Jim Phelan

Career Record:830-524
  • 1954 - 2003
  • Mount St. Mary's University
  • 830-524

Jim Phelan won 830 games in 49 seasons at Mount St. Mary’s, the longest tenure at one school and the second-most all-time to Phog Allen’s 50 seasons. He led the Mountaineers to the Division II national championship in 1962 and four other Final Four appearances.

After Mount St. Mary’s moved to Division I, Phelan led them to two NCAA tournament appearances.The Northeast Conference named their coach of the year award after him and he was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. Coaches around the country honored him when he announced his retirement by wearing a bow tie, Phelan’s sideline trademark.

830 wins (14th most all time)


1,354 games coached (4th most all time)


5 Final Fours


16 NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances


2 NCAA Division I Tournament Appearances


2 Championship games coached
1962 NCAA Division II Champions

1962 National Coach of the Year


National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008

In 2003, Collegeinsider.com renamed its coach of year award the "Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award"


Mount Saint Mary's University renamed its court "Jim Phelan Court", complete with his years coached and his signature bow tie painted on each end of the court


The Northeast Conference Coach of the Year award is named after Jim Phelan.

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