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Legendary Arizona Basketball coach Lute Olson passes away at 85

Legendary Arizona Basketball coach Lute Olson passes away at 85

September 01, 2020
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Our community as well as the basketball world lost a great man on August 27th. Lute Olson was 85 years old. He was a huge part of not only the basketball world, but a revered figure in our community. 

Olson came to Arizona from Iowa in 1983, and quickly transformed the program into a national power. The year before Olson arrived, Arizona won just four games. In Olson’s fifth season, the Wildcats went 35-3 and advanced to the Final Four. Under Olson, the Wildcats made the NCAA Tournament in every season from 1985 until he retired in 2007. In 1997, Olson guided Arizona to its first national championship, knocking off three No. 1 seeds to cut down the nets in Indianapolis.