Jim Boeheim has devoted his entire career to Syracuse University basketball. A 1966 SU graduate, Boeheim was a freshman walk-on with the men’s basketball team. But by his senior year, he was the team captain and a teammate of All-America Dave Bing.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social science, Boeheim played professional basketball with Scranton of the Eastern League. In 1969, he was hired as a graduate assistant at SU by head coach Roy Danforth then was soon promoted to full-time assistant coach and was a part of the program’s first Final Four appearance in 1975. A year later he was appointed head coach at his alma mater.
In his four decades of coaching, Boeheim has produced only winning records and more than 1,000 wins. SU has earned postseason berths (NCAA or NIT) in all but one of Boeheim’s seasons and have appeared in three NCAA championship games (1987, 1996 and 2003). Boeheim guided the Orange to the 2003 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
In 2005, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Also that year, Boeheim was named as one of USA Basketball's assistant coaches for 2006-2008. His stint included the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, where the USA won the gold medal.
In 2010, Boeheim chalked up his 32st 20-win season. He has more 20-win seasons than any other coach in NCAA Division I history. He is also eighth for Division I NCAA Tournament wins. He is the all-time leader in coaching victories in the Big East Conference and has won five Big East Championships.
A four-time Big East Coach of the Year, Boeheim has been honored as District II Coach of the Year 10 times by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Boeheim is the only active coach with 1,000 games at the same school.
A champion of many charitable causes, Boeheim has been most active with “Coaches vs. Cancer,” a national fundraising organization, but has also generously lent his time to an endless list of charities.
1976: Becomes SU head coach
2001: USA Basketball National Coach of the Year
2002: SU names Carrier Dome court named in honor of Boeheim
2003: Wins NCAA National Championship
2004: Awarded the Claire Bee Award in recognition of his contributions to the sport of basketball. Presented with Syracuse University’s Arents Award, the University’s highest alumni honor.
2004-05: Earned the 700th victory of his SU tenure and became the 18th coach in Division I history to reach the milestone.
2006-07: 1,000th game as the head coach at Syracuse University. He is just the fifth active coach to reach the 1,000-game plateau, joining Texas Tech's Bob Knight, Arizona's Lute Olson, Connecticut's Jim Calhoun and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.
2010 Received the Henry Iba, Naismith and AP Coach of the Year award.