Philadelphia University Basketball Coaches Go for 1,500 Wins

Philadelphia University Basketball Coaches Go for 1,500 Wins

Tom Shirley Show (radio interview)

Herb Magee Show (radio interview)

Philadelphia, PA- With their first win this season, Philadelphia University men’s basketball coach Herb Magee and women’s basketball coach Tom Shirley will reach 1,500 combined victories, cementing the duo as one of the top men’s and women’s coaching tandems in the nation. 

Only the University of Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma (women) and Jim Calhoun (men) currently have more NCAA wins (1,558). 

The first potential date for this milestone could come this Saturday (11/13) in a home game for the men’s team vs. Kutztown University at 2 p.m. at the Gallagher Athletic Center.  If not Saturday, the next PhilaU contest is a men’s game away at St. Thomas Aquinas College on Tuesday (11/16) at 7 p.m. 

Magee/Shirley currently have 1,499 wins after successful 2009-10 campaigns, pushing them ahead of some of the most recognizable names in collegiate basketball including the University of Tennessee’s Pat Summit (women) and Bruce Pearl (men) who have a combined 1,480 victories and the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill’s Roy Williams (men) and Sylvia Hatchell (women) with 1,445 successes. 

A Philadelphia hoops legend, PhilaU’s Coach Magee is the winningest coach with all 907 wins in NCAA men’s basketball heading into the 2010-11 season. On the all-time list (DI-III), he surpassed Bobby Knight, Dean Smith and Adolph Rupp last year to become the winningest coach in NCAA victories, regardless of division.    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.