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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011

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Famed Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim has plenty of Wellsville ties - THE WELLSVILLE SUN (; Harris)

The recent retirement of legendary NCAA basketball coach Jim Boeheim has been big news.

After 47 years as the head coach of the Syracuse Orange, the coach has officially ended his career and caused an outpouring of gratitude and remembrances.

A trio of Wellsville graduates were part of Boeheim’s early days at Syracuse University, in fact he was hired by a Wellsville native.


Les Dye

Les Dye, arguably one of the most famous professional athletes to graduate from Wellsville High School. Before his career with Clarkson University and Syracuse, Dye was a professional football player with the Washington Redskins. Les wore many hats at SU, but made history with one decision. From the SU fan site,

“From 1959 to 1968 he worked in Syracuse University’s admissions office with different director responsibilities, and from 1969 to 1973 he was the university’s Dean of Admissions. In 1973, Dye became the Athletic Director at Syracuse, and would serve in that capacity until 1978. During his tenure in that capacity, the basketball team would reach the Final Four for the first time (1975), and he would hire a new basketball coach by the name of Jim Boeheim.

Dye was known as a square shooter as an administrator. He was honored as a Syracuse Letterwinner of Distinction in 1974. He passed away in August of 2000.”

Not only was Boeheim hired by Wellsville folks, but he competed against Wellsville in a Section 5 quarterfinals game. Rich Hetzel was on that Wellsville team and remember the game well:

“In the spring of 1962 to very fine high school basketball teams met in the quarterfinals of section 6 class a basketball tournament. Jim Boeheim played for Lyons, New York and came into the game undefeated and Wellsville had a record of 18-2. I believe to this day that neither team played well that night with the Lyons Lions coming out with a win. I would’ve loved a rematch.

I saw Jim Boeheim as a young player with a very accurate shot and a very competitive attitude on the basketball court. He was not faster or stronger or jumped higher than others, but he was a leader and love the game he played. He became a student of basketball and fell in love with his future in the game. I played against him two more times in college and although I have never met him or talked with him off the court, I’m positive that we remain in each others thoughts even those these events happened over 60 years ago.”

Last but certainly not least, the final connection is with the guy who technically founded the Wellsville Sun, my dad Kevin Harris. His connection to Boeheim wasn’t via basketball at all! Boeheim was also the golf coach at SU until being hired by Les Dye as the basketball coach in 1975.

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: The Transfer Portal Opens Today And Syracuse Basketball Needs To Pounce Immediately on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

The Transfer Portal Opens Today And Syracuse Basketball Needs To Pounce Immediately

Mario Sacco "The 315" 3-10-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

NewsChannel 9’s Mario Sacco joins Brian Higgins to share the sights and sounds of today’s introductory press conference for Adrian Autry as SUMBB head coach and to discuss what he pulled from the event in terms of the program’s immediate future.

Before he became a legendary basketball coach at Syracuse University, Jim Boeheim played on and coached the school’s golf team (; Hamel)

Jim Boeheim has a lengthy resume.

He’s been the head man .of Syracuse basketball since 1976 and took the ‘Cuse to three national championship games. Boeheim’s teams lost in their first two appearances before riding a young Carmelo Anthony to a victory over Kansas in 2003.

However, before his career was centered around hoops, Boeheim was a member of the Syracuse golf team.

“It was fun,’’ Boeheim said in a piece at “I wasn’t that good. I was probably the fifth or sixth guy on the team. At that time, I was in the mid-to-high 70s.’’

He earned two varsity letters in 1964 and ’65, while earning a 6-6-1 record as an individual during that span.

“He was a legitimate 3-handicap,’’ said Charlie Jurgonis, who played on the team from 1962 to 1964. “By legitimate, I mean he could go play another course and play well. He could play to a 3 anywhere he went.’

“He knew he was a good putter. He knew he just had to get it on the green and he had a chance.’’

The 1964 Syracuse golf team
Recognize anyone?
— Syracuse Men’s Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) March 9, 2023


Jim and Juli Boeheim chat with guests at the Basket Ball fundraiser at Turning Stone in 2022. Dennis Nett,

The Boeheims’ legacy: commitment to Central NY causes. ‘We owe so much to them’ (PS; Doran)

Jim and Juli Boeheim are powerhouses in the basketball world, but they have had an exceptional impact on Central New York charities, too.

The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation has raised more than $7.9 million and awarded at least 700 grants to more than 300 organizations since 2010, the foundation’s website says. The family has also helped countless other charity efforts directly.

Boeheim’s 47-year career as Syracuse University’s head basketball coach ended Wednesday, but he promised to stay in Syracuse.

The Boeheim foundation had assets of $2.9 million, according to its public 2020 tax report. It gave its largest awards to the Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse, Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse, Elmcrest Children’s Center for Casey’s Place, Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area and Mercy Works Inc.

Local organizations say the impact on local charities has been profound. Grants are given to a wide range of non-profits, including the National Audubon Society, Everson Museum of Art, North Syracuse Early Education program and several reading programs. Education, reading, sports, health, the arts, activities for kids, health and cancer care are among the areas they’ve supported.

