It’s easy to look at college basketball and fixate on all the dominant players the sport has seen throughout history. After all, these are the individuals who lace up their kicks, take the floor, and face the pressure of knocking down the big shot when the game is on the line.
And yet, after watching the Syracuse Orange turn the NCAA tournament on its head in 2016, reaching the Final Four as an unheralded No. 10 seed, we can’t help but be reminded that without quality coaching, a team is more or less screwed. Great players come and go, but the direction fueled by an all-time great coach is what helps a program sustain success over the long haul.
Thanks to the Orange’s improbable run in 2016, head coach Boeheim has now reached the Final Four five times in his career (The Orange were not selected to play in the 2017 NCAA tournament). And while that’s undeniably impressive, it’s hardly a record by college basketball standards. You don’t believe us? See for yourself.