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Bernie Fine

Enshrined 2011

For over 40 years, Bernie Fine was synonymous with Syracuse and basketball, beginning with his high school coaching days in the 1970s. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Bernie found his way to Syracuse University, where he graduated in 1967. He stayed in the area, coaching basketball and football at Lincoln Junior High before moving to Henninger High where he was the JV basketball coach before becoming the head coach. In 1976 he joined the SU staff where he was the Associate Head Coach until 2012. His 35 years as a Division I assistant coach was the longest streak in college at the time. Throughout the years as Jim Boeheim’s assistant, Bernie tutored the SU big men, including Roosevelt Bouie, Danny Schayes, Rony Seikaly, Etan Thomas, John Wallace, Arinze Onuaku and Rick Jackson—quite a list of ever present shot-blockers, scorers and NBA stalwarts. Bernie was also an active member of the Syracuse community, serving as president of the Central New York Kidney Foundation. In 2003, Fine was honored at the Temple Adath Yeshurun Citizen of the Year dinner. He and his wife, Laurie, have a son David, and daughters Sheila and Sara.

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