Philadelphia University men’s basketball head coach Herb Magee received the inaugural Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Award of Distinction on Thursday, Dec. 1, before the Rams took on conference rival University of the Sciences in the Gallagher Athletic Center.
The CACC created the award to recognize current coaches or administrators who have represented the conference with class and dignity during their distinguished careers.
“Herb Magee is a terrific individual to receive the inaugural CACC Award of Distinction,” said CACC Commissioner Dan Mara. “Not only is he a terrific basketball coach, but he’s an outstanding person who demonstrates great character and sportsmanship that his student-athletes quickly identify with.”
Magee, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011, is one of the most decorated coaches in the history of the sport. Now in his 50th season as head coach, Magee has won 1,037 games—the most in NCAA Division II men’s basketball history and the second-highest total across all three divisions—and the 1970 national championship.
Magee is only the fourth men’s basketball head coach in NCAA history to coach 50 years, and he did it all at his alma mater, where he was one of the highest-scoring players in Rams’ history.
During Magee’s tenure, the Rams have been to the NCAA Tournament 29 times and have earned 33 20-plus-win seasons and 11 25-plus-win seasons—including a school-record 30 victories during the 1992-93 campaign. His coaching has produced 44 1,000-point scorers and three 2,000-point scorers. Since joining the CACC in 2005, the Rams have won four conference championships.
Magee also has been honored for his outstanding character and commitment to the game, most recently when he received the Joe Lapchick Character Award Nov. 18. His many other accomplishments include receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Sports Congress in 2007 and being named a Guardian of the Game by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2005 and a Living Legend by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association in 2012.