Lute Olson Retires
UA Athletics Director Jim Livengood announced that a national search will begin soon to find a permanent replacement.
“This was not a decision that was made lightly,” Olson said. “I’ve had a wonderful run at The University of Arizona. I leave with a great sense of pride in what we have accomplished here.”
“At this stage in my life, I want to devote my time to my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends. I look forward to watching Wildcat basketball and visiting with my colleagues in the coaching profession. It is time to pass the program on to a younger staff, to transition the university to the next generation of basketball.”
“To my family, all of the players who have put
on our uniform, our fans in
UA President Robert N. Shelton said, “Lute
Olson transformed the UA and
“We will never replace Lute Olson. But we do have to find a successor, and we have to move quickly,” Livengood said. “I intend to recruit a coach who is worthy to inherit Lute’s astounding legacy.”
The announcement from Olson, who has served as
Olson has a
career record of 780-280 (.736) in 34 seasons as an NCAA Division I head coach
and 589-187 (.759) in 24 years at
During his quarter century at Arizona, the Wildcats have won one national championship (1997), played in the national championship game (2001), participated in four Final Fours (1988, 1994, 1997, 2001), won 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, four Pac-10 Tournament crowns (1988, ‘89, ‘90, 2002) and been to the NCAA Tournament for 23 consecutive seasons, which is the longest active and second-longest streak in NCAA history (North Carolina, 27).
his collegiate career, Olson has produced 52 NBA Draft picks, including 31 at