Winfield native Jim Boone new Delta State coach
HUNTINGTON -- College basketball coach Jim Boone from Winfield, W.Va., takes 438 career victories into his new job.
Boone resigned from West Virginia Wesleyan where he went 22-9 in his only season that included the school's first win in the NCAA Division II Tournament, and will be officially introduced Tuesday as the men's head coach at Delta State, a Division II member of the Gulf South Conference in Cleveland, Miss.
He replaces Jason Conner who was fired following a 6-21 season. Conner was 93-73 in six seasons with the Statesmen.
Delta State athletic director Jeremy McClain said Boone's successes on the court and his desire to bring an exchting brand of basketball really stood out to the selection committee.
"He's a players' coach, who desires to see the best for them and their futures," McClain said in a news release.
Boone has a 438-328 record in 27 seasons coaching at West Virginia Wesleyan, Tusculum, Eastern Michigan, Robert Morris and California (Pa.).
His career includes a Division II record of 338-166.
During his career his teams have recorded 17 or more wins on 16 occasions, including six conference championships, four tournament titles and seven postseason appearances
"Jim Boone is an outstanding person and coach," Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. "Someone will be very fortunate to have coach Boone run their program.
"With over 400 wins, Jim is someone of courage, ability and a tremendous leader."
Boone is married to the former Stephanie VanVranken and they have two sons, Jimmy and Joey.