Jim Boeheim Leaves Syracuse Basketball After 47 Seasons

Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim in January 2023
Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim in January 2023. Photo by Greg Atkins/CSM/Shutterstock (13745692z)

Syracuse basketball confirmed on Wednesday that its longtime head coach Jim Boeheim won’t return to the program for the 2023–24 season. Boeheim is leaving after coaching the Orange for 47 seasons.

The news about Boeheim’s departure was announced hours after Syracuse suffered a 77-74 loss to Wake Forest that eliminated them from the ACC tournament.

Syracuse didn’t waste time announcing Boeheim’s replacement, turning to his assistant Adrian Autry. Besides serving on Boeheim’s coaching staff for more than a decade, Autry also played four years as a point guard with the Orange.

It is unclear whether Boeheim and Syracuse mutually decided it was time to part ways. Before the news was confirmed, the 78-year-old coach said at a press conference that it is up to the university to decide his future.

“As I’ve said from day one when I started working here, the university hired me, and it’s their choice what they want to do,” Boeheim told reporters. “I always have the choice of retirement, but it’s their decision as to whether I coach or not. It always has been.”

Jim Boeheim was hired as Syracuse’s head coach in 1976–77 and has since led the Orange to 35 NCAA tournaments and five Final Fours, including a national title win in 2003. Boeheim has 1,015 career wins, making him the second-winningest head coach in Division I behind Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.