Basketball Hall Of Fame Coach Lefty Driesell Dead At 92

By Jason Hall

February 17, 2024

2018 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
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Hall of Fame college basketball coach Charles Grice 'Lefty' Driesell, who earned 786 career victories with four different programs in 41 seasons, has died at the age of 92, Lead1 Association president and CEO Tom McMillen announced on his X account Saturday (February 17) morning.

"I am deeply saddened to share that Coach Lefty Driesell passed away this morning. He was a legend both on and off the court and instrumental in my life. I am grateful that we shared some time together a couple weeks ago. We will miss him dearly," McMillen wrote.

Driesell's grandson, Wofford assistant coach Ty Anderson, confirmed to the Washington Post that his grandfather died at his home in Virginia Beach.

Driesell began his collegiate head coaching career at Davidson in 1960 before spending 17 seasons at the University of Maryland from 1969 to 1986, nine seasons at James Madison from 1988 to 1997 and six at Georgia State from 1997 to 2003.

"Lefty Driesell was a transcendent figure in college basketball and the man who put Maryland basketball on the map," said Damon Evans, the Barry P. Gossett Director of Athletics at Maryland. "A Hall of Famer, Lefty was an innovator, a man who was ahead of his time from his coaching on the court to his marketing off the court. From starting Midnight Madness to nationally-televised games with sold out Cole Field House crowds, Lefty did it all. He led Maryland to the NIT Championship, eight NCAA Tournaments, multiple ACC Championships and a consistent Top-10 ranking during his tenure, producing tons of NBA players. We are saddened to hear of his passing and send our condolences to his entire family and community of friends. His memory will be forever etched in Maryland basketball history."

Driesell is the only coach in NCAA Division I history to win at least 100 games at four different colleges and was the fourth-winningest coach in NCAA Division I history behind only fellow Basketball Hall of Famers Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp and Bob Knight at the time of his retirement.

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