900 Wins: A Visual

After a nail-biting win over Detroit at the Carrier Dome in Upstate New York, the Syracuse Orange moved to 10-0 on the season. It looked to be a blowout for the first 35 minutes, but the Orange got complacent and allowed the Titans to battle back. The big thing, though, is that the got the win. But even more importantly they brought Head Coach Jim Boeheim’s record to 900-304, making him the third coach in NCAA Division I history to reach the 900-win plateau. Boeheim joins Mike Krzyzewski (927 wins and counting) and Bob Knight (902) in the prestigious club.

If you go back to Boeheim’s first year at Syracuse as a student athlete, and factor in his time as an assistant coach, it brings his true all-time win total up over 1,100.

Year Wins Losses Pct.
2012-2013 10 0 1.000
2011-2012 34 3 0.919
2010-2011 27 8 .0771
2009-2010 30 5 0.857
2008-2009 28 10 0.737
2007-2008 21 14 0.6
2006-2007 24 11 0.686
2005-2006 23 12 0.657
2004-2005 27 7 0.794
2003-2004 23 8 0.742
2002-2003 30 5 0.857
2001-2002 23 13 0.639
2000-2001 25 9 0.735
1999-2000 26 6 0.812
1998-1999 21 12 0.636
1997-1998 26 9 0.743
1996-1997 19 13 0.594
1995-1996 29 9 0.763
1994-1995 20 10 0.667
1993-1994 23 7 0.767
1992-1993 20 9 0.69
1991-1992 22 10 0.688
1990-1991 26 6 0.812
1989-1990 26 7 0.788
1988-1989 30 8 0.789
1987-1988 26 9 0.743
1986-1987 31 7 0.816
1985-1986 26 6 0.812
1984-1985 22 9 0.71
1983-1984 23 9 0.719
1982-1983 21 10 0.677
1981-1982 16 13 0.552
1980-1981 22 12 0.647
1979-1980 26 4 0.867
1978-1979 26 4 0.867
1977-1978 22 6 0.786
1976-1987 26 4 0.867

The most impressive part of it all is that every single one of those wins has come in one place: Syracuse University. Not even Mike Krzyzewski can make that claim–he played for Army, assisted at Indiana, then took the head coaching job at his alma mater before heading to Duke in 1980.

Boeheim stepped foot on Syracuse’s campus in 1962 and hasn’t left since (except for those couple years playing for the Scranton Miners of the ABL during which he won two national championships). He began his coaching career with Syracuse in 1969 as a graduate assistant and quickly moved up the ranks as an assistant head coach, and he was eventually handed the reigns in 1976.

In the 36.5 seasons since, Boeheim has accomplished some impressive things (h/t to ESPN for doing the work): His 37 seasons with his alma mater are the most of any Division I coach with a single school (Dave Bike is next with 35); his 34 career 20-win seasons are the most in D-I history (Dean Smith is next with 30);  he’s one of 11 coaches to win the men’s basketball championship with his alma mater; his 402 Big East wins including 47 Big East tournament wins–which will be added to this season–are the most all time, and should remain that way considering the conference’s inevitable collapse; and his 29 NCAA tournament appearances are the most all time.

Some other bits of tid that I uncovered about the Orange head coach and feel are worth the mention:  In his first full season as head coach, Boeheim’s Oragne(men) went 26-4; they followed that up with seasons of 22-6, 26-4, and 26-4; Boeheim’s best single-season record came last season when the team went 34-3; Syracuse has never had a losing season under Boeheim; and the Orange have been invited to a post season tournament (NCAA or NIT) every year under Boeheim except 1992-93 because of NCAA violations.

He’ll look to keep moving up the all-time wins chart in the next few games, and could potentially pass Knight on New Year’s Eve at home against the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils.

Congrats to Jim Boeheim on win 900, and here’s to many, many more.

Some of the milestone wins:

1 — Nov. 26, 1976, vs. Harvard, 75-48

100 — March 1, 1980, vs. Villanova, 97-83

200 — Feb. 14, 1985, vs. Seton Hall, 94-62

300 — Dec. 30, 1988, vs. St. Francis (Pa.), 105-63

400 — Jan. 9, 1993, vs. Miami (Fla.), 89-81

500 — Feb. 22, 1997, vs. Rutgers, 92-62

600 — March 16, 2001, vs. Hawaii, 79-69

653 — March 18, 2003, vs. Kansas, 81-78 (2003 NCAA National Championship Game)

700 — Feb. 26, 2005, vs. Providence, 91-69

800 — Nov. 9, 2009, vs. Albany, 75-43

880 — Feb. 8, 2012, vs. Georgetown, 64-61 (OT) (passes Dean Smith)

900 — Dec. 17, 2012, vs. Detroit, 72-68

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I'm an editor for Associations Now, a magazine pubished by ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. I live in Springfield, VA with my amazing wife, and am enjoying the ride that life is taking me on.

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