Legendary coach Lute Olsen has passed away

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Basketball Hall of Famer Lute Olsen has passed away. He was 85.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet.

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As a college basketball coach, he went 781-280. He was the head coach at Long Beach Community College, Long Beach State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Arizona. He spent the majority of his coaching career coaching the Arizona Wildcats.

He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. He was also inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 and 2019.

During his coaching career, he won the NCAA Division I tournament in 1997. He guided his teams to the Final Four five times in 1980, 1988, 1994, 1997, and 2001.

His team won the Pac-10 regular season championship 11 times. Olsen’s team won the 1974 PCAA regular season and the Big Ten regular season in 1979.

The Wildcats also won the Pac-10 Tournament four times from 1988-1990 and again in 2002.

He also won several Coach of the Year honors, including seven-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

Olsen is one of the greatest men’s basketball coaches of all-time. As of this post, Olsen is 32nd on the all-time wins list by a men’s basketball coach with his 780 wins.

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