January 18, 2012

Magee named “Living Legend” by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Hall of Fame men's basketball head coach Herb Magee can add another accolade to an already very impressive list after being named the 2012 "Living Legend" by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.

The winningest in NCAA men's basketball history with 932 to date, Magee will receive the award at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association's 108th Annual Dinner on Monday, Jan. 30 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Magee–who was inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last August–became NCAA Division II's all-time wins leader, passing former Winston-Salem State coach Clarence "Big House" Gaines (828 wins), on Feb. 1, 2007, and the NCAA's all-time winningest head coach, passing Bobby Knight (902 wins), on Feb. 23, 2010. Magee's Rams won the D-II National Championship in 1970.

As a player for the University (formerly Philadelphia Textile), Magee was a two-time All-American guard and graduated in 1963 as the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,235 points. He was selected 62nd overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1963 NBA Draft.

In addition to the Naismith Hall of Fame, Magee has been inducted into the the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, Philadelphia University Hall of Fame, Philadelphia University Athletic Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Philadelphia Area Small College Hall of Fame, and the West Philadelphia Catholic High School Hall of Fame. He received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Philadelphia University in 2009.

The dinner is open to the public. Tickets are $95, and are available here.

Doors to the banquet open at 5 p.m., with the dinner starting promptly at 6:30 p.m.

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