Jim Phelan

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Jim Phelan, Mount St. Mary's 

In his illustrious 49-year career at Mount St. Mary’s, Jim Phelan led the Mountaineers, to 16 NCAA Division II Tournaments, five (5) Final Fours, two (2) National Championship games and the 1962 NCAA Division II National Championship (College Division, at the time). Phelan was a two-time NABC Division II Coach of the Year, in 1962 and 1981. At the time of his retirement in 2003, his 830 wins and 1,354 games coached were the most wins and games coached in four-year college basketball history. Phelan won a remarkable 61.3% of his games in 49 seasons.

The Northeast Conference Coach of the Year award is named after Jim Phelan, and in 2003, Collegeinsider.com renamed its coach of year award the "Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award".  Mount Saint Mary's University has also renamed its court "Jim Phelan Court".  In 2008, Phelan was inducted into the National ­College Basketball Hall of Fame.