Denzil E. "Denny" Crum

Enshrined 1994
San Fernando, CA
Born: March 5, 1937


A teacher and a motivator, low-key Denny Crum annually built collegiate teams that played their best basketball at tournament time. Crum started coaching at UCLA as assistant under John Wooden for three NCAA titles. Known as "Cool Hand Luke," Crum patrolled the sidelines at the University of Louisville from 1971 to 2001 creating a college program that has been dominant since the 1980s. Only three other coaches have coached more NCAA Final Four teams than Crum, who took the Cardinals to six Final Fours (1972, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986) and led Louisville to the 1980 and 1986 NCAA Championships. In 1993, Crum became basketball history's second fastest coach to win 500 games. During his career, Crum was named College Coach of the Year three times (1980, 1983, 1986), as well as Metro Conference Coach of the Year five times.

Career Highlights

Gold Medal, USA World University Games, 1977
Named National Coach of the Year three times, 1980, 1983, 1986
Has led Louisville to three NIT Tournaments and the 1985 NIT Semifinals
Had guided the University of Louisville to twelve regular season Metro Conference titles and eleven Metro Conference championships