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Earlier this year, to much fanfare, Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski achieved his 1000th win as a college basketball coach. Somewhere, a clever headline writer tweaked Coach K into Coach 1K.
However, with significantly less fanfare, another college basketball coach passed that same milestone this year. Herb Magee won his 1,000th game as a coach of Division II Philadelphia University back in February, making him and Krzyzewski the only two coaches in men’s college basketball history to accomplish that feat.
Magee’s 1000th victory came in a 80-60 win over Post University. Like I said, Magee didn’t get a lot of attention for this feat, and he richly deserves some.
Herb Magee was born on June 20, 1941, and 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 then went on to play for Philadelphia University (then known as Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science). In his time as a player at Philadelphia University, Magee scored 2,235 points and led the Rams to 75 victories.
Magee was a two-time All-American and was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1963. However, a hand injury derailed his pro career, so he returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach. When head coach Buckey Harris retired in 1967, Magee became head coach at the age of 25.
Known as the “Shot Doctor,” Magee s entering his 48th year as head coach, and his 56th year as either a player or coach at Philadelphia University.
Despite the fact you’ve never heard of him, Magee has been well-recognized by the basketball world. He was named the Kodak District Coach of the Year and New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1993, and again in 1994. He has also 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 led the Rams to the College Division National Championship in 1970.
Coach Magee was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2008, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1979. He’s been included in the Philadelphia University and West Catholic High School Halls of Fame. He coached the Olympic Festive team along with John Calipari and was co-coach of the Year in the Mideast Collegiate Conference (twice). The National Aassociation of Basketball Coaches honored him with the Guardian of the Game Award. Coach Magee was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters at Philadelphia University’s 125th Commencement on May 17, 2009. On August 12, 2011, Magee became a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011.
To me, the most amazing thing about Herb Magee is how he got the nickname “Shot Doctor.” Not only did Magee have an innate ability to teach shot-making, he was known to open his shooting clinics by walking onto the court without any warmup and hitting 25 in a row from the top of the key.
I bet Mike Krzyzewski couldn’t do that.