Arizona Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson dies at 85

LOS ANGELES CA- JANUARY 19 Former Arizona Wildcats Head Coach Lute Olson looks on during the nation anthem during an NCAA basketball game between the Arizona Wildcats and the USC Trojans

LOS ANGELES CA- JANUARY 19 Former Arizona Wildcats Head Coach Lute Olson looks on during the nation anthem during an NCAA basketball game between the Arizona Wildcats and the USC Trojans

The Hall of Fame coach at Arizona died Thursday, according to his family. May god bless his family. The Hawkeyes won 19 games in Olson's first season and, four seasons later, earned their first national ranking and NCAA tournament appearance since 1970. The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA tournament in 1985, Olson's second season, and wouldn't fail to do so again until 2010, three years after Olson's last game as coach.

Olson retired in 2008 after his first stroke with that 1997 title, four Final Fours, 11 Pac-10 regular season titles and a 587-190 record to his name with the Wildcats. He led Arizona to 20 straight 20-win seasons and is one of five coaches in NCAA history with 29 seasons of at least 20 wins.

Olson had been previously reported to be in poor health earlier this week. Olson was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

FILE - In this March 15, 2007, file photo, Arizona coach Lute Olson watches his team practice for the NCAA Midwest Regional basketball tournament in New Orleans.

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Olson, 85, had a stroke in February of 2019 and has not been seen at a UA basketball game since.

Olson started his career as a high school coach in Minnesota and Southern California before becoming the head coach at Long Beach City College, where he won the state junior college title in 1971.

University of Arizona Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said in a statement, "Coach (Olson) was an iconic figure in college basketball who put the University of Arizona's basketball program on the map". Olson led Arizona to its first No. 1 ranking and Final Four in 1987-88 and repeated the latter feat in 1994. His 781 career wins ranks 14th all-time among Division I men's basketball coaches.

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