Denny Crum

A former player and assistant coach at UCLA under the legendary John Wooden, Denny has called Louisville home since 1971 when he became the 17th head basketball coach at the University of Louisville. During his 30 years at UofL, he directed the Cardinals to 23 NCAA tournament appearances – including appearances in six Final Four tournaments and two national championships (in 1980 and 1986). Crum’s 1980 championship team is credited for having originated the now-famous “high five” hand gesture. Admirably known as “Cool Hand Luke” because of his calm courtside temperament, Crum is currently one of only 10 coaches in NCAA history to win two or more NCAA titles. He is a 3-time winner of both Metro and National Coach of the Year awards and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994. For more information about Denny, click here.

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