Coach Herb Magee is a man of many titles and the recipient of many accolades. He’s been nicknamed “The Shot Doctor”, he’s been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, he’s received the National Coach of The Year Award TWICE, he’s even won more than 1,000 games (just one of two NCAA coaches in history to do so).
Just Call Me CoachEven with all of these accolades... his favorite professional title is simple – “Coach”.
Perhaps that’s the reason he never accepted that offer to play professionally with the Boston Celtics or even coach in the NBA or for more visible Division I schools (Philadelphia University is a Division II school); after all the deals were presented to him. On more than one occasion. No, to Magee, coaching meant staying right in Philadelphia where he was born and raised and where his family lives now. Luckily for him, it also meant spending 48 years coaching at the same school where he played. He says there was never a doubt in his mind that he would ever leave the “City of Brotherly Love”.
Off Season Camps & ClinicsToday, Magee forges forward with the Rams, achieving success by playing one game at a time. In the off season, he can still be found on the basketball court, only with a much younger group of players as he continues his legendary Herb Magee Shooting Camps. As the most respected and highly sought-after basketball camps in the region, it is estimated that he has coached tens of thousands of athletes over the years…some going on to become Division I players themselves.
An Elite CoachMagee has also been known to provide private coaching to elite professional players including Charles Barkley, Malik Rose and Jameer Nelson among many others. But Magee isn’t impressed by any of these stats or the big star names he’s associated with. Because if you ask him, he’ll just tell you it’s all just part of his title – “Coach”.
* College Division National Championship (1970)
* Thirty 20 or more win (and one 30-win) seasons
* Twenty-five NCAA Tournament appearances
* Career .715 winning percentage
* Coached 12 All-Americans and 39 1,000 or more point scorers
* Kodak District Coach of the Year (1993)
* New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (1993, 1994 and 2004)
* Regional Coach of the Year (four times)
* National Coach of the Year
* CACC Coach of the Year
* Numerous assistant coaches have gone onto head coaching or assistant coaching positions at the collegiate level, including Bill Lang at the U.S. Naval Academy and Pat Chambers at Boston University
* Coached the Olympic Festive team along with John Calipari
* Co-Coach of the Year in the Mideast Collegiate Conference (twice)
* Honored at the NCAA Division I Final Four with the NABC’s Guardian of the Game Award
* Nationally recognized as a shooting expert, has tutored numerous professional players including Hall of Fame member Charles Barkley, Orlando Magic standout Jameer Nelson, Boston Celtics guard Sebastian Telfair and New York Knicks forward Malik Rose.
* Conducted shooting clinics around the country and in Italy and Puerto Rico.
* Released two popular DVDs entitled, “Nothing But Net” and “Nothing But Drills”
Jay Wright – Villanova University Head Coach
“I learned to shoot and my players learned to shoot from Coach Magee and his drills. He is the best shooting instructor there is!”
Malik Rose – NBA Forward
“Herb Magee’s teaching gave me a chance to compete in the NBA, plain and simple. In four easy steps, he gave me a jump shot.”
Charles Barkley – NBA All-Star
“Herb Magee is synonymous with basketball.”