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Encyclopedia > Jim Valvano
Jim Valvano
Date of birth March 10, 1946
Place of birth New York City, New York
Date of death April 28, 1993
Sport Basketball
College North Carolina State University
Title Head coach
Overall Record 209–114 (.647)
Awards Arthur Ashe Award for Courage
Cable ACE Award for Commentator/Analyst
Championships
  won
1983
Coaching positions
1980–1989 NC State

James Thomas Anthony Valvano (March 10, 1946April 28, 1993), nicknamed Jimmy V, was an American college basketball coach. March 10 is the 69th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (70th in leap years). ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... New York, New York redirects here. ... April 28 is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 247 days remaining. ... el 18 de mayo nacio claudia // 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... March 10 is the 69th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (70th in leap years). ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... April 28 is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 247 days remaining. ... el 18 de mayo nacio claudia // 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ...


While the head coach at North Carolina State University, he won the 1983 NCAA National Championship. One of the more iconic moments in college basketball history is Valvano running up and down the court after the championship game, seemingly in disbelief and looking for someone to hug. North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ... See also: 1982 in sports, other events of 1983, 1984 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Bobby Allison Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Al Unser won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Tom Sneva Formula One Championship - Nelson... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... // Final four redirects here. ...

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Family

One of Rocco and Angela Valvano's boisterous offspring, Jim Valvano was married for 25 years to his high school sweetheart, Pamela Levine; they had three daughters: Nicole, Jamie, and Lee Ann.


Education

Valvano attended Seaford High School on Long Island, NY, and graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in English in 1967. Map showing Long Island; to the north is Connecticut and to the west are New York City and New Jersey. ... Rutgers redirects here. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ...


College playing career

Valvano was a star point guard at Rutgers University in 1967, where he partnered with first-team All American Bob Lloyd to form the best backcourt in the school's history. Under the leadership of Valvano and Lloyd, Rutgers finished third at the 1967 NIT Tournament, which was the last basketball tournament held at the old Madison Square Garden at 50th Street and Eighth Avenue. Jim was named Senior Athlete of the Year at Rutgers in 1967. Rutgers redirects here. ... NIT or Nit or nit or Nits can refer to:- A common name for various types of lice eggs. ...


Coaching career

Valvano's 19-year career as a head basketball coach included stops at Johns Hopkins, Bucknell, Iona, and North Carolina State. He had a career record of 346-212. Valvano was twice voted ACC coach of the year. His teams won ACC Championships in 1983 and 1987, and an NCAA Title in 1983. The 1983 team was one of two national championships for NC State. In addition to his coaching duties, he became NC State's athletics director in 1986. The Johns Hopkins University is an internationally prestigious private institution of higher learning located in Baltimore, Maryland. ... Bucknell University is a private university located along the Susquehanna River in the rolling countryside of Central Pennsylvania in the town of Lewisburg, 60 miles (97 km) north of Harrisburg. ... Iona College is located in New Rochelle, New York. ... North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ...


In 1990, accusations of rules violations, originally surfacing in the book Personal Fouls by Peter Golenbock, led to his resignation after two state newspapers and the N.C. State student paper called for his ouster. A 1989 NCAA investigation had cleared Valvano but found that players had illegally sold shoes and game tickets (over 650 instances) and as a result, the basketball program was placed on probation for two years and banned from participating in the 1990 NCAA tournament. Also, a state-appointed Poole Commission issued a 32-page report that concluded that Valvano and his coaching staff circumvented rules so they could keep players eligible. After this report came out Valvano had been forced to resign as the schools' athletic director in October, 1989. In addition to Valvano's woes with the NCAA and his own University, ABC News, citing unidentified sources, reported that as many as four N.C. State players, including star forward Charles Shackleford, conspired to hold down the scores of four games in return for cash payments from a New Jersey contractor during the 1987-88 season. ABC said that one of the games was against Wake Forest on March 6, 1988. State defeated Wake Forest by four points after being favored by 16. According to Shackleford's lawyer and agent, Sal DiFazio, Shackleford never shaved points, although he admitted taking $65,000 from two men-one of whom was identified by ABC as the key figure in the point-shaving scheme-while playing for the Wolfpack. (Los Angeles Times, 3/3/90)


During Valvano's ten-year tenure as head coach at North Carolina State he gained a reputation for having miniscule graduation rates among his players as only 3 of his recruits ended up graduating from the University. One of the players recruited by Valvano, Chris Washburn, scored 470 on his Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) before being permitted to enroll (400 is the minum possible score). Washburn was later thrown out of school for stealing a fellow student's stereo.


