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Denzil E. "Denny" Crum

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 an assistant under John Wooden for three NCAA titles. Known as “Cool Hand Luke” for his calm and cool demeanor, Crum patrolled the sidelines at the University of Louisville from 1971 to 2001 creating a college program that dominated the 1980s. Crum guided the Cardinals to six NCAA Final Four appearances (1972, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986) and led Louisville to the 1980 and 1986 national championships. In 1993, Crum became the second fastest coach to win 500 games at that time. During his career, Crum was named Coach of the Year three times (1980, 1983, 1986) as well as Metro Conference Coach of the Year four times. Crum’s Cardinals won 12 regular season Metro Conference championships and 11 conference tournaments. He led Louisville to 23 NCAA Tournament berths and three 30-win seasons.

Enshrined

1994

Born

March 02, 1937 San Fernando, CA

College

Louisville Pierce College

Career Stats

1977 USA WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
GOLD MEDAL
3x NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
3x NIT TOURNAMENT
APPEARANCES
6x NCAA FINAL Four
12x REGULAR SEASON
METRO CONFERENCE TITLES
11x METRO CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONS