Wiki Wednesday ~ June 5, 2008 (a day late)

Over at Verbatim, Karen has a great little game for Wednesday’s.  Wiki Wednesday!  I thought I would start playing along.

Time to learn something!

1. Go to Wikipedia.
2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.
3. Post it!

Here’s what I got this week:

Herb Mageeis a Division II men’s college basketball coach. He is currently in his 40th year at his alma mater, Philadelphia University. During his lengthy coaching career he has amassed an impressive 855-339 win/loss record. He ranks fifth all-time as a men’s college basketball coach. He ranks second to Don Meyer for most wins among active men’s coaches.

As a five-foot-ten inch, 150-pound college player, he scored an amazing 2,235 points, leading his team to 75 victories. Magee was a two-time All-American and drafted by the Boston Celtics, but chose to pass up the NBA for a college coaching career.

Now in his 39th season as head coach at Philadelphia University, Coach Magee is ranked 8th all-time in NCAA coaching victories with over 800 wins. His career includes twenty-one post season tournaments and a NCAA Division II National Championship.

His exploits as a coach have not gone unnoticed, as his list of awards and achievements can attest. The Kodak District Coach of the Year in 1993, Magee was also tabbed New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year that season and again in 1994. In addition, he has been honored as regional Coach of the Year four times, national Coach of the Year twice, and Co-Coach of the Year in the Mideast Collegiate Conference twice. He was also inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.

Herb Magee has coached over 30 1,000-point scorers and 10 All-Americans. For over thirty years, he has been nationally renowned as a shooting instructor in demand at basketball camps and clinics and he has tutored professional ball players from the Pacers, Kings, Nets, Spurs and 76ers. One player who Magee has coached is Sebastian Telfair. He ranks third behind Steve Alford as one the top three shooting coaches(Dave Hopla, Steve Alford, Herb Magee) in the USA. He has released two popular videotapes/DVDs.

Magee played his high school basketball at Philadelphia’s famed West Catholic High, where his teammates included former Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Jim Lynam and former St. Joseph’s coach Jim Boyle. Magee received a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Philadelphia University in 1963 and a Master’s in Education from St. Joseph’s Universityin 1969. Magee and his wife, Geri, live in Berwyn, PA.

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