Lute Olson

Lute Olson

Original Name Robert Luther Olson
Mayville, Traill County, North Dakota, USA
Death 27 Aug 2020 (aged 85)
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 214915444 · View Source
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College Basketball Coach. He started his coaching career at the high school level and moved on to the college level at Long Beach City College in 1969. He went onto coaching at Long Beach State University and Iowa before going to Arizona. He left Iowa where he had five straight National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament appearances and moved to Arizona which had three appearances in its entire history. In the season before he arrived, Arizona had won just four games. The terms of his first agreement to coach the team was for one year for $64,000. He built a NCAA tournament contender from the ground up. Arizona would reach the tournament 23 times straight and win the school’s first championship in 1997. In 2002, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He retired in 2008 with one title, four Final Fours, 11 Pac-10 regular season titles and a 587-190 record with the Arizona Wildcats. He also took Iowa to the Final Four in 1980. His 781 career wins ranks 14th all-time among Division I men’s basketball coaches. He also coached the US national team in the 1986 Federation Internationale de Basketball Amateur (FIBA) World Championship, the last US amateur basketball team to win in international competition. His team defeated the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) 87-85 in the gold medal game, the first time the US had won the world championship in 32 years.

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