Whether it’s the 1997 national championship, four Final Four appearances, 21 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, 11 Pacific-10 Conference titles, or the nation’s best winning percentage over the past 18 seasons, basketball excellence and the University of Arizona go hand-in-hand. Olson, now in his fourth decade as a head coach, also has a title that befits those monumental accomplishments – Hall of Famer – as he was selected for enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on June 5, 2002. In a career full of individual and team accolades, this honor ranks among the best. True to form, Olson shared the recognition with his family, coaches and players. “I think it ranks right up there with the NCAA Championship and the 1986 World Championship,” said Olson. “This is definitely one of the special things that has happened in my career. I am very thankful for the recognition and opportunity for enshrinement. I want to thank Bobbi and my family for their sacrifices in addition to the former assistant coaches and former players who also share in this honor as well.
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