Jim Boone has completed his sixth season as the head men’s basketball coach at Tusculum College.
Boone has over quarter of a century of collegiate coaching experience, including the last 25 years as a head coach. He has recorded 409 victories, including 316 wins in his 16 years at the NCAA Division II level. His 409 wins are currently ranked 28th amongst NCAA II active coaches. In his 16 seasons at the NCAA II level, his teams are averaging nearly 20 wins per year.
During the 2008-09 season, he guided the Pioneers to its first 20-win campaign in 16 years and first as a NCAA Division II member. Tusculum posted a 20-11 record, including 10-6 in the South Atlantic Conference to finish second in the league race.
Tusculum made a strong late season run, posting an eight-game winning streak, while advancing to the championship game of the SAC Tournament. Tusculum's late-season surge earned the program its second trip to the NCAA II Tournament and first at-large berth to the "Big Dance." The Pioneers nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament as Tusculum dropped a 62-60 decision to top-seeded and fourth-ranked Augusta State University. Tusculum fought back from a 17-point, second half deficit, coming up a bucket shy of completing the rally.
The following season, Tusculum posted a 16-12 record, including 10-6 in SAC play to finish as league runner-up for a second straight season. Over the past two years, TC has posted a 28-22 league record, the second-best conference mark of the SAC's member institutions.
Boone mentored one of the best players in school history in guard Kyle Moore. Moore scored over 1,800 points in his three seasons in a Pioneer uniform, while becoming the most prolific three-point shooter in South Atlantic Confernece history. Moore was named the SAC Player of the Year twice (2009, 2001) and was a two-time All-America selection. He was also named to the Daktronics and NABC All-Southeast Region squads in his last two Tusculum campaigns.
Over the last three seasons, the Pioneers led the South Atlantic Conference in scoring defense (63.4 ppg - 5,577 pts. in 88 games) and free throw percentage (.762, 1442-1892) each season.
In his first year in Greeneville, Boone guided the Pioneers to a 14-15 record, including the program’s third trip to the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament semifinal in four years.
While at Tusculum, Boone has mentored eight All-South Atlantic Conference selections, including Moore (three times). Douglas Tshomba, Chris Poore, Jordan Lear, Ryan Troutman and Rob Troutman. Poore was also the recipient of the prestigious SAC Scholar Athlete for Men’s Basketball Award in 2006-07.
Boone is a firm believer in the success of the student-athlete, both on and off the court. His teams at Tusculum continue to have one of best cumulative grade point averages amongst league schools.
His 228-71 record at the California University of Pennsylvania gives Boone a .763 winning percentage, which at the time was the second best success rate of active Division II coaches.
In his 10 seasons at California, Boone led the Vulcans to seven postseason appearances. California advanced to six NCAA Tournaments, posting an impressive 12-4 record, including a pair of NCAA Final Four appearances.
His 1992 team went 31-2 and was the No. 1 ranked team in the final NCAA II poll. That squad captured the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship and moved onto the first of two NCAA Final Fours.
Boone, a native of Winfield, W.Va., spent five seasons as the head coach at NCAA Division I Eastern Michigan University where he compiled a 48-96 mark. His squads continued to make progress each year during his tenure, including the Eagles 14-14 mark in 2002-03 an eight-win improvement from the season before.
Prior to coaching at EMU, he served four years as the head coach at Robert Morris University. He built the Colonials into a winner following seasons of 4-23 and 8-19, as he guided Robert Morris to a 15-12 mark in 1998-99 and 18-12 in 1999-00. That 2000 squad advanced to the NEC Championship Game and came up one step shy of advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
During his career, his teams have recorded 17 or more wins on 13 occasions, including six conference championships, four tournament titles and seven post season appearances.
From 1990-96, his California teams recorded over 20 victories for six consecutive years tallying an impressive 150-33 mark during that span. His 94-24 league record in the PSAC is still the best of any coach in that conference’s history.
He has been named PSAC Coach of the Year on three occasions (1988, 1992, 1996) and NCAA Region Coach Year twice (1992, 1996).
