Jim Boeheim

Jim Boeheim

Boeheim in 2014
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Syracuse
Conference ACC
Record 888–347 (.719)
Biographical details
Born (1944-11-17) November 17, 1944
Lyons, New York
Playing career
1963–1966 Syracuse
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1969–1976 Syracuse (asst.)
1990 United States (asst.)
1976–present Syracuse
2006–present United States (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 888–347 (.719)
Tournaments 47–28 (NCAA)
Accomplishments and honors
NCAA Division I championship (2003)
NCAA Regional championships – Final Four (1987, 1996, 2003, 2013, 2016)
Big East Tournament championships (1981, 1988, 1992, 2005, 2006)
Big East regular season championships (1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2003, 2010)
Naismith College Coach of the Year (2010)
AP Coach of the Year (2010)
NABC Coach of the Year (2010)
Henry Iba Award (2010)
The Sporting News National Coach of the Year (2010)
Clair Bee Coach of the Year (2000)
Big East Coach of the Year (1984, 1991, 2000, 2010)
John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award (2006)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2005
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

James Arthur "Jim" Boeheim (/ˈbhm/; born November 17, 1944) is the head coach of the men's basketball team at Syracuse University.[1][2][3] Boeheim has guided the Orange to nine Big East regular season championships, five Big East Tournament championships, and 28 NCAA Tournament appearances, including three appearances in the national title game. In those games, the Orange lost to Indiana in 1987 on a last-second jump shot by Keith Smart, and to Kentucky in 1996, before defeating Kansas in 2003 with All-American Carmelo Anthony.

Boeheim served as an assistant coach for the United States men's national basketball team at the 1990 FIBA World Championship, the 2006 FIBA World Championship, the 2008 Summer Olympics, the 2010 FIBA World Championship, the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the 2016 Summer Olympics.[4][5][6][7][8] In addition, Boeheim has served as the chairman of the USA Basketball 2009–12 Men's Junior National Committee, as well as the 2007–08 President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), where he currently serves on the board of directors.[9][10][11] Boeheim was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2005.[12] The Syracuse athletics scandal resulted in 101 of his wins being vacated by the NCAA in 2015.[13] Boeheim has announced that he will retire in March 2018.[14]

After suffering from cancer in 2001, Boeheim and his wife founded the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation devoted to child welfare, cancer treatment, and prevention.[15]



Boeheim was born in Lyons, New York. He graduated from Lyons Central High School. Boeheim enrolled in Syracuse University as a student in 1962 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in social science.[1] During his freshman year, Boeheim was a walk-on with the freshman 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 coach Fred Lewis's 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[2] and was a second-team all-star (SU Athletics). While at Syracuse, he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity.


In 1969, Boeheim decided to coach basketball and was hired as a graduate assistant at Syracuse under Roy Danforth. 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 the 1975 NCAA Tournament.

In 1976, Danforth left to become head basketball coach and athletic director at Tulane University. A coaching search then led to naught, and Boeheim was promoted to be the head coach of his alma mater. Apart from his brief stint in the pros, Boeheim has spent his entire adult life at Syracuse as a student, player, assistant coach or head coach, a rarity in modern-day major collegiate athletics. In 1986 Boeheim was offered the head coaching job at Ohio State, but turned it down to stay at Syracuse.[16]

During a Syracuse vs. Georgetown game, Hoyas star Patrick Ewing was nearly struck by an orange, and he had often endured racist chants from white college students. Boeheim borrowed a microphone and threatened to forfeit the game if fans continued to throw objects at Ewing.[17]

In 39 years as head coach at Syracuse, Boeheim has guided the Orange to postseason berths, either in the NCAA or NIT tournaments, in every year in which the Orange have been eligible. The only times the Orange missed the postseason was in 1993, when NCAA sanctions barred them from postseason play despite a 20–9 record and in 2015 when Boeheim failed to meet compliance with NCAA rules within his program for a decade. During his tenure, the Orange have never had a losing season, have appeared in three NCAA national championship games (1987, 1996, and 2003) and have won the national title in 2003.

Boeheim has been named Big East coach of the year four times, and has been named as District II Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches ten times. In 2004, Boeheim received two additional awards. The first was during the spring when he was awarded the Clair 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.

Boeheim's coaching style at Syracuse is unusual in that, whereas many highly-successful coaches prefer the man-to-man defense, he demonstrates an overwhelming preference for the 2–3 zone defense.[2][18]

In an exhibition game on November 7, 2005 against Division II school Saint Rose from Albany, New York, 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. He was also ejected from Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 22, 2014 against Duke after arguing a player control foul call on C.J Fair by referee Tony Greene.

Boeheim, Monty Williams, and Tom Thibodeau served as assistant coaches for the 2014 United States FIBA World Cup team.

Boeheim has also been a coach for the USA national team. In 2001, during his seventh year as a USA basketball coach, Boeheim helped lead the 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. 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.[4][5] He returned as an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, and again at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, where the United States won the gold medal both times.

In the 2012–13 season Boeheim led Syracuse to their first Final Four appearance since their 2003 NCAA National Championship. The Orange lost to the University of Michigan 61–56.

In the 2013–2014, led the Orange to the NCAA Tournament and lost in the third-round game versus the Dayton Flyers.

