remarkable career as a basketball player, however majority of his achievements come from being a coach.

b. Jim Boeheim began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Syracuse under Roy Danforth. In 1972 Jim Boeheim was assigned as a full-time assistant coach at Syracuse and helped guide the team to its first Final Four appearance in 1975.

c. After the 1975 season Roy Danforth left Syracuse to coach at Tulane University. Syracuse turned to Boeheim and promoted him to head coach, though he wasn’t Syracuse’s first choice, it’s hard to imagine a better choice. Jim Boeheim spent his entire adult…...

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