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Remembering Lute Olson
From his statue outside of McKale Center to being the namesake of the award given to the nation’s top Division I player in NCAA, the University of Arizona’s legendary coach, Lute Olson’s impact can be felt from across the entire nation.
But on Aug. 27, the entire basketball world came to a standstill after the North Dakota native passed away at the age of 85.
News 4 Tucson remembers the life of Olson and his impact on the world through a collection of stories, videos and photographs taken throughout his 85 years on this world.
Memories About A Legend
|Name (First)||Name (Last)||Share your favorite memory about Coach Olson||Entry Date|
|Gabe||Molina||My one opportunity when I got to meet Coach O was when I was a contractor for SWG. He was there for a special event and there were tons of people who wanted to meet him. I patiently waited for my opportunity. One of the supervisors came up to me and asked me if I was waiting to meet the coach. I said that I was and she walked over to Coach O and whispered in his ear. He told the individual that he was talking with to hold on a minute and he immediately came over to me. He introduced himself and talkEd to me for a few minutes before my photo opportunity. This is the moment I will cherish from the greatest basketball coaches of all time.||8/30/2020 17:54|
|Ray||Sandler||My wife and I’m met Coach and Bobbi prior to a Wildcat football game while I was a student. He was warm and friendly. His willingness to talk with anyone who came up to him is something I will never forget. He was not only a great coach but a genuinely warm person and a class act. He made an impression on any person he met. Rest in peace, Lute and who the team in heaven into shape.||8/28/2020 22:28|
|DeAun||Nieto||Coach Olson took the time to stop and take a picture with my basketball crazed son. Noah had just taken part in the Lute Olson tournament at Sporting Chance. This is a special memory because Noah passed away this June from Chondroblastic Osteosarcoma. Basketball was the biggest love in his life and the Wildcats and Coach Olson’s history were a big part of that.||8/28/2020 18:15|
|Patti||Gibson||I remember when the Wildcats won the National Championship in 1997. I loved the whole team and Lute. I was sitting on my couch, so happy I couldn’t stop crying. Loved when Bennett Davidson messed up Lute’s hair!||8/28/2020 17:23|
|Toni||Allen||My husband and I are Wildcat alums and were at the U of A during Coach Olson’s reign. So many fun, exciting and cherished memories of Wildcat basketball including the national championship. He was bigger than life and such a beloved part of Tucson. While I never met him, a favorite memory was when attending church. As we all stood to greet one another, I turned around and was a bit startled as Lute was right behind me and got to shake his hand. RIP in peace Lute. Tell Bobbie we miss her too!❤️||8/28/2020 17:13|
|Bryon||Binkley||Watching UOfA win the championship thanks for the memories||8/28/2020 17:10|
|Jose||Vasquez||We Coach Lute just the fact that he put us on the college basketball MAP FOREVER!!
THANK YOU R.I.P GO WILDCATS!!!
|Joaquin||Lopez||REST IN PEACE,
A true Tucson Icon who brought Unity, Respect, and Commitment to the Community and the Sport.
|Michael J.||Fox||In the championship season 1997 playoffs I “had” to visit Maui on a vacation. Of course I followed the Cats as they knocked off team after team. I had a hard time thinking that they would beat Kansas and its powerful team. The game was on the radio and I almost crashed the car I was driving as I heard the final minutes of that game when the Cats won. I had to pull over so I did not crash, I was so excited.
Amazing… amazing… the Arizona teams and of course the great coach. Lute will never be forgotten. Never! RIP from an appreciative Wildcat fan.
|Heywood||Jablowme||Bringing a national championship to Tucson in 1997. One of the best moments in the city’s history.||8/28/2020 13:28|
|Ricky||Vazquez||I had the honor of meeting Lute at an event hosted by Mr. An. Lute was nothing short of genuine and humble. May he Rest In Peace.||8/28/2020 13:15|
|Tony||Garcia||Thank you for all the winning memories coach!!! As u stare down from heaven may u continue ur classy winning ways!!! GO CATS!!!! MAY YOU REST IN PEACE COACH!!!||8/28/2020 13:12|
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