PHILADELPHIA –Philadelphia University men's basketball head coach Herb Magee will receive the inaugural Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Award of Distinction Thursday, Dec. 1, before Magee's Rams take on conference rival University of the Sciences at 8 p.m. in the Gallagher Athletic Center.
The award was created to recognize current coaches or administrators throughout the league who have represented the conference with class and dignity during their distinguished careers.
"Herb Magee is a terrific individual to receive the inaugural CACC Award of Distinction," said CACC Commissioner Dan Mara. "Herb's impact on the sport and the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference cannot be put into words. Not only is he a terrific basketball coach, but an outstanding person who demonstrates great character and sportsmanship that his student-athletes quickly identify with."
Magee has put together an illustrious coaching career, highlighted by his 2011 induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Now in his 50th season as the head coach of the Philadelphia University men's basketball team, Magee has won 1,036 games—the most in NCAA Division II men's basketball history and the second-highest total across all three divisions—and the 1970 national championship. Magee is only the fourth men's basketball head coach in NCAA history to coach 50 years, and did it all at his alma mater, where he was one of the highest-scoring players in Rams' history.
During Magee's tenure, the Rams have been to the NCAA Tournament 29 times and have earned 33 20-plus-win seasons and 11 25-plus-win seasons—including a school-record 30 victories during the 1992-93 campaign. His coaching has produced three 2,000-point scorers and 44 1,000-point scorers. Since joining the CACC in 2005, the Rams have won four conference championships.
Magee has also been honored for his outstanding character and commitment to the game, most recently when he received the Joe Lapchick Character Award Nov. 18, recognizing the class and dignity he has shown throughout his career. His many awards also include being named a Living Legend by The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association in 2012, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Sports Congress in 2007, and being named a Guardian of the Game by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2005.