Former Arizona basketball head coach Lute Olson has been hospitalized, according to a statement from the program. The 84-year-old Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer suffered a minor stroke.
Olson was the head coach of the Wildcats from 1983-2008, following stints at Long Beach State and Iowa. He led Arizona to four Final Fours and the 1997 national championship.
For his career, Olson reached five Final Fours and compiled an overall record of 781-280. Arizona erected a statue of him outside the McKale Center, and the court at the on-campus arena is named after Olson and his late wife Bobbi.
“Coach Olson is not only an icon of our men’s basketball program and all of college basketball, but he is also an embodiment of greatness to Arizona Athletics, the University of Arizona and the Tucson community,” read Arizona’s statement about his stroke. “Our thoughts are with Coach Olson, his family and loved ones during this time.”
Arizona statement on Lute Olson pic.twitter.com/UKymQgb2cW
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) February 19, 2019
Current Arizona head coach Sean Miller also released a statement on Olson.
— Arizona Basketball (@APlayersProgram) February 19, 2019
Olson is a basketball legend and a coaching icon. His accomplishments speak for themselves.
We wish him the best and hope he makes a swift and full recovery.