Who is Jim Boeheim?
Jim Boeheim (born James Arthur Boeheim Jr.) is a former American college basketball coach. He was the head coach of the Syracuse Orange men’s team of the Atlantic Coach Conference (ACC) from 1976 until 2023. He has guided the Orange to ten Big East Conference regular season championships, five Big East tournament championships, and 34 NCAA tournament appearances. Including five Final Four appearances and three appearances in the national title game.
In those games, the Orangemen 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. 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, he served as an assistant coach for the United States men’s national basketball team.
In addition, he 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), he currently serves on the board of directors. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2005. In 2015, due to the Syracuse athletics scandal, the NCAA vacated 101 of his wins. In 2015, he announced that he would retire in March 2018. However, following the departure of Mike Hopkins (his long-time assistant coach and expected successor), Jim extended his contract with Syracuse beyond 2017 for an unknown period.
During the 2021-2022 season, he would coach both his sons, Jimmy and Buddy Boeheim. Jim went on and became the winningest active coach in Division 1 basketball on April 2, 2022, after the retirement of Mike Krzyzewski. After suffering from cancer in 2001. He and his wife went on and founded the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation which is devoted to child welfare, cancer treatment, and prevention.
How Old Is Jim Boeheim?
He is 78 years old as of March 2023, having been born on November 17, 1944, in Lyons, New York, U.S. Jim Boeheim shares his birthdate with celebrities such as; Logan Thirtyacre, Eli Unique, FGTeeV Shawn, Danny DeVito, RuPaul, and many more.
Jim Boeheim Family
Who are Jim Boeheim’s Parents?
He was born to Jim Boeheim Sr. (Father) and Janet Boeheim (Mother).
Does Jim Boeheim have Siblings?
He has a sister by the name of Barbara Boeheim.
Jim Boeheim Education
He received his high school education at Lyons Central High School where he graduated. After graduating from high school, he attended Syracuse University. Where he enrolled in 1962 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social science.
Jim Boeheim Marital Status
He is married to the love of his life Juli Boeheim. They married in 1997. However, he was previously married to Elaine Boeheim, they married from 1976 to 1994.
Jim Boeheim Kids
He has four kids. One kid with his ex-wife Elaine, a daughter by the name of Elizabeth Boeheim. And three kids with his wife Juli. A son by the name of Jimmy Boeheim (born in 1998). And twins Buddy Boeheim (born in 1999, an American professional basketball player) and Jamie Boeheim.
Jim Boeheim Career
A Playing Career
During his freshman year at Syracuse University, he was a walk-on with the freshman basketball team. By his senior year, he was the varsity team captain and a teammate of All-American Dave Bing, his freshman roommate. The pair went on and led coach Fred Lewis’s Orangemen to a 22-6 overall win-loss record that earned the team’s second-ever NCAA tournament berth. While in University, he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity. After graduating from Syracuse, he went on and played professionally with the Scranton Miners of Eastern Professional Basketball. During which he won two championships and was a second-team all-star (SU Athletics).
A Coaching Career
He decided to coach basketball in 1969 and was hired as a graduate assistant at Syracuse under Roy Danforth. Soon after that he was promoted to a full-time assistant coach and was a member of the coaching staff that helped guide the Orangemen to the 1975 NCAA tournament where Syracuse made its first Final Four appearance. In 1976, Danforth left to become the head basketball coach and athletic director at Tulane University. Thus a coaching staff then led to naught and Jim was promoted to become Syracuse’s seventh head coach.
In 1986, he was offered the head coaching job at Ohio State but turned it down to stay at Syracuse. Hoyas star Patrick Ewing was nearly struck by an orange during a Syracuse-Georgetown game in the early 1980s. And at times, Ewing had endured racial taunts from the SU student section. Therefore Jim borrowed a microphone and threatened to forfeit the game if fans continued to throw objects at Ewing. In his 41 years as head coach at Syracuse, he guided the team to postseason berths, either in the NCAA or NIT tournaments, in every year in which the Orange have been eligible.
The only times Syracuse missed the postseason were in 1993 when the NCAA sanction barred them from postseason play despite a 20-9 record. And in 2015 when Syracuse University self-imposed a one-year postseason ban related to the 2015 NCAA sanctions against the University’s sports program. He had his first losing season in 2022 and missed the postseason. During his time, the Orange have appeared in three NCAA national championship games (1987, 1996, and 2003) and won the national title in 2003. Four times he has been named Big East coach of the year and District II Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches ten times.
In 2004, he received two additional awards. He was then presented with SyracuseUniversity’s rents Award, the university’s highest alumni honor during the fall of 2004. For the first time in his career, he was ejected in an exhibition game on November 7, 2005. Against Division II school Saint Rose from Albany, New York. This was after arguing a call late in the first half in the Orange’s 86-73 victory. Also, he was ejected from Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 22, 2014, against Duke after arguing a player control foul call. Moreover, he has been a coach for USA national teams.
During his seventh year as a USA basketball coach in 2001, he helped led 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. And as 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. For the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, he returned as an assistant coach under Mike. 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, he led Syracuse to its first Final appearance since the 2003 NCAA National Championship.
The following season, he led the Orange to the NCAA Tournament and lost in the third-round game to the Dayton Flyers. On January 14, 2019, Syracuse upset Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Making it the first time that the Blue Devils had lost to an unranked team at home. Once again in the 2020-21 season, SU upset its way to the Sweet 16 beating 3-speeded Wesr Virginia before losing to eventual Final Four participant Houston. The Syracuse basketball program has been investigated for major NCAA violations on two occasions during Jim’s tenure.
Previously, he had stated that he would retire in April 2018. However, when his son Buddy committed to play at Syracuse in 2017 starting in 2018, he extended his contract to beyond the 2017-18 season. Following the 2022-23 season, he was replaced by former Syracuse point guard and assistant coach Adrian Autry.
Jim Boeheim Height and Measurements
Adding up to his well-built body is a height of 6ft 3 inches (1.91m) and a weight of 91kg (200 lbs).
Jim Boeheim’s Salary and Net Worth
He has an annual salary of $2.5 million and a net worth of $20 million.