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Jim Valvano Timeline

Born:    March 10, 1946 in New York City
Died: April 28, 1993
1963: Seaford High School
1964-67: Rutgers University, Degree in English 
Senior Athlete of the Year-1967
Led Scarlet Knights to 3rd place finish in NIT
Rutgers’ 21st highest scorer with 1,122 points
1968-69: Head Basketball Coach Johns Hopkins (10-9)
Led the school to its first winning season in 24 years
1972-75: Head Basketball Coach Bucknell University (33-42)
1975-80: Head Basketball Coach Iona College
Finished with 99-47 record with two NCAA appearances
1980-90: Head Men’s Basketball Coach NC State University (209-114)
1983: N.C. State won the ACC Tournament and the NCAA
National Basketball Championship
1986: Named Athletic Director of N.C. State University
1990: Signed with ABC/ESPN as Basketball Commentator/Analyst
1992: January: Won Cable ACE Award for Commentator/Analyst for NCAA Basketball broadcasts
6/1992: Diagnosed with terminal cancer
11/1992: Returned to ESPN calling color commentary during pre-season NIT.
3/1993: Received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at ESPN’s first American Sports Awards-the ESPYs. Announced with the assistance of ESPN the formation of The V Foundation for Cancer Research.
1993: Died of metastatic cancer of unknown primary origin.
1993: Inducted into Rutgers’ Basketball Hall of Fame.
1999 Inducted into Hall of Distinguished Alumni at Rutgers University.
1999: Inducted into The New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.


Jim Valvano was 346-210 in 19 seasons as an NCAA head coach. During his tenure, he appeared in eight NCAA Tournaments and won a National Championship with North Carolina State University in 1983. Jim was twice voted ACC Coach of the Year.