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Sport(s)  Basketball
1963–1966  Syracuse
Education  Syracuse University
Record  966–333 (.744)
Role  Coach
Conference  ACC
Name  Jim Boeheim
Title  Head coach
Position(s)  Guard

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Born  November 17, 1944(age 71)Lyons, New York (1944 -11-17)
Team  Syracuse Orange men's basketball
Spouse  Juli Boeheim (m. 1997), Elaine Boeheim (m. 1976–1994)
Books  Bleeding Orange: Fifty Years of Blind Referees, Screaming Fans, Beasts of the East, and Syracuse Basketball
Children  James Boeheim, Jack Boeheim, Elizabeth Boeheim, Jamie Boeheim
Similar People  Rakeem Christmas, Mike Krzyzewski, Bernie Fine, C J Fair, Tyler Ennis

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James Arthur Boeheim (; born November 17, 1944) is the head coach of the men's basketball team at Syracuse University. 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.


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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. 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. Boeheim was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2005. The Syracuse athletics scandal resulted in 101 of his wins being vacated by the NCAA in 2015. Boeheim originally announced that he would retire in March 2018. However, following the departure of his long-time assistant coach and expected successor Mike Hopkins, Boeheim extended his contract with Syracuse for an unknown number of additional years beyond 2018.

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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.

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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. 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. While at Syracuse, he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity.

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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).


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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.

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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.

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During a Syracuse vs. Georgetown game, Hoyas star Patrick Ewing was nearly struck by an orange, and at times he had endured racial taunts from the SU student section. Boeheim borrowed a microphone and threatened to forfeit the game if fans continued to throw objects at Ewing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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. 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 season, 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.

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, which included 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.

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


Boeheim had previously stated that he would retire in April 2018. However, in March 2017 he extended his contract to beyond the 2017-18 season.

Head coaching record

* 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.

** Boeheim was suspended for nine games during the 2015–16 season, during which Syracuse went 4–5 overall, and 0–3 in conference. So while the team's record was 23–14 overall, 9–9 in conference, Boeheim is credited with 19–9 overall, 9–6 in conference.

*** Boeheim's official NCAA record accounts for the aforementioned 101 vacated wins and excludes the games played during his nine-game suspension in 2015–2016.


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

  • Led Syracuse University to a national championship (2003)
  • Led Syracuse University to three national championship game appearances
  • (1987, 1996, 2003)
  • Led Syracuse University to five Final Four appearances
  • (1987, 1996, 2003, 2013, 2016)
  • Led Syracuse University to seven Elite Eight appearances
  • (1987, 1989, 1996, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2016)
  • Led Syracuse University to 17 Sweet Sixteen appearances
  • (1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016)
  • Led Syracuse University to 30 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, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016)
  • Led Syracuse University to eight Big East regular season championships
  • (1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2003, 2010)
  • Led Syracuse University to five Big East tournament championships
  • (1981, 1988, 1992, 2005, 2006)
  • Leads all Big East coaches (past and present) in wins (366)
  • Ranks sixth among active Division I coaches (min. 10 years) in winning percentage (.750)
  • In 38 seasons at Syracuse, has compiled 31 20-win seasons, good for most on the all-time list
  • Became only the 14th coach ever to reach 750 wins (2007)
  • Four-time Big East Coach of the Year (1984, 1991, 2000, 2010)
  • 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
  • In recognition of Boeheim's numerous accomplishments as SU's head coach, the University named the Carrier Dome court "Jim Boeheim Court" on February 24, 2002.
  • Basketball Hall of Fame (2005) as a coach
  • Joined Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Calhoun as the third active coach with 800 wins.
  • Coached the Orange to a six overtime win against the UConn Huskies, 127–117, the longest game in the history of Big East Conference play.
  • Named 2010 Naismith Coach of the Year (along with the same honor from the AP, Sporting News and many others) after leading Syracuse to an unexpected 30–5 record.
  • On December 17, 2012, Boeheim became the third coach in NCAA men's basketball history to reach 900 wins, along with Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski. 101 of those wins were vacated in 2015 after an NCAA investigation. On February 7, 2017, Boeheim officially reached this milestone again.
  • Coaching tree

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

  • Scott Hicks: Le Moyne (1992–1997); Albany (1997–2000); Loyola (MD) (2000–2004)
  • Mike Hopkins: Washington (2017-present)
  • Brendan Malone: Rhode Island (1984–1986); Toronto Raptors (1995–1996); Cleveland Cavaliers (2005, interim)
  • Wayne Morgan: Long Beach State (1996–2002); Iowa State (2003–2006)
  • Rob Murphy: Eastern Michigan (2011–present)
  • Tim O'Toole: Fairfield (1998–2006)
  • Louis Orr: Siena (2000–2001); Seton Hall (2001–2006); Bowling Green (2007–2014)
  • Rick Pitino: Boston University (1978–1983); Providence (1985–1987); New York Knicks (1987–1989); Kentucky (1989–1997); Boston Celtics (1997–2001); Louisville (2001–present)
  • Tim Welsh: Iona (1995–1998); Providence (1998–2008)
  • Additionally, all three assistants on Boeheim's 2016–17 coaching staff played at Syracuse under Boeheim: Adrian Autry, Gerry McNamara, and Allen Griffin.

    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, through which he has helped raise more than US$4.5 million for ACS's Central New York chapter since 2000. 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.

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


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