Tarkanian Elected into Basketball Hall of Fame
April 8, 2013
ATLANTA --- Former Fresno State men's basketball coach and player Jerry Tarkanian has been elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a part of the 2013 class.
Tarkanian, who coached at Fresno State from 1995-02, led Fresno State to the postseason in each of his seven seasons with the Bulldogs.
With a 104-79 overall record coaching the 'Dogs, Tarkanian ranks third all-time for most wins by a Fresno State head men's basketball coach behind Boyd Grant (194) and Ed Gregory (172).
"We congratulate Coach Jerry Tarkanian, an alumnus and former Bulldogs coach, on his upcoming induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame," Fresno State President Dr. John Welty said. "He has demonstrated excellent coaching skills and a commitment to his players over the many years he coached basketball. We wish Jerry all the best."
While at Fresno State, Tarkanian battled with then-Kansas coach Roy Williams for the top spot in winning percentage among active coaches, separated by thousandths of a point. He finished fourth on the all-time win percentage list.
Tarkanian coached at UNLV for 19 seasons and Long Beach State for five seasons. He finished with a Division I coaching record of 729-201.
During his over 30-year coaching career, he led teams to four appearances in the NCAA Final Four (UNLV in 1977, 1987, 1990 and 1991), one national championship (UNLV in 1989-90) and owned a 38-18 record in 18 NCAA tournament appearances.
"We are gratified and very pleased upon learning of the selection of Coach Jerry Tarkanian into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame," Fresno State Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh said. "Fresno State and the Red Wave, along with the communities of Long Beach and Las Vegas, will long celebrate his extraordinary success and innovation on the basketball court. We wish Coach Tarkanian hardy congratulations for this prestigious honor."
Both Aug. 8, 1930, in Euclid, Ohio, Tarkanian attended Pasadena City College before transferring to Fresno State, where he played for the Bulldogs' basketball team in 1954 and 1955. He later earned his master's degree with honors in educational management from the University of Redlands.
Following his graduation from Fresno State, he started coaching in 1956 at San Joaquin Memorial High School. He also coached at Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, Calif. (1958) and Redlands (Calif.) High School (1959-60) prior to moving to Riverside (Calif.) City College for the 1961-62 season.
Tarkanian made his first mark at Riverside when in five seasons at Riverside, Tarkanian led his teams to a 143-22 record and three consecutive state junior college championships. He then moved to Pasadena City College (1967-68), leading the Lancers to a 67-4 record and a state title. His seven-year junior college winning percentage of .891 (212-26) is the best at that level.
"Jerry Tarkanian is one of the true legends in the coaching profession. He has been successful at so many different levels in college basketball and his induction to the Hall of Fame is yet another accomplishment in Coach Tarkanian's illustrious career," Fresno State Head Men's Basketball Coach Rodney Terry said.
"The Hall of Fame is proud to recognize this distinguished group of coaches, players and contributors to the game of basketball," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "Each person in this group has rightfully earned their spot in the Hall of Fame and we look forward to honoring them in Springfield during this Enshrinement Ceremonies in September."
To be elected, finalists required 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The addition of the direct elect committees were incorporated into the election process to maintain a strong focus on keeping history on the forefront of the voting procedures and to preserve a balance between two eras of basketball. The Class of 2013 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass. on Sunday, September 8.
"The Class of 2013 is one of the most distinguished groups that the Hall of Fame has ever inducted at one time," said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board. "These individuals span decades of the game and have impacted the sport on every level."
In March of 1999, Tarkanian was inducted into the California Community College Sports Hall of Fame with a class that included Jill Angel (Orange Coast College), George Stanich, (Sacramento City College) and Bill Walsh (College of San Mateo).
Tarkanian and his wife, Lois, also a Fresno State graduate, have four children, Pamela, Jodie, Danny and George.
Ticket packages to the 2013 Enshrinement Ceremony and all Enshrinement Events are on sale now and available by calling the Hall of Fame at (413) 231-5540.
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