Lute Olson

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Robert Luther "Lute" Olson (September 22, 1934 – August 27, 2020) was an American Hall of Fame basketball coach. He was born in Mayville, North Dakota.

He was also honored in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (2006) and re-inducted in the class of 2019.[1]

He was the head coach of the University of Arizona's men's team for 25 years. He was also head coach at the University of Iowa for nine years and California State University, Long Beach for one season.

On October 23, 2008, Olson announced his retirement from coaching.[2][3]

Olson died on August 27, 2020 under hospice care in Tucson, Arizona from stroke-related problems at the age of 85.[4]

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  1. "National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Announced". http://halloffameweekend.com.com. 2019-04-02. Retrieved 2019-04-02. External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. "Lute Olson Announces He Will Retire: Hall of Fame coach closes spectacular career". ArizonaAthletics.com. 2008-10-23. Archived from the original on 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  3. "Olson retires after 25 seasons, four Final Fours at Arizona". ESPN.com. 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  4. Hall of Fame basketball coach Lute Olson dies at 85