Syracuse's Jim Boeheim was once the school's golf coach

Sports Illustrated
A photo of the Syracuse golf team from the early 1970s, with then-golf coach Jim Boeheim on the far right.
By Mark Aumann

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, April 01, 2016 | 9:47 a.m.

Legendary Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim's association with the Orangemen goes back more than 50 years, from the time he stepped on campus in 1962 as a freshman.

Along the way, Boeheim walked on to the basketball squad, roomed with NBA star Dave Bing, was team captain as a senior, graduated with a degree in social science, played minor league basketball with the Scranton Miners and eventually wound up as a graduate assistant under head coach Roy Danforth.


But for all of Boeheim's basketball exploits, he happened to be a pretty good golfer as well. In addition to his time on the hardwood, Boeheim played for two years on Syracuse's golf team.

So when the Orangemen needed a golf coach, guess who they asked to fill the role? That's right.

As this epic 1970s-flashback photo from the Sports Illustrated archive illustrates, Boeheim was a golf coach before his 39-year career as head hoops coach of the Orangemen. Certainly, he is better known for closing in on 1,000 career victories and owning five Big East tournament championships, five Final Four appearances and the 2003 NCAA Division I national championship.

But the hair! The clothes! The photo reeks of post-Woodstock non-conformity. Can you imagine any college golf team in the country in this day and age taking a picture looking like this? That's more awesome than having Boeheim in charge.

By the way, he's not the only legendary college coach with a golf background. North Carolina's Dean Smith, for instance, doubled as golf coach during his time at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.