Mount St. Mary's University is pleased to announce that the basketball court at Knott Arena will be named in honor of legendary men's basketball coach Jim Phelan, who coached an NCAA record 49 seasons at the Mount. The ceremony will take place prior to the 7:00 p.m. tip-off of the Mount's home opener against James Madison on Tuesday, November 14th.
Phelan guided the Mount to the 1962 NCAA College Division National Championship and is fourth all-time in NCAA Division I with 830 career victories. He holds NCAA records for seasons coached at one school (49) and all-time games coached (1,354). He guided the Mount to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, including bids to the 1995 and 1999 NCAA Division I Tournaments. He also led the Mount to a bid to the 1996 National Invitation Tournament.
He earned NCAA College Division Coach of the Year honors in 1962 and was the 1981 NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year after guiding the team to the 1981 Division II Championship game. He also led the Mount to the Division II Final Four in 1985.
For his career, Phelan posted a record of 830-524 with nineteen 20-win seasons at the Mount in a career that spanned from 1954-2003. He retired at the conclusion of the 2003 season.
The Northeast Conference has named its coach of the year award after Phelan as has collegeinsider.com, which has named its national coach of the year award for Phelan.
For tickets to the Mount vs. James Madison game, contact the Mount St. Mary's Ticket Office at 301-447-5700.