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Correction: This text first and important misstated Olson’s standing amongst coaches in NCAA Tournament wins.

Lute Olson, the silver-haired college basketball coaching icon who led the College of Arizona to the 1997 nationwide championship, died Thursday on the age of 85. 

Olson coached for 34 seasons on the Division I degree at Lengthy Seashore Say, Iowa and Arizona from 1973 except his retirement in 2008. He used to be one in all the most a hit coaches in college basketball historical past, compiling an overall document of 776 wins and 285 losses (.731).

He led his workers to 28 NCAA Males’s Tournament appearances as a coach and is tied for ninth all-time in NCAA tourney wins (46). Olson will almost certainly be one in all 13 coaches to handbook a workers to 5 or extra Final Four appearances. 

The son of family farmers, Olson used to be born in Mayville, North Dakota, where he first developed a treasure for basketball. As a senior in high college, he led Substantial Forks Central to the North Dakota express championship.

Olson bought his originate in college coaching at Lengthy Seashore Metropolis College, transferring to Division I when he took over for Jerry Tarkanian at Lengthy Seashore Say for one season.

He moved to Iowa in 1974, where he built the Hawkeyes genuine into a nationwide energy — a hit a fraction of the Colossal Ten title in 1979 (with Purdue and eventual nationwide champion Michigan Say) and reaching the Final Four in 1980. After leading Iowa to a fifth consecutive NCAA tourney, Olson left to purchase over the job at Arizona — then a doormat within the Pac-10 convention.

ARIZONA WILDCATS: Lute Olson and Invoice Frieder formed an unlikely, and lasting, friendship

— Arizona Basketball (@APlayersProgram) August 28, 2020

Then again, Olson rapid change into the program spherical in Tucson. In his 2nd season, he led the Wildcats to their first a hit season in six years and what incessantly is the major of 23 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

In the 1985-86 season, Arizona received its first Pac-10 title below Olson and a twelve months later the Wildcats spent grand of the long-established season ranked No. 1 within the nation. 

Over 25 seasons at Arizona, Olson’s teams received 11 Pac-10 long-established season titles and four convention match crowns. The crowning success in his coaching profession got here in 1997, when he took the fourth-seeded Wildcats your total approach to an NCAA Tournament title — defeating three No. 1 seeds along the formula. 

He retired in 2008 with extra Pac-10 wins (327) than any diversified coach in convention historical past.

Olson used to be named to the Basketball Corridor of Standing in 2002 and the Nationwide Collegiate Basketball Corridor of Standing in 2006.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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