Jim Boeheim was born on November 17, 1944 and is most well-known for being the head men’s basketball coach at Syracuse University (SU) in Syracuse, New York. Boeheim is very much associated with the upstate New York college as it is both where he played basketball as an undergraduate student athlete and where he has spent his entire coaching career which spans the course of several decades.
Upon graduating from Lyons Central High School in Lyons, New York (population 5,831) in the central west part of the state a teenage Jim Boeheim started college at Syracuse University in the fall of 1962. Before eventually receiving a degree in social sciences in 1966 the ambitious young man with a love for the game of hoops walked onto the Division-I basketball team as a freshmen. In addition to finding time to join the Delta Upsilon fraternity as a college student Jim expanded his role on the basketball squad from an measly walk on freshmen to a full blown captain of the roster by his senior season.
After a short stint playing professional basketball in the American Basketball League (ABA) Boeheim decided to make his passion his chosen career path by getting into coaching. Jim went back to Syracuse in 1969 where he was employed as a graduate assistant coach before soon thereafter being promoted to a full-time member of the coaching staff for the Syracuse Orange.
Roy Danforth was the head basketball coach at Syracuse during the time that Boeheim began coaching there. Danforth only joined the team in 1968 so he did not actually coach Boeheim while Jim played there from 1962-1966 but he did serve as the lone coach presiding over Boeheim during the six years that the former team captain from Lyons, New York served as an assistant coach in Syracuse. After the 1975 season Coach Danforth was hired by Tulane University to serve as the athletic director at the New Orleans, Louisiana based institution of higher learning.
The departure of Roy Danforth opened a window of opportunity for Jim Boeheim to step in and replace his predecessor as the head basketball coach at Syracuse University. Since taking over for Coach Danforth in 1976 Boeheim has been the head coach for the Syracuse Orange every season for more than the past 30 years. During his tenure as a respected head basketball coach in Syracuse Jim has amassed a cumulative total of 829 wins while maintaining an impressive 739 winning percentage. Arguably the most noteworthy moment occurred in 2003 when Jim led the university to the only basketball national championship in school history.
Jeff, the author of this article, believes that if Jim ever retires he’ll likely find a comfortable golf course to spend some quality time on. Jim expects the lifelong Syracuse Orange fan to have one Syracuse University golf bag [http://www.universitygolfbag.com] in the clubhouse locker room and a second Syracuse golf bag [http://www.universitygolfbag.com/2010/01/syracuse-university-golf-bag.html] always loaded up in a travel case for wherever his world travels take him during retirement.