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Lute Olson


Longtime NCAA golf ball trainer who led the Az Wildcats from 1983 to 2008, supporting the team get the 1997 NCAA Tournament. A member from the Golf ball Hall of Popularity, he retired having a profession record of 781-280. He performed college golf ball at Augsburg University from 1953 to 1956, after that received his 1st training john at Mahnomen SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. As coach from the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1974 to 1983, he was a 2-period Big Ten Trainer of the entire year. He was wedded to Roberta “Bobbi” Russell from 1953 until her loss of life in 2001. Honoring the Olsons, the University or college of Arizona golf ball court is known as the Lute and Bobbi Olson Courtroom. He and Bobbi experienced five children collectively and in 2003, Lute wedded Christine Jack port Toretti. Long term NBA celebrities Jason Terry and Mike Bibby helped Olson deliver an NCAA Tournament to the University or college of Az in 1997.

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Full Name Lute Olson
Date Of Birth September 22, 1934
Place Of Birth North Dakota
Profession Basketball Coach
Education Augsburg University
Nationality American
Spouse Kelly Pugnea, Christine Jack Toretti, Roberta Russell
Children Vicki Olson, Steve Olson, Christi Olson, Jodi Olson, Greg Olson
Star Sign Virgo

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1(December 6) Announced that he would extend his leave from the Univeristy of Arizona through the end of the season.
2Head coach of men's basketball at the Univeristy of Arizona (1983-present)
3Filed for divorce from his wife Christine, although she says she remains committed to the marriage. (6 December 2007).
4Met second wife, Christine, at the 2002 Final Four in Atlanta. She is chief executive of a Pennsylvania-based oil and gas drilling company, and has three sons from her first marriage.
5Has five children (daughters Vicki, Jodi, Christi, sons Greg and Steve) and fourteen grandchildren.
6He lost his wife of 47 years, Bobbi, to ovarian cancer on New Year's Day in 2001.
7The basketball court at McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona, at the University of Arizona was named in honor of Lute and his late wife. The court is now called "Bobbi and Lute Olson Court.".
8Coached Bill Walton's son Luke Walton in Basketball at the University of Arizona from 1998-2002. Luke was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers after graduation.
9Recipient of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award (which honors the active Division I basketball coach who has made the most significant positive contributions to his sport during the preceding year) in 2001.
10U.S. Coach, R. William Jones Cup Champions (1984). U.S. Coach, World Championship Gold Medal (1986). Coach of the Year Awards: National Coach of the Year (1988, '90), CBS-TV Coach of the Year (1989), PAC 10 Coach of the Year (1986, '88, '89, 93, '94, '98), NABC District 15 Coach of the Year (1989, '93, '94), USBWA District 8 Coach of the Year (1988, '93), Big Ten Coach of the Year (1979, '81), PCAA Coach of the Year (1974), Western Region Coach of the Year (1974), Basketball Times West Region Coach of the Year (1998), Naismith National Coach of the Year Finalist (1998).
11Head coach for Long Beach City College, 1969-1973 (103-22), Long Beach State, 1973-1974 (24-2), the University of Iowa, 1975-1983 (168-90) and the University of Arizona, 1984 to present (471-143, .767). California JUCO State Champions (1971). Metro Conference titles (1970, 1971, 1973). Metro Conference Coach of the Year three times (1970, 1971, 1973) One of 8 coaches in collegiate history to coach in five or more Final Fours. One of 11 coaches who have taken two different teams to the Final Four. NCAA Final Four (1980). Big Ten Championship (1979). PAC-10 championships (1986,'88, '89, '90, '91, '93, '94, '98, '2000). four NCAA Final Four appearances (1988, '94, '97, 2001) and one NCAA Championship (1997). Arizona's 18 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances is the longest current streak in college basketball and is second longest in NCAA history (behind North Carolina's 27).
12Played for Augsburg College (Minneapolis, MN), graduated 1956. All-MIAC (1955-1956) assists leader with 10,141 and all-time steals leader with 1,724.
13Enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.



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The Sixth Man1997Himself

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