Boeheim, Calhoun highlight 2005 Hall of Fame inductees
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Jim Boeheim and Jim Calhoun, two of college
basketball’s premier head coaches, highlighted the class of 2005 inductees
into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In addition, former NBA
head coach Hubie Brown, legendary LSU women’s head coach Sue Gunter and
Brazilian legend Hortencia de Fatima Marcari Oliva were also selected for
induction on Monday.
In order to be elected into the Hall of Fame, a finalist had to receive at
least 18-of-24 votes from the Honors Committee.
Boeheim, who has been the head man at his alma mater of Syracuse for the past
29 seasons, was on the ballot for the first time.
The winningest coach in Big East history, Boeheim reached the 700-win mark
this year with a victory over Providence on February 26. He became the fifth-
fastest coach to accomplish the feat (939 games) and ranks tied for 18th on
the all-time Division I win list.
The 60-year-old Boeheim owns a career mark of 703-241, which includes leading
his team to the 2003 NCAA championship, as well eight Big East regular season
titles and four conference tournament crowns.
“It’s incredible,” remarked Boeheim. “You think about it. You think that there
is nothing beyond winning the national championship, but this is something
that goes beyond that.”
This season, the Orange went 27-7, but were ousted in the first round of the
NCAA Tournament by Vermont
Boeheim, who has also guided the Orange to the NCAA Tournament 24 times,
including three trips to the Final Four, has been named Big East Coach of the
Year three times (1984, 1991, 2000) and has won 20-or-more games in 27
The 62-year-old Calhoun, who was on the ballot for the second straight year,
just completed his 19th campaign at Connecticut and 33rd overall as a
collegiate head coach. He spent 14 seasons at Northeastern prior to arriving
For his career, he has compiled a 703-310 record, including a 455-173 mark at
UConn. Like Boeheim, Calhoun also picked up his 700th win this season when
the Huskies defeated Georgetown on March 2.
UConn went 23-8 in 2004-05 and was eliminated in the second round of the NCAA
Tournament by North Carolina State.
Under Calhoun’s guidance, the Huskies have made 13 appearances in the NCAA
Tournament and has captured two national championships (1999, 2004).
Brown, who was a basketball coach for 33 years, including 13 seasons as an NBA
head coach, resigned earlier this year after only 12 games with the Grizzlies.
Brown, who took over as Memphis’ head coach in 2002, compiled an 83-85 record
with the Grizzlies.
The 71-year-old Brown won the NBA Coach of the Year Award for the second time
in his illustrious career last season after leading Memphis to its first
playoff appearance in the franchise’s 10-year history.
In his NBA coaching career with the Hawks, Knicks and Grizzlies, Brown
compiled an overall record of 424-495.
Gunter retired on April 27, 2004, citing health concerns. She was forced to
take a medical leave of absence during the 2003-04 campaign because of a lung
problem that was worsened by acute bronchitis. Dana “Pokey” Chatman replaced
Gunter, who guided the Lady Tigers to 442 wins over a 22-season span.
During Gunter’s tenure, LSU made four Elite Eight appearances and one Final
Gunter, who was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in June
2000, became the third women’s coach in history to reach 700 career victories
with a win over Arkansas on February 12, 2004.
She also coached at Middle Tennessee State and Stephen F. Austin and ended her
44-year collegiate coaching career with 708 wins.
Gunter was named coach of the 1980 women’s U.S. Olympic basketball team,
only to remain home when the United States boycotted the Moscow Games.
Marcari Oliva guided Brazil to a silver medal in the 1996 Olympic Games.
Other names who were on the ballot but did not receive enough votes included
former NBA stars Joe Dumars and Dominique Wilkins. Also on the list were
previous finalists Bernard King, Maurice Cheeks, Adrian Dantley, Dennis
Johnson and Chet Walker.
In addition, Italian coach Sandro Gamba, John Issacs, former WNBA coach Van
Chancellor and contributor John Kerr from the Veterans Screening Committee
appeared on the ballot.
The enshrinement weekend is scheduled for September 8-10 in Springfield, MA.