Believe it or not, but the greatest coach in Arizona Wildcats history technically entered this year on the outside of college basketball’s Hall of Fame. But not anymore.
The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that Lute Olson had been selected as part the Class of 2019. He is part of a nine-member class alongside Duke’s Shane Battier, Indiana’s Calbert Cheaney, Purdue’s Terry Dischinger, Providence’s Ernie DeGregorio, UNLV’s Larry Johnson and Stanford’s Todd Lichti as well as former coaches Homer Drew and Rick Majerus.
Olson and the rest will be officially enshrined on Nov. 24 in Kansas City.
Olson was included in the Collegiate Basketball HOF’s inaugural class in 2006—by virtue of already being in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame—but was never formally inducted.
From 1983-2009, Olson led Arizona to 11 conference championships and made four Final Four appearances, including 1997 when the Wildcats won the national title.
Olson won 780 games in his coaching career, which included stops at Iowa and Long Beach State, and currently ranks 12th in wins among Division I coaches. He will be the second Wildcat in the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, joining 2018 inductee Sean Elliott.