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Lute Olson HOF
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 09, 2013
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Lute Olson

Lute Olson HOF
     Perhaps the most recognizable face in the state of Arizona, Lute Olson's achievements and impact in 25 years as men's basketball head coach go beyond any statistical measure. However, the 1997 NCAA Championships, four Final Four appearances and 1,063 career victories begin to give insight into the strength of of Coach Olson's program. From the time Lute arrived from Iowa, he transformed not only the men's basketball program, but also the landscape of the UA athletics department and the city of Tucson. The infusion of Lute's leadership attracted student-athletes whose talents translated to on -court success that was unmatched in the Pacific-10 Conference during his tenure. The ever-present class with which Lute and his wife Bobbi conducted themselves endeared the couple to the Tucson community, who responded with resounding support and made McKale Center one of the top basketball venues in the nation. The consistent excellence of Lute's teams is evident in the 23 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances made by the Wildcats and the 22 20-win seasons he led UA to during his career. Furthermore, his players received 19 All-America honors, and 14 of his student-athletes were selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. At the time of his retirement, Lute ranked fourth in winning percentage and second in victories for active Division I coaches.  
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