‘Living Legend,’ Coach Herb Magee Honored by Philadelphia Sports Writers Association

Hall of Fame men’s basketball Coach Herb Magee received another impressive honor on Jan. 30 to add to a long list of awards, accepting the 2012 “Living Legend” award from the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.

Magee was honored with other distinguished guests, including Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence as well as Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., among others.

The award ceremony was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, N.J., where the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association paid tribute to some of Philadelphia’s greatest sports figures.

Magee — who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last August — is the winningest coach in NCAA men’s basketball history. He surpassed Bobby Knight (902) wins on Feb. 23, 2010, and has since held the record for most wins in any NCAA division.

Among Magee’s other honors are a national championship as a coach with the Rams in 1970, induction into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, Philadelphia University Athletic Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Philadelphia Area Small College Hall of Fame, and the West Catholic High School Hall of Fame. Magee also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Philadelphia University in 2009.

As a player for the University, Magee was a two-time All-American guard and graduated in 1963 as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,235 points. He was selected 62nd overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1963 NBA Draft, but decided to stay at his alma mater to coach.

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