2010 Inductee

Denny Crum

Denny Crum

One of college basketball's all-time greatest coaches, Denny Crum honed his basketball skills on the courts of Pierce College before moving into the coaching world. Crum attended San Fernando High School and went on to become an integral part of the Pierce men's basketball team from 1954-56. After finishing his playing days at Pierce, Denny transferred to UCLA, where he played for legendary coach John Wooden, from 1956-58.

After graduating from UCLA in 1958, Denny spent one season as the Bruin freshman coach, before returning to Pierce to coach at his alma mater. After four successful seasons with the Brahmas, Crum returned to UCLA as Wooden's top assistant.

In 1971, the University of Louisville offered Denny the opportunity to be the Head Coach of Menís Basketball. He served as the Head Basketball Coach from 1971 to 2001. Since moving to Louisville, he has become of one the most successful and well-reputed coaches in college sports today.

Denny is ranked 20th in Career wins at 675. He led his teams to 12 conference championships. Coach Crum led several successful teams. Out of twenty nine seasons, twenty one of them celebrated at least twenty victories. His winning teams have appeared in the NCAA tournament twenty three times. Coach Crum has coached his teams to six Final Four appearances and two national championships in 1980 and 1986. At the time, he was one of only three active coaches to win two or more championships, along with the University of Indiana's Bob Knight and Duke University's Mike Krzyzewski.

In 1994 Denny Crum was inducted into The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which is a rare honor. He was one of only two active coaches, along with Indiana's Knight, to receive this honor.