Valvano's version of these events can be found in his 1991 autobiography, Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead. Despite these incidents, Valvano is still considered by some to be one of the best coaches in the history of college basketball. Cover of An autobiography, from the Greek auton, self, bios, life and graphein, write, is a biography written by the subject or composed conjointly with a collaborative writer (styled as told to or with). The term dates from the late eighteenth century, but the form is much older. ...


Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi was Valvano’s role model. Valvano read some of Lombardi’s books and tried to coach like Lombardi. Valvano told an ESPY audience, on March 4, 1993, that he took some of Lombardi’s inspirational speeches out of his book “Commitment to Excellence” and used it on his team. Valvano discussed how he planned to use Lombardi's speech to the Green Bay Packers in front of his Rutgers freshman basketball team prior to his first game as a coach. This led to Valvano accidentally telling his Rutgers basketball players this: Vincent Thomas Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was one of the most successful coaches in the history of American football. ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950...


Finally I said, "Gentlemen, all eyes on me." These kids wanted to play, they're 19. "Let's go," I said. "Gentlemen, we'll be successful this year if you can focus on three things, and three things only: Your family, your religion, and the Green Bay Packers."


Championship Game

Valvano's famous reaction after the Wolfpack victory came after the game-winning shot in the NCAA finals. Dereck Whittenburg heaved a last-second airball that was caught and dunked by Lorenzo Charles as time expired. NC State beat a heavily favored Houston squad that featured future NBA stars Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon and Clyde “The Glide” Drexler 54-52. This was NC State’s second National Championship in college basketball. Lorenzo Emile Charles, nicknamed Zo (born November 25, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York), is an American former college and professional basketball player. ... The University of Houston, formerly University of Houston–University Park, is a comprehensive doctoral degree-granting university[1] located in Houston, Texas. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American former National Basketball Association shooting guard. ...


Broadcasting

After his coaching career, Valvano became a popular broadcaster for ESPN and ABC. In 1992, he won a Cable ACE Award for Commentator/Analyst for NCAA basketball broadcasts. From time to time he was paired with basketball analyst Dick Vitale, both of whom had similar enthusiasm and similar raspy-sounding voices. Together they were called "The Killer V's" (a play on "killer bees"). The two even had a cameo appearance, as professional movers, on an episode of The Cosby Show. Note: broadcasting is also the old term for hand sowing. ... ESPN (which formerly stood for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... The CableACE Award was an award that was given from 1978 to 1997 to honor excellence in American cable television programing. ... Richard J. Dick Vitale, also known as Dickie V,Dukie V and Mr. ... The term killer bees may refer to: The Africanized bee. ... The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom that ran from 1984 to 1992. ...


ESPY speech

Shortly before his death, he spoke at the inaugural ESPY Awards, presented by ESPN, on March 4, 1993. While accepting the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award, he announced the creation of the "V Foundation", an organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. He announced that the foundation's motto would be "Don't give up. Don't ever give up." During his speech, the teleprompter stated that he had 30 seconds to which Valvano responded "They got that screen flashing 30 seconds, like I care about that screen. I got tumors all over my body and I'm supposed to be worried about some screen flashing 30 seconds" His speech has become legendary, and he closed the speech by saying, "Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever. I thank you and God bless you all." One thing Valvano also said in the speech that many remember most are the following words: The 10th Anniversary ESPY Award. ... March 4 is the 63rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (64th in leap years). ... el 18 de mayo nacio claudia // 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Arthur Ashe (1943-1993) Country: United States Height: 185 cm (6 ft 1 in) Weight: 73 kg (160 lb) Plays: Right Turned pro: 1966 Retired: 1980 Highest singles ranking: 1 (1968 and 1975) Singles titles: 34 Career prize money: $2,584,909 Grand Slam Record Titles: 3 Australian Open W...


