ST. LOUIS (USBWA) Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, the
winningest coach in Big East Conference history and the second winningest
active coach in Division I basketball, is this years recipient
of the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award, presented annually
to the National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers
The USBWA District II Coach of the Year now has 829 career wins
371 of them in Big East Conference play and has led the Orange
into the NCAA Regionals for a 16th time in his career. Overall under
Boeheim, Syracuse has played in 27 NCAA Tournaments and three times
the Orange have played for the national championship, winning the
In a season in which Boeheim won his 800th career game, Syracuse
captured its first outright Big East regular-season title since
1991 and was ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll on March
1. This season, the coach registered his record 32nd 20-win season
and the Orange are 30-4 entering their West Regional Semifinal game
vs. Butler. A win will tie Boeheim with Jim Phelan of Mt. St. Mary's
as the fifth all-time winningest coach in Division I basketball.
Yet, with all those accolades, this marks the first time the
legendary Syracuse coach has been named National Coach of the Year
by the USBWA. Boeheim also becomes the first Big East coach to earn
the honor since Pittsburgh's Ben Howland in 2002.
Now in his 34th season as the head coach at his alma mater, the
Lyons, N.Y., native started his coaching career as a graduate assistant
at Syracuse in 1969, before being promoted to assistant coach and
then head coach in 1976. A former walk-on player at Syracuse, Boeheim
was co-captain of the team with Dave Bing as a senior. He was
inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005
and Syracuse named the court at the Carrier Dome "Jim Boeheim Court"
Through the newly-formed Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, Boeheim
is also active with numerous charitable causes. His annual "Basket
Ball" gala has raised more than $3 million and he is among the most
active coaches in the "Coaches vs. Cancer" campaign.
Boeheim will receive the Henry Iba Award at the USBWA's College
Basketball Awards Breakfast held in conjunction with the NCAA Final
Four in Indianapolis on Friday, April 2, at The Columbia Club at
8 a.m. For tickets to the breakfast, visit the usbwa website, usbwa.com.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college
basketball. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs,
contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-421-0339.
Henry Iba Coach of the Year