Syracuse: Retirement for the coach of the last 47 seasons
After 47 years at the helm of Syracuse University's basketball program, Jim Boeheim is stepping down. The Orange coach for what seems like forever is one of the most prolific in NCAA history.
Syracuse have moved on very quickly on the Jim Boeheim chapter, announcing in a statement Wednesday that associate coach Adrian Autry would take over next season. The New York State facility was ruled out the day before the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
“I have no doubt that without Jim Boeheim, the Syracuse basketball team will not wouldn't be the powerful program it is today. Jim has invested and dedicated the majority of his life to the development of this program, teaching generations of student-athletes and representing his alma mater with pride and distinction,” said Chancellor Kent Syverud.
The 78-year-old maintained a 1,015-441 record during his 47 years at Syracuse. A hundred victories were taken away from him due to scandals related to the illegal remuneration of student-athletes. He is the second most successful manager in Division 1 history, behind Mike Krzyzewski. The Hall of Famer won a championship in 2003.
Boeheim was involved with Syracuse for some 60 years, making his playing debut in 1962. He became an assistant coach in 1969, then responsible for the program in 1976.