"To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. No. 1 is laugh. You should laugh every day. No. 2 is think. You should spend some time in thought. And No. 3 is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special."


Valvano received a lengthy standing ovation. He died of cancer less than two months later. [see below]


Out of Basketball Career

Valvano created JTV enterprises (his own corporation) to oversee many of his entrepreneurial endeavors. He gave hundreds of motivational speeches across the country and was granted guest spots on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, and The Cosby Show. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947 is an award-winning American television personality, late night talk show host, television producer, Indy Racing League car owner and philanthropist. ... The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom that ran from 1984 to 1992. ...


Death

Valvano died at the age of 47 after a yearlong battle with cancer. He is interred at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, North Carolina. Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these cells to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... Image:H Oakwood Cemetery. ... Nickname: City of Oaks Motto: You Can See the Whole State from Here Map of Wake County, North Carolina Coordinates: Country United States State North Carolina County Wake County Founded 1792 Government  - Mayor Charles Meeker (D) Area  - City  115. ...


Legacy

A 1996 TV-movie titled Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story, starred Anthony LaPaglia as Valvano. In 1993, Valvano was inducted into the Rutgers' Basketball Hall of Fame. Later in 1999, Valvano was inducted into both the Hall of Distinguished Alumni at Rutgers University and the Springfield, Massachusetts, Basketball Hall of Fame. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Telefilm redirects here. ... Anthony LaPaglia (born 31 January 1959) (pronounced ) is an Australian actor, best known for his role as FBI agent Jack Malone on the American TV series Without a Trace, a role which won him a Golden Globe Award. ... The Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ...


V Foundation

The V Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find a cure for cancer. The foundation seeks to make a difference by generating broad-based support for cancer research and by creating an urgent awareness among all Americans of the importance of the war against cancer. The V Foundation performs these dual roles through advocacy, education, fundraising and philanthropy. Motto of the foundation is “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up”. The Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic is held every year in August at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, North Carolina. Every year, four men's college basketball teams compete in the "Jimmy V Basketball Classic". Recently, a women's game was added to the line-up. With each telecast of the event, ESPN plays videos of Valvano's life, basketball career, and ESPYs speech. To date, The V Foundation has raised over $60 million for cancer research. Nickname: Technology Town of North Carolina Location of Cary shown within North Carolina Coordinates: Country United States State North Carolina County Wake County Founded 1750 Incorporated April 6, 1871  - Mayor Ernie McAlister Area    - City 112. ...


Quotes

  • "To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. No. 1 is laugh. You should laugh every day. No. 2 is think. You should spend some time in thought. And No. 3 is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.
  • "Don't give up. Don't ever give up."
  • "Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever. I thank you and God bless you all."

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Preceded by
Norm Sloan
NC State Men's Basketball Head Coaches
19811990
Succeeded by
Les Robinson

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Valvano was a star point guard at Rutgers University in 1967, where he partnered with first-team All American Bob Lloyd to form the best backcourt in the school's history.
Under the leadership of Valvano and Lloyd, Rutgers finished third at the 1967 NIT Tournament, which was the last basketball tournament held at the old Madison Square Garden at 50th Street and Eighth Avenue.
Valvano told an ESPY audience, on March 4, 1993, that he took some of Lombardi’s inspirational speeches out of his book “Commitment to Excellence” and used it on his team.
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On March 4, 1993, Jim Valvano was awarded the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award at the first annual ESPY Awards.
Jim Valvano was 346-212 in 19 seasons as an NCAA head coach.
Valvano is remembered for running up and down the court after winning the 1983 NCAA championship, seemingly in disbelief and looking for someone to hug.
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