Boeheim ‘discourage’ people from coaching
by Eric Prisbell, USA TODAY Sports
After initially making $25,000 a year as head coach at his alma mater in 1976, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim has emerged from humble beginnings to build an unlikely perennial national contender. The Hall of Fame coach has won more than 900 games at one school, an achievement unlikely to be duplicated in college basketball.
But he said he would discourage an aspiring coach, including his 14-year-old son, from getting into what he called a “tough business.”
When asked during a recent phone interview with USA TODAY Sports what advice he would give a young coach entering the profession, Boeheim said, “Get good players. It is a tough business. It’s a great business, but my son wants to be a coach. He is 14. I said, ‘Just find something else, really.’
“It’s a tough business. It’s tough getting in, tough to stay in. Tough to win. Not that easy. It’s a tough business. But you’ve got to do what you want to do in life. The highs and lows are so extreme in this business, I would discourage people from getting in it. The ones that want it, they will get in it. They want it bad enough that they will try to make it work.”
Speculation has grown in recent weeks that Boeheim may retire after this season, Syracuse’s last in the Big East before it departs for the ACC next season. Boeheim said he never wanted to go to the ACC when it was “just us” going, but with Louisville, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh also ACC bound, “it’s not just us going,” he said. “We will be in a really good league that will have a lot of Big East in it.”
Boeheim made a little more than $1.9 million in compensation in 2010, the most recent year data are available.
When asked whether he would be back next season, Boeheim said, “I have not thought about it yet. I go through the whole year and (then) think about it. If we lose a game, I don’t want to ever coach, I don’t want to coach tomorrow. We are going to get through this year … [For more on Boeheim would 'discourage' people from entering coaching, click here.]