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James Arthur "Jim" Boeheim ( ; born November 17, 1944) is the head coach of the men's basketball team at Syracuse Universitymarker. In 33 seasons leading the Orange, Boeheim has guided his team to seven 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 Indianamarker in 1987 and Kentuckymarker in 1996 before defeating Kansasmarker in 2003. With 806 career wins, all at Syracuse, he currently ranks third on the wins list of active NCAA Division I coaches, behind only Mike Krzyzewski of Duke University and Jim Calhoun of the University of Connecticut. But of these three, Boeheim is the only to earn all his wins with the same team.

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. He will continue to serve in the same capacity at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Summer Olympics, also under Krzyzewski.

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. 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.

For his accomplishments, Boeheim was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Famemarker in September 2005.



Boeheim was born in Lyons, New York. He graduated from Lyons Central High School. Boeheim enrolled in Syracuse University as a student in 1963 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social science in 1969 (SU Athletics). 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 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 Universitymarker. A coaching search then led to naught, and, in 1976, Boeheim was promoted to be the head coach of his alma mater, and to this day, Boeheim is one of the rare individuals to spend his entire college basketball career (player, assistant coach, and head coach) at only one school. 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.

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, where the United States won the gold medal.

Boeheim has also 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.

In 2001, during his seventh year as a USA basketball coach, Boeheim helped lead the USA Basketball 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.

In an exhibition game on November 7, 2005 against Division II school Saint Rosemarker from Albany, New Yorkmarker, 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's coaching style 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.


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 has also appeared in the Movie "He Got Game" staring Ray Allen, 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 (SU Athletics). Boeheim is married to Juli, 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 (SU Athletics).


Jim Boeheim's Coaching Career
Season Team Wins Losses Postseason
1976-1977 Syracuse 26 4 Lost in NCAA Sweet 16
1977-1978 Syracuse 22 6 Lost in NCAA 1st Rd
1978-1979 Syracuse 26 4 Lost in NCAA Sweet 16
1979-1980 Syracuse 26 4 Lost in NCAA Sweet 16
1980-1981 Syracuse 22 12 Lost in NIT Final
1981-1982 Syracuse 16 13 Lost in NIT 2nd Rd
1982-1983 Syracuse 21 10 Lost in NCAA 2nd Rd
1983-1984 Syracuse 23 9 Lost in NCAA Sweet 16
1984-1985 Syracuse 22 9 Lost in NCAA 2nd Rd
1985-1986 Syracuse 26 6 Lost in NCAA 2nd Rd
1986-1987 Syracuse 31 7 Lost in NCAA Championship Game
1987-1988 Syracuse 26 9 Lost in NCAA 2nd Rd
1988-1989 Syracuse 30 8 Lost in NCAA Regional Final
1989-1990 Syracuse 26 7 Lost in NCAA Sweet 16
1990-1991 Syracuse 26 6 Lost in NCAA 1st Rd
1991-1992 Syracuse 22 10 Lost in NCAA 2nd Rd
1992-1993 Syracuse 20 9 No Postseason (NCAA Violations)
1993-1994 Syracuse 23 7 Lost in NCAA Sweet 16
1994-1995 Syracuse 20 10 Lost in NCAA 2nd Rd
1995-1996 Syracuse 29 9 Lost in NCAA Championship Game
1996-1997 Syracuse 19 13 Lost in NIT 1st Rd
1997-1998 Syracuse 26 9 Lost in NCAA Sweet 16
1998-1999 Syracuse 21 12 Lost in NCAA 1st Rd
1999-2000 Syracuse 26 6 Lost in NCAA Sweet 16
2000-2001 Syracuse 25 9 Lost in NCAA 2nd Rd
2001-2002 Syracuse 23 13 Lost in NIT Semi-Finals
2002-2003 Syracuse 30 5 National Champions
2003-2004 Syracuse 23 8 Lost in NCAA Sweet 16
2004-2005 Syracuse 27 7 Lost in NCAA 1st Rd
2005-2006 Syracuse 23 12 Lost in NCAA 1st Rd
2006-2007 Syracuse 24 11 Lost in NIT Quarter-Finals
2007-2008 Syracuse 21 14 Lost in NIT Quarter-Finals
2008-2009 Syracuse 28 10 Lost in NCAA Sweet 16
2009-2010 Syracuse 7 0
Overall 806 288 .737
Some of Boeheim’s notable accomplishments current as of March 22, 2009:

  • 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 seven Big East regular season championships
(1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2003)
  • Led Syracuse University to five Big East tournament championships
(1981, 1988, 1992, 2005, 2006)
  • Leads all Big East coaches (past and present) in wins. (291)
  • Ranks sixth among active Division I coaches (min. 10 years) in winning percentage (.740)
  • Won his 800th game as a coach on November 9, 2009 (University at Albany, SUNYmarker)
  • Currently ranks third among active coaches in career wins (800)
  • In 33 seasons at Syracuse, has compiled 31 20-win seasons, good for most all-time on list
  • Became only the 17th coach ever to reach 750 wins (2007)
  • Three-time Big East Coach of the Year (1984, 1991, 2000)
  • 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
  • Joined Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Calhoun as the third active coach with 800 wins, with a victory over Albany on November 9, 2009.
  • Coached the Orange to a spectacular six overtime win against the University of Connecticut Huskies, the longest game in the history of Big East conference play.

In recognition of Boeheim’s numerous accomplishments as SU’s head coach, the University named the Carrier Domemarker court “Jim Boeheim Court” on February 24, 2002.

Notable players coached by Boeheim

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