Olson led the Wildcats to the 1997 nationwide championship and coached his staff to 3 extra Last 4 appearances. Olson gained nationwide Coach of the Yr honors 5 instances.
Olson had 781 profession teaching wins, with a file of 589-187 at Arizona. Olson was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame in 2002.
College of Arizona Director of Athletics Dave Heeke stated in a press release, “Coach (Olson) was an iconic determine in faculty basketball who put the College of Arizona’s basketball program on the map. But his legacy extends properly past the court docket. He impacted 1000’s of lives, inspiring younger males to achieve past their potential and instilling service to others as a cornerstone of an individual’s character. He might be enormously missed by all who love the College of Arizona.”
“Lute Olson was a lot greater than a basketball coach,” stated College of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins. “He was an educator, a motivator, a husband, a father, a grandfather and a buddy to so many. He was a real chief in each sense of the phrase and displayed such integrity and compassion in each endeavor. Whereas Coach will not be with us, his presence might be felt for generations to come back. On behalf of the College of Arizona, our neighborhood and generations of Wildcat followers, we prolong our ideas and prayers to the Olson household.”