TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Hugh Durham, who coached Florida State’s men’s basketball team to the 1972 NCAA Championship game, will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 18, 2016 at the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City, Mo.
Durham will be inducted in the 2016 class along with DePaul’s Mark Aguirre, Kansas State’s Bob Boozer, Illinois State’s Doug Collins, La Salle’s Lionel Simmons, UCLA’s Jamal Wilkes, Georgia’s Dominique Wilkins and former Stanford and Cal Berkley head coach Mike Montgomery.
“When you find out about it, the first thing you are is excited,” said Durham. “I am very appreciative to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame who feel that I am a worthy candidate. I am also thankful to all of the players, coaches and administrators who gave me the opportunity to be successful. The players are the reason why I have this opportunity. Coaches don’t win games – they only help because winning games is truly a team effort. I am so thankful to the players at Florida State, Georgia and Jacksonville for helping me earn this honor.”
Durham is the only coach in NCAA Division I history to lead two different schools – Florida State and Georgia – to their lone NCAA Final Four appearances. He was the head coach at Florida State from 1967-77 and directed the Seminoles to the 1972 NCAA Final Four where they played UCLA in the championship game. Durham also guided Georgia to the Final Four in 1983 where the Bulldogs lost to eventual champion NC State in the semifinals.
FSU’s 1972 NCAA Tournament run is regarded as of one of the greatest in tournament history. Durham led the Seminoles to a quarterfinal win over Kentucky in legendary head coach Adolph Rupp’s last game. The Seminoles eliminated North Carolina and their coach Dean Smith in the semifinals before falling to UCLA coached by John Wooden in the championship game.
When he retired from coaching at Jacksonville in 2005, Durham was the eighth-winningest active NCAA Division I coach with 633 victories. Durham’s 1,062 games coached ranked as the third highest total in Division I history when he retired, and he was the 25th most successful coach in Division I history. He was voted Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year four times and once in the Metro Conference.
Durham coached nine All-Americans, four Academic All-Americans, four first round NBA draft picks including Dave Cowens at FSU and fellow inductee Dominique Wilkins, 31 NBA draft picks, and two US Olympic basketball team selections.
Durham’s career coaching record is 634-430 and he is the third all-time winningest coach in Florida State history with a 229-96 record. He led three different collegiate teams (Florida State, Georgia and Jacksonville) to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, seven NIT appearances, two SEC Tournament championships and one Metro Conference regular season championship (1978).
Durham was inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980, the University of Georgia Hall of Fame in 2009, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Kentucky High School Hall of Fame in 1994.
“This is a tremendous honor for Coach Durham and we are very happy for him on being inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame,” Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton said. “As a coach, this is one of the greatest honors you can receive and he has certainly earned it. Having had to recruit and coach against him throughout my career, I know first-hand what an outstanding coach he was. We are also very pleased for him because he is a very important part of our Florida State athletic family and is a true Seminole. Congratulations to Coach Durham and his family.”
Durham had a hall of fame playing career at Florida State from 1957-59. He is still the 18th leading scorer in school history with 1,381 points and his 18.9 point per game career scoring average is ninth in school history. Durham was the Seminoles’ leading scorer in 1957 (19.6 ppg) and 1959 (21.9 ppg) and is ranked in Florida State’s all-time career top 25 in five different statistical categories. Durham’s 43 points scored against Stetson in 1957 is still tied as the third best single-game scoring mark in Florida State history.
“This is a wonderful honor for a wonderful person,” Florida State Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox said. “The entire Seminole family is very happy for Hugh Durham and his family. He is a very deserving coach whose career helped Florida State establish a solid foundation for our program. We wouldn’t have the program we have today if it weren’t for the efforts of Coach Durham as both a player and as our head coach.”