Jim Boeheim retirement: Syracuse makes it official as program honors 47 years at helm
Jim Boeheim is officially out as Syracuse’s coach, as his retirement is official even though it was a bit disjointed in the end.
With a social media announcement just after 5 p.m. on the same day Syracuse lost to Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament, Syracuse made it official.
“A legendary coaching tenure that turned this program into a perennial national power comes to a close after 47 years.”
In a news release, Syracuse announced that, “Today, as his 47th season coaching his alma mater comes to an end, so too does his storied career at Syracuse University. Associate Head Coach Adrian Autry ’94, one of Boeheim’s former players and longtime assistant, has been named the program’s next head coach.”
A legendary coaching tenure that turned this program into a perennial national power comes to a close after 47 years.
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— Syracuse Men’s Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) March 8, 2023
“There is no doubt in my mind that without Jim Boeheim, Syracuse Basketball would not be the powerhouse program it is today,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud. “Jim has invested and dedicated the majority of his life to building this program, cultivating generations of student-athletes and representing his alma mater with pride and distinction. I extend my deep appreciation and gratitude to an alumnus who epitomizes what it means to be ‘Forever Orange.'”
One of the top coaches of his generation, Boeheim ends his career with a decorated resume full of accomplishments at the top of college basketball.
In addition to the national title he and the 2003 team brought home during his 47 years as Syracuse’s head coach, the Orange has made 35 trips to the NCAA Tournament, including Final Four appearances in 1987, 1996, 2003, 2013 and 2016. Boeheim, a four-time Big East Coach of the Year, has been honored as National Association of Basketball Coaches District II Coach of the Year 10 times and United States Basketball Writers Association District II Coach of the Year on four occasions.
However, Boeheim’s final public comments at a press conference after the Wake Forest loss proved to be confusing as he said he made an earlier retirement speech, but apparently no one picked up on it at the time. He also said the decision on him coaching next season would be up to the university.
Autry, a Syracuse alumnus, played for Boeheim from 1990-94 and went on to a successful professional career, playing primarily in European leagues, as well as in the United States Basketball League. He began his coaching career in 2006 when he was hired as associate head coach at Bishop Ireton Catholic High School (Virginia) and went on to coach powerhouse AAU programs. Autry moved into the collegiate ranks in 2008 when he was hired by then-head coach Seth Greenberg as director of basketball operations at Virginia Tech.
He was later promoted to an assistant coach post. He was named assistant coach at Syracuse prior to the 2011-12 season and was promoted to associate head coach in March 2017.
Jim Boeheim: “I’ve been very lucky to coach this long. I think everyone missed my retirement speech last week. Nobody picked up on it… it’s up to the University” pic.twitter.com/XbnTV1Zsuj
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