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, Cooperation, Leadership, Perseverance, 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. We share stories of their meaningful relationships and how their lives have been impacted by these inspirations.
Far too often, these incredible connections are left untold. Trough this exhibit we share the stories of the mentor-coach relationship and the compassion coaches have for their players.
Now we have a way to preserve the personal history of the Coaches and share these stories for future generations.
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.
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].