Philadelphia University's men's basketball coach Herb Magee took his place among basketball's greatest on Friday, August 12, in Springfield, Mass., where he was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
As the all-time, all-division NCAA wins leaders with 922 career wins, Magee was honored for his commitment to the game of basketball and more than 50 years of success as a player and coach at Philadelphia University.
Magee's selection for the Hall of Fame 'Class of 2011' was announced on April 4th in Houston, where the NCAA Division I Championship game was being played. Magee said, "I am completely humbled to be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. I have dedicated my life to the game of basketball, and to become a member of this sport's elite group of players and coaches is an honor."
Known throughout the basketball community as a dedicated coach and expert shooting instructor, Magee has helped several NBA players perfect their jump shots over the years, including Charles Barkley, Jameer Nelson and most recently, Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner.
He first became head coach at Philadelphia University in 1966. As a player from 1959 to 1963, he scored a then school record 2,235 points, all before the introduction of the three-pointer. In just his third year as head coach, Magee guided the Rams to their first national championship in 1970. Under Magee's leadership, PhilaU has made the NCAA Tournament 25 times.
Magee also is a highly respected coaching mentor, and many of his former assistants have gone on to top coaching jobs, including Pat Chambers at Penn State University.
Along with Magee, the Class of 2011 included former NBA star and 1992 Dream Team member Chris Mullin; five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman; ABA/NBA legend Artis Gilmore; four-time NCAA women's coach of the year Tara VanDerveer; four-time Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards; European star Arvydas Sabonis; eight-time NBA champion Tom "Satch" Sanders; coaching legend Tex Winter; and former Harlem Globetrotter Reece "Goose" Tatum, who was honored posthumously.