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Arizona Basketball Leads Division I Schools in Combined Victories
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/08/2006
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Olson and Bonvicini have combined for 1,352 career wins

 

TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona basketball coaches Lute Olson and Joan Bonvicini lead all NCAA Division I institutions with 1,352 combined victories.

 

The Wildcat coaching duo’s victory total comfortably leads fellow Division I schools Connecticut (1,322) and Texas (1,275).  Only Division II Northern State University, located in Aberdeen, S.D., posts a number higher than Arizona, as men’s coach Don Meyer and women’s coach Curt Fredrickson have combined to win 1,453 games.

 

“I’ve always said that the U of A is a special place when it comes to supporting college basketball,” said UA men’s basketball coach Lute Olson.  “It’s good to know that we lead the way on the Division I level.”

 

Heading into the 2006-07 season, here are the top five NCAA schools ranked by combined wins of its men’s and women’s basketball coaches.

 

Total

School

Affiliation

Men’s Coach

Won

Women’s Coach

Won

1,453

Northern State

Division II

Don Meyer

841

Curt Fredrickson

612

1,352

ARIZONA

Division I

Lute Olson

761

Joan Bonvicini

591

1,329

Philadelphia Univ.

Division II

Herb Magee

813

Tom Shirley

516

1,322

Connecticut

Division I

Jim Calhoun

733

Geno Auriemma

589

1,275

Texas

Division I

Rick Barnes

393

Jody Conrad

882

  

“It's very exciting to be part of the most successful men's and women's coaching duo in Division I basketball,” said Bonvicini. “I think it speaks to the quality of the programs we have here at Arizona and the years of achievement we’ve both enjoyed.’

 

Olson, who recently completed his 33rd season as an NCAA Division I head coach, has a career record of 761-269 (.739).  Bonvicini, who just completed her 23rd season on the Division I level, has a career mark of 591-253 (.700).

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