Jim Boeheim, Scranton Miner

untitled1.jpgMany people know Coach Boeheim’s resume:

Led Syracuse University to the 2003 NCAA national championship

Led Syracuse University to 11 Sweet Sixteen appearances, four Elite Eight appearances, and three Final Four berths including three trips to the championship game (1987, 1996, 2003)

Led Syracuse University to eight Big East regular season titles and three Big East tournament titles

Did you know Jim Boeheim, current Syracuse head basketball coach and the man responsible for bringing G-Mac fever to Syracuse, has basketball roots in the Electric City.

Boeheim finished a stellar career at Syracuse in 1966. He began as a freshman walk-on and ended as captain of the Orangemen. His senior season, Boeheim and fellow senior Dave Bing led Syracuse to a 22-6 record.

Boeheim played professional basketball with the Scranton Miners of the Eastern Basketball League (EBL). Boeheim was quite a player and was named to the All-Rookie team. Records from the EBL are sketchy at best. Boeheim was a fan favorite at the old CYC. Known for his defense, Jim’s responsibilty was often to shut down the other teams’ scoring threat. Jim had the distinction of being the only player in the league who wore glasses. He averaged 11.5 points in his rookie season and led the Miners in assists with 120. He also had an uncanny eye from 3 point land, hitting on 8 of 12 shots from beyond the arc.

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