Jim Boeheim played for the Lyons Lions three years on the varsity level for both basketball and golf. His basketball career for Lyons High School culminated as the leading scorer in the league. The Lions won the Wayne-Finger Lakes Basketball League Championships both his junior and senior year with the records of 15-1 and 14-0, respectively. The 1962 Class AA Championship game ended their 20-0 record when they lost by a point in double-overtime to undefeated East Rochester.
His talents took him to the court of NCAA Division I Syracuse University as a walk on, where he scored 745 points from 1963-66. In 1969 he became a graduate assistant coach at Syracuse and coached the freshman team to a 16-2 record. He became a full time assistant in 1972 and took over the Head Coach position for the Orangemen in 1976. For the 28 years leading up to his induction, his coaching record was 676-234(.743) with his teams receiving 27 post-seasonal invitations (NIT or NCAA). His 23 NCAA appearances show 13 years attaining the Sweet Sixteen, three Final Fours and the 2003 NCAA National Collegiate Basketball Championship. He won the Big East Coach of the Year honors in 1984 and 1991.
He is actively involved with the Kidney Foundation, and the Coaches vs. Cancer Program. He is married and the father of four children.