“It’s not just all they do. It’s the ripple effect of having someone of their status with their credibility bring awareness to our organization,’' said Diane E. Kupperman, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish Central New York. “We have been extraordinarily fortunate to have their help.

“Coach Boeheim has always taught young men not just basketball, but the importance of giving back,’’ she said.

Upstate Medical University’s Eileen Pezzi, vice president of development, agrees. “Jim and Juli Boeheim epitomize philanthropy in Central New York, and their passion for children knows no bounds,” Pezzi said. “For as long as he’s been coaching, Jim has brought players to Upstate to visit sick and injured children in the hospital.”

With Syracuse coaches out recruiting, Jim Boeheim hits the road for another visit (PS; $; Waters)

Syracuse’s new head basketball coach and the school’s former coach both hit the road on Saturday.

The trips both involved basketball, but the similarities end there.

Adrian Autry, who was introduced as Syracuse’s new coach on Friday, wasted no time in hitting the recruiting trail as he and his entire coaching staff went to Philadelphia to watch Jalil Bethea, a highly-regarded prospect in the 2024 class. Bethea, a junior at Archbishop Wood High School, led his team to a win over Central Bucks East in the first round of the Pennsylvania state playoffs at Archbishop Ryan High School.

Sitting together in a row of bleachers were Autry along with Syracuse assistants Gerry McNamara and Allen Griffin plus Peter Corasaniti, the team’s director of basketball operations.

.⁦@Cuse_MBB⁩ new head coach Adrian Autry (left), assistant Gerry McNamara (second from right) and staff are here at Ryan to see ⁦@WoodBoysBball⁩ junior guard ⁦@JalilBethea2⁩, MVP of the Catholic League. @Wood_Vikings@WOODHOOPS⁩ ⁦⁦
— Tom Moore (@TomMoorePhilly) March 11, 2023

Meanwhile, Boeheim, now retired after 47 years as Syracuse’s head coach, was also watching basketball on Saturday night. But Boeheim wasn’t working. He and his wife, Juli, and their daughter, Jamie, were in Detroit to see Buddy Boeheim.

Buddy Boeheim has spent most of this past season on Detroit’s G-League team, the Motor City Cruise, but he is curretly on the Pistons’ roster.

The Boeheims took in Detroit’s game against the Indiana Pacers at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. It’s the building where Syracuse stunned No. 3 seed Michigan State in the second round of the 2018 NCAA tournament.

Keeping Up With The 315 3-10-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian Higgins starts the show discussing what today’s press conference means for new Syracuse men’s basketball head coach Adrian Autry and the program itself. Then, some members of the 315 call in and give their thoughts on the move and today’s ceremony. Later, Brian reacts to some of Jim Boeheim’s comments from today’s presser.

On The Block On Demand 3-10-23 (ESPN; radio; Axe)

Brent Axe is here to say that the University did right by Jim Boeheim during the press conference today. Plus, Luke Owens and Jordan Capozzi join Brent to draft the Mount Rushmore of Jim Boeheim.

MBB: 2023 NCAA Tournament Bids (RX; HM)

MBB: 2023 NCAA Tournament Bids

Just 5 ACC teams in the NCAA Tournament...

Five @accmbb teams are going dancing
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) March 12, 2023
This is BULL -- Clemson should be IN!


4 Virginia
11 NC State


5 Duke


5 Miami
11 Pitt/Miss.St. (play-in)



I just hope these ACC teams roll like they did last year.


Winter storm warning for Central NY: Storm starts earlier, snow possibly 2 inches an hour (PS; Kirk)

A winter storm warning has been issued for Central New York and now has the storm starting at around 6 p.m. Monday.

The National Weather Service upgraded a winter storm watch to a winter storm warning for Onondaga, Cortland, Tompkins and Southern Cayuga counties.

The storm is now set to begin around 6 p.m. Monday and could have snowfall of 1-2 inches an hour, the NWS said. Snow accumulation is expected to fall between 10 to 16 inches. Winds could reach 40 mph.

The highest snowfall will be in elevations above 1,000 feet south of the New York State Thruway, officials said.

In Syracuse, there will be light snow before 10 a.m. Monday but accumulation will be less than half an inch. A mix of snow and rain could be possible all day with temperatures hovering around 39 degrees. After 1 a.m. we’re stuck with snow.

Overnight about three inches of snow will accumulate in Syracuse. All day Tuesday there is a possibility of heavy snow, officials said. No sleet or freezing rain is predicted. The warning expires at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The rest of Central New York does not escape the winter storm. Oneida, Madison and Chenango counties are under a warning but with lighter snow: between nine and 18 inches.

Oswego and Northern Cayuga counties will see less snow with six to 12 inches predicted. The warning for Oswego and Northern Cayuga starts later at 11 p.m.

Travel could be dangerous to impossible in all of Central New York. The weather service warns to have extra food, flashlights and water if you have to travel.

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