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Lefty Driesell

Men's Basketball Coach

Davidson College, 1960-69

2011 Southern Conference Hall of Fame Inductee


Their success in the decade of the Sixties put both Davidson College and their head coach, Charles (Lefty) Driesell, on the American sports map. Within a couple of years, the Wildcats went from a winless SoCon season to national prominence.

In nine years at the helm of the Wildcats, Driesell's teams earned five regular-season SoCon titles and won 20 games or more six times. In both 1968 and 1969, Davidson advanced to an NCAA Tournament regional final. The 1964-65 team won 23 consecutive games before a two-point upset loss in the conference tournament.

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Driesell was named Coach of the Year in the SoCon four times. Leaving Davidson in 1969, he moved to the University of Maryland, guiding the Terrapins to 11 postseason appearances and 10 seasons of 20 or more victories. He would go on to lead both James Madison and Georgia State to NCAA tournament appearances.

He was elected to the Davidson Hall of Fame in 1994. And in 2007, Lefty Driesell was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. In all, he registered 786 victories in his colorful coaching career.

Hall of Fame Induction Video

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