<p><b>Name:</b></p><p>Jim Boeheim</p><p><b>Position:</b></p><p>Head Coach</p><p><b>Team:</b></p><p>Syracuse Orange</p><p><b>Career Record (Entering the 2008-09 Season):</b></p><p>771-277</p><p><b>Key Influences:</b></p><p>Roy Danforth</p><p><b>Coaching Tree:</b></p><p>Rick Pitino (Louisville), Louis Orr (Bowling Green)</p><p><b>Great Players:</b></p><p>Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Coleman, Rony Seikaly, Billy Owens, Sherman Douglas, &#34;Pearl&#34; Washington, Hakim Warrick, Gerry McNamara (Syracuse)</p><p><b>National Championships:</b></p><p>2003 National Champion Syracuse Orangemen</p><p><b>Other Honors:</b></p><p>Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005</p><p><b>Profile:</b></p><p>Jim Boeheim must <i>really</i> like the color orange. And snow. After all, he&#39;s been associated with Syracuse -- as an undergrad, an assistant coach, and head coach -- since the last days of the Kennedy administration.</p><p>Boeheim&#39;s first association with the Orangemen was as a freshman walk-on in 1963. By his senior year in 1966 he had been promoted to team captain, and teamed with Dave Bing to lead Syracuse to the second NCAA berth in school history.</p><p>After a brief stint in a lower-level pro league, Boeheim re-joined the Orangemen as a graduate assistant in 1969. He had progressed to a full-time assistant position by 1975, and when head coach Ray Danforth was hired away by Tulane, the head coaching job more or less fell into his lap.</p><p>Though he wasn&#39;t the school&#39;s first choice of coach, it&#39;s hard to imagine a better choice. The Orange (known as the Orangemen until 2004) have posted a winning record in every one of Boeheim&#39;s 31 seasons. A founding member of the Big East Conference, Boeheim&#39;s resume boasts five conference tournament titles, seven regular-season titles, and 25 trips to the NCAA Tournament. But after heartbreaking losses in the national title game in 1987 (on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v&#61;2dgkmikdVM8" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Keith Smart&#39;s buzzer-beater for Indiana</a>) and 1996, Boeheim was in danger of becoming &#34;the coach that can&#39;t win the big one.&#34;</p><p>That all changed for good in 2003, when a Carmelo Anthony turned in one of the best freshman seasons in NCAA history and helped Boeheim earn that elusive title.</p><p>Syracuse has reached the NCAA or NIT in every year of Boeheim&#39;s tenure, save for 1993. The &#39;93 team&#39;s record was 20-9 -- more than good enough to qualify for March Madness most years -- but was banned from post season play due to <a href="http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res&#61;9E0CE1D6153DF931A35753C1A964958260&amp;sec&#61;&amp;spon&#61;&amp;pagewanted&#61;all" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2">NCAA violations relating to recruiting</a>.</p><p>Despite that blemish, Boeheim was voted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005, alongside his long-time Big East rival Jim Calhoun. His 771 career wins rank <a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/the-winningest-active-coaches-in-college-hoops-325671" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="3">fourth among active coaches</a>, just three behind Calhoun.</p><p>Boeheim is also a heavily involved in USA Basketball. He&#39;s an assistant with the senior national team that will compete for gold in the Beijing Olympics, and is chairman of the committee that selects the finalists for the U18 Team.</p><h3>Coaching Style</h3>Boeheim is well-known for his devotion to the 2-3 zone defense. The 2-3 is one of the simpler alignments in basketball, and is common even at the rec league level, but Boeheim&#39;s teams execute it to near-perfection.