Naismith Coaches Circle
Honoring the First Coach
The Naismith Coaches Circle Program honors the First Coach, Dr. James Naismith and pays 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.
With the Coaches Circle Program, the Basketball Hall of Fame honors his vision by providing a pathway for today’s coaches to leave a legacy to those who inspired them. By sharing stories of their meaningful relationships and how their lives are impacted by these inspirations, the guests that learn from the coaches in the Coaches Circle can also impact their communities, players, peers 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.
Coaches who are recognized in the Naismith Coaches Circle Exhibit.
Bold, Dark Blue Text = Legacy Exhibits (Benches created in honor/tribute by friends, family, players, and colleagues of the person.)
Tim "GRG" Grgurich
C. Vivian Stringer
John Thompson, Jr.
** Summer of 2023 Installation
Courtyard Unveiling Ceremony
Jim Naismith, grandson of Dr. James Naismith, sits on the Coaches Circle Statue, during the unveiling ceremony.
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: [email protected].