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Former Arkansas Coach Nolan Richardson Inducted Into HOF

Aug 8, 2014
Arkansas Athletics
Photo: Charles Krupa | AP

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Former Arkansas men's basketball head coach Nolan Richardson joined basketball's most exclusive club on Friday night during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2014 Enshrinement Ceremony, presented by Nike, held at Springfield Symphony Hall.

Already a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, Richardson became the first Razorback to enter the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and was introduced by Hall of Fame coach John Thompson ('99) & player Nate Archibald ('91).

The only coach to win a Division I National Championship (Arkansas), an NIT Championship (Tulsa) and a Junior College National Championship (Western Texas), Richardson compiled a 390-170 record over his 17 seasons at Arkansas. Over those 17 seasons, the Razorbacks advanced to the NCAA Tournament 13 times, highlighted by six Sweet Sixteen appearances, four Elite Eights and three Final Fours.

In his fifth season with the Razorbacks (1989-90), Richardson guided the program to its first Final Four since 1978, and jump-started a six-year run in which Arkansas made three Final Four appearances. The second Final Four came in 1994, as the Razorbacks defeated Duke, 76-72, to win their first-ever National Championship while Richardson was named the Naismith and NABC National Coach of the Year. A year later, Arkansas returned to the National Championship game, ending the six-year run with a 165-33 record.

Richardson is one of just five head coaches to win 365 games in 15 seasons or less, ending his 22 seasons at the Division I level with a 508-206 mark. Over those 22 seasons, Richardson had 20 winning seasons, 16 with 20 or more wins and four with 30 wins. Over the aforementioned six-year span, Richardson and the Razorbacks won 30 games four times, while the feat has been accomplished just once in the program's other 85 seasons.

Richardson played collegiately at Texas Western College, now UTEP, playing his junior and senior years from coach Don Haskins who was inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame in 1997.