Jim Boeheim will coach Syracuse beyond next season

By The Sports Xchange   |   March 20, 2017 at 12:23 AM
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Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim and his alma mater, Syracuse University, agreed on a new contract extension beyond the 2017-18 season.

The extension came about as head-coach-in-waiting Mike Hopkins was hired to lead the program at Washington. Syracuse negotiated the new deal with Boeheim, who had planned to step down following the conclusion of the next season, to keep stability in the program.

"Mike received a great opportunity and we thank him and wish him the best," Boeheim said. "I'm happy to stay on to help the program and to continue the staff's devotion to success."

The university also announced the promotion of assistant coach Adrian Autry to associate head coach.

"The Syracuse basketball program was built on the concept of family and that remains intact with Coach Boeheim agreeing to this contract extension," Syracuse AD John Wildhack said in a statement. "Having experienced assistant coaches like Adrian Autry and Gerry McNamara on the staff helps us maintain the elite standing the program has earned."

Boeheim just completed his 41st season as head coach at Syracuse. He ranks second among Division I coaches in victories, trailing only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. Boeheim owns the longest active streak of seasons with his current institution, ahead of Krzyzewski's 36 at Duke.

Boeheim is a four-time Big East Coach of the Year, guiding the Orange to 32 NCAA Tournaments and seven NIT berths. He has coached Syracuse into the NCAA championship game three times and the Final Four five times. Syracuse won the national championship in 2003.

On the flip side, in 2005, the NCAA stripped Syracuse and Boeheim of 101 wins for rules violations that occurred from 2004-05 to 2011-12.

Autry and McNamara, both former players for Syracuse, have been assistant coaches under Boeheim since 2011-12.

"I have no doubt this remarkable run of college basketball success at Syracuse under Coach Boeheim is positioned to continue," Wildhack said.

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