Naismith Coaches Circle

    Honoring the First Coach

    The Naismith Coaches Circle has been created to honor the First Coach, Dr. James Naismith and to pay tribute to the core values he taught – Teamwork, Sportsmanship, Physical Fitness, Leadership, and Integrity. These principles are the foundation by which young men and women play the game and conduct their lives – on and off the court.

    The Coaches Circle Program has been created by the Basketball Hall of Fame to recognize those coaches that have impacted their communities, players, other coaches, and society in a positive manner.

    Far too often, these incredible stories are left untold. The stories of the mentor-coach relationship; the story of compassion coaches have for their players; the story of a coach impacting a community. Now these stories and so many more will be made available through the Naismith Coaches Circle Program.








    Current participants to the Naismith Coaches Circle program who continue to inspire on and off the court:

    Steve Alford

     Dana Altman

     Geno Auriemma

    Jim Boeheim

    Mike Brey

     Larry Brown

     Jim Calhoun

     John Calipari

     Rick Carlisle

     Jamie Dixon

     Billy Donovan

     Mark Few

    Leonard Hamilton

    Paul Hewitt

     Bob Huggins


    Tom Izzo

    Lon Kruger 

    Mike Krzyzewski

     Dan Majerle

    Sean Miller

    George Raveling

     Bo Ryan

    Bill Self

    C. Vivian Stringer

     Pat Summitt

    John Thompson, Jr.

    Dick Vitale

    Gary Williams

     Roy Williams

     Jay Wright


    Courtyard Unveiling Ceremony


    The Statue of James Naismith is unveiled as part of the Coaches Circle at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.


    Jim Naismith, grandson of Dr. James Naismith, sits on the Coaches Circle Statue, during the unveiling ceremony.


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    Coach John Calipari, Hall of Fame Class of 2015 and Naismith Coaches Circle participant, unveils his bench dedication for the first time.

    For more information or to participate in the Naismith Coaches Circle program, please contact Scott Zuffelato, the Hall of Fame’s Vice President of Philanthropy, at (413) 231-5506 or by email: ScottZ@hoophall.com.