The Syracuse basketball program has been investigated for major NCAA violations on two separate occasions during Boeheim's tenure.[19][20]

NCAA violations and punishment

On March 6, 2015, the NCAA suspended Boeheim for the first nine games of the 2015–16 season and took away 12 scholarships over a four-year period, as a result of a multi-year investigation into the university's athletic programs. The program was forced to vacate a total of 101 wins from the 2004–2005, 2005–2006, 2006–2007, 2010–2011, and 2011–2012 seasons. Any game during those years where one or more of the players deemed to have been ineligible played. This constitutes the second-most wins ever permanently vacated by one program, behind the 113 wins vacated by Michigan.[21]

Upon two separate appeals, Boeheim's nine-game suspension was upheld as was the permanent vacating and erasure of 101 wins.[22][23] However, the number of scholarships lost by Syracuse was reduced to 8 over a four-year period, down from 12 over the same period.[22]


Boeheim will retire in April 2018.[14]

Records and accomplishments

Boeheim with his team at the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Syracuse Orangemen (NCAA Division I independent) (1976–1979)
1976–77 Syracuse 26–4 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1977–78 Syracuse 22–6 NCAA First Round
1978–79 Syracuse 26–4 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Syracuse Orangemen/Orange (Big East Conference) (1979–2013)
1979–80 Syracuse 26–4 5–1 T–1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1980–81 Syracuse 22–12 6–8 6th NIT Runner-up
1981–82 Syracuse 16–13 7–7 T–5th NIT Second Round
1982–83 Syracuse 21–10 9–7 5th NCAA Second Round
1983–84 Syracuse 23–9 12–4 T–2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1984–85 Syracuse 22–9 9–7 T–3rd NCAA Second Round
1985–86 Syracuse 26–6 14–2 T–1st NCAA Second Round
1986–87 Syracuse 31–7 12–4 T–1st NCAA Runner-up
1987–88 Syracuse 26–9 11–5 2nd NCAA Second Round
1988–89 Syracuse 30–8 10–6 3rd NCAA Elite Eight
1989–90 Syracuse 26–7 12–4 T–1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1990–91 Syracuse 26–6 12–4 1st NCAA First Round
1991–92 Syracuse 22–10 10–8 T–5th NCAA Second Round
1992–93 Syracuse 20–9 10–8 3rd Ineligible
1993–94 Syracuse 23–7 13–5 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1994–95 Syracuse 20–10 12–6 3rd NCAA Second Round
1995–96 Syracuse 29–9 12–6 2nd (BE 7) NCAA Runner-up
1996–97 Syracuse 19–13 9–9 T–4th (BE 7) NIT First Round
1997–98 Syracuse 26–9 12–6 1st (BE 7) NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1998–99 Syracuse 21–12 10–8 T–4th NCAA First Round
1999–00 Syracuse 26–6 13–3 T–1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2000–01 Syracuse 25–9 10–6 T–2nd (West) NCAA Second Round
2001–02 Syracuse 23–13 9–7 T–3rd (West) NIT Semifinals
2002–03 Syracuse 30–5 13–3 T–1st (West) NCAA Champions
2003–04 Syracuse 23–8 11–5 T–3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2004–05 Syracuse 12–7* * * NCAA First Round*
2005–06 Syracuse 0–12* * * NCAA First Round*
2006–07 Syracuse 2–11* * * NIT Quarterfinals*
2007–08 Syracuse 21–14 9–9 T–8th NIT Quarterfinals
2008–09 Syracuse 28–10 11–7 6th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2009–10 Syracuse 30–5 15–3 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2010–11 Syracuse 20–8* * * NCAA Round of 32*
2011–12 Syracuse 0–3* * * NCAA Elite Eight*
2012–13 Syracuse 30–10 11–7 5th NCAA Final Four
Syracuse Orange (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Syracuse 28–6 14–4 2nd NCAA Round of 32
2014–15 Syracuse 18–13 9–9 8th Ineligible
2015–16 Syracuse 23–14 9–9 T–9th NCAA Final Four
2016–17 Syracuse 2–0 0–0
Syracuse: 888–347 (.719)** 341–212 (.617)
Total: 888–347 (.719)**

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

* The NCAA vacated 15 wins from the 2004-05 season, 23 wins from the 2005-06 season, 22 wins from the 2006-07 season, 7 wins from the 2010-11 season, and 34 wins from the 2011-12 season as a result of the Syracuse athletics scandal.[24]

** Boeheim's official NCAA record is 888-347 (.719), accounting for the aforementioned 101 vacated wins.


Boeheim's notable accomplishments during his long and illustrious career:

(1987, 1996, 2003)
(1987, 1996, 2003, 2013, 2016)
(1987, 1989, 1996, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2016)
(1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016)
(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, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016)
(1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2003, 2010)
(1981, 1988, 1992, 2005, 2006)

Coaching tree

These former assistant coaches or players of Boeheim later became head coaches at the collegiate level or higher.

Additionally, all three assistants Boeheim's 2015–16 coaching staff played at Syracuse under Boeheim: Adrian Autry, Mike Hopkins, and Gerry McNamara.

Personal life

Boeheim appeared in the movie Blue Chips, with Nick Nolte and Shaquille O'Neal, playing himself. Boeheim also appeared in the Spike Lee movie He Got Game, again 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 said that he had no interest in pursuing any other career other than coaching Little League after he retires from coaching basketball.

Boeheim had prostate cancer in 2001, and subsequently became a major fund-raiser for Coaches vs. Cancer, a non-profit collaboration between the NABC and the American Cancer Society,[1] through which he has helped raise more than US$4.5 million for ACS's Central New York chapter since 2000.[32][33][34] In 2009, Boeheim and his wife, Juli, founded the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, to expand their charitable mission to organizations around Central New York concerned with child welfare, as well as cancer treatment and prevention.[35]

Boeheim and his wife, Juli,[1] have three children together: Jimmy and twins, Buddy and Jamie; he has a daughter, Elizabeth, with former wife Elaine.[1]

See also


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