In 2005, Boone was inducted to the California University of Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Boone played his collegiate basketball at West Virginia State College where he was a four-year letterman. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from WVSC in 1981 and followed that with a MBA from the University of Kentucky in 1982 with a concentration in Marketing.
He began his coaching career at his alma mater where he served as the head assistant coach from 1982-85. Boone spent one season as the head assistant coach at Charleston Southern University as the Buccaneers won the 1986 Big South Conference Championship.
He is married to the former Stephanie VanVranken and they are the parents of two sons, Jimmy and Joey. Jimmy serves as a student assistant on the Pioneer coaching staff following a four-year playing career at Tusculum.
What They're Saying About Coach Boone:
"Jim Boone is an outstanding person and coach. Someone will be very fortunate to have Coach Boone run their program. With over 300 wins, Jim is someone of courage, ability and a tremendous leader."
2008 United States Olympic Team
"Coach Boone has established himself in the coaching community as one of the nation's premier teachers. I have tremendous respect for Coach Boone. He is an outstanding basketball coach, and his basketball programs are synonymous with excellence."
Arizona State University
"Basketball, as it is taught by Coach Boone, is a formula for success. Jim Boone does not just teach basketball, he teaches life lessons. He has developed a philosophy that exceeds the boundaries of offense and defense. Jim's programs have been yearly one of the nation's most successful on any level, and the primary reason, is because he brings an overriding purpose to everything he does. 'Commitment to Excellence,' is the credo that Jim has used to oversee the values and principles that govern his teams."
Former Head Coach
Louisiana State University
“Coach Boone’s knowledge of Motion Offense and his ability to teach it effectively is unparalleled. His teams are always fundamentally sound, extremely well coached and very, very good offensively.”
Northern State University
“No one, and I mean no one else does a better job of preparation, putting together a game plan, and then executing it than Coach Booone does with his teams. They were always the most prepared team we faced.”
Ball State University
Coach Jim Boone Year-by-Year
Year School Record Highlights
1986-87 California (Pa.) 17-12 PSAC West Champions/PSAC Runner-Up
1987-88 California (Pa.) 25-6 PSAC Champion/NCAA Region Finals
1988-89 California (Pa.) 18-10 None
1989-90 California (Pa.) 18-10 ECAC Tournament
1990-91 California (Pa.) 21-7 PSAC West Champions/PSAC Tournament
1991-92 California (Pa.) 31-2 PSAC Champion/NCAA Final Four
1992-93 California (Pa.) 23-6 PSAC West Champs/PSAC Runner-Up/NCAA Tournament
1993-94 California (Pa.) 25-5 PSAC Champion/NCAA East Region Finals
1994-95 California (Pa.) 23-7 PSAC Runner-Up/NCAA East Region Finals
1995-96 California (Pa.) 27-6 PSAC Champion/NCAA Final Four
1996-97 Robert Morris 4-23 NEC Tournament
1997-98 Robert Morris 8-19 NEC Tournament Quarterfinal
1998-99 Robert Morris 15-12 NEC Tournament Quarterfinal
1999-00 Robert Morris 18-12 NEC Championship Game
2000-01 Eastern Michigan 3-25 MAC Tournament
2001-02 Eastern Michigan 6-24 MAC Tournament
2002-03 Eastern Michigan 14-14 MAC Tournament
2003-04 Eastern Michigan 13-15 MAC Tournament
2004-05 Eastern Michigan 12-18 MAC Tournament
2005-06 Tusculum 14-15 SAC Tournament Semifinal
2006-07 Tusculum 13-15 SAC Tournament Quarterfinal
2007-08 Tusculum 13-15 SAC Tournament Quarterfinal
2008-09 Tusculum 20-11 SAC Tournament Runner-Up/NCAA Tournament
2009-10 Tusculum 16-12 SAC Tournament Quarterfinal
2010-11 Tusculum 12-17 SAC Tournament Semifinal
24-year Head Coaching Record: 409-319
15-year NCAA Division II Record: 316-157
Record at Tusculum: 88-86