Basketball Coaches Magee and Shirley Reach 1,500 Combined Coaching Milestone

Philadelphia University men’s basketball coach Herb Magee and women’s basketball coach Tom Shirley reached 1,500 combined NCAA victories Tuesday, Nov. 16 as the men’s team defeated St. Thomas Aquinas College 66-60.

The Magee and Shirley duo are the second winningest combination in collegiate basketball today, second only to the University of Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma and Jim Calhoun, who carried 1,558 wins into the start of the 2010-11 season.

A ceremony commemorating the 1,500 milestone will be held at 5:45 p.m. prior to the start of the women’s basketball season home opener on Thursday, Nov. 18 in The Gallagher Center against Washington Adventist University.

Ram Fans who received a ticket at the men’s game Saturday, Nov. 13 for a free, commemorative T-shirt: attend the game Thursday at 5:45. T-shirts will be given out at the game.

A Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame nominee, Coach Magee is the winningest coach with all 908 wins in NCAA men’s basketball. Magee has been at PhilaU as a player, assistant coach and head coach for a combined 51 years.

Shirley, the winningest active women’s basketball coach in the city of Philadelphia (by victories), is on par to reach 600 career wins this season (he currently has 592).  He is also one of the winningest NCAA DII coaches, ranked #4 by victories among active coaches and #6 by victories all-time. He begins his 22nd year as head coach at PhilaU this season, and 30th year overall as a collegiate coach.

In Tuesday night’s men’s basketball victory, sophomore guard Jim Connolly led all scorers with 20 points, adding five boards and four assists for good measure. The men’s team competes next at the Wolf Line Bus Tournament, hosted by Shippensburg on Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20.

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