Head Basketball Coach, Delta State University
Topic: Advanced Pressure Pack Line Defense
Coach Jim Boone is in his second season as head coach of the Delta State University Statesman Basketball program. Boone (438-328), a native of Winfield, W.V., brings 27 years of collegiate coaching experience to Delta State, including stops at the NCAA Division I and II levels. His career record speaks to his success on the hardwood, but his real niche has been at the NCAA DII level where he has posted a blistering 338-166 mark as a head coach.
Prior to taking over as head coach of the Statesmen, Boone spent the 2011-12 season as head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College, guiding the Bobcats to a school record 22 wins at the DII level and the program’s first ever NCAA Division II Regional Tournament Championship appearance.
His coaching career brought him back to his alma mater, West Virginia State College, where he spent three seasons as the head assistant coach. Boone made the jump to NCAA DI basketball in 1986, as an assistant at Charleston Southern University, where the Buccaneers won the Big South Conference Championship.
The championship experience led Boone to California University of Pennsylvania as head coach. Over the next 10 years, Boone led California (Pa.) to unprecedented success, including a 228-71 record. During his time with the Vulcans, Boone’s squads claimed 31 wins and being the number one team in the country in 1992, two NCAA DII Final Four appearances, six regular season conference titles, and nine trips to the NCAA Tournament.
From California (Pa.), Boone on the challenge of rebuilding NCAA Division I Robert Morris University, eventually leading the Colonials to the NEC Championship game in 2000. In 1999 and 2000, he led RMU to a record of 25-13 in the NEC and produced two of the best seasons in Colonials history.
Boone left RMU after 2000 to take on the task of turning Eastern Michigan University into a competitive DI program. In five seasons at EMU, Boone quadrupled the program’s wins total and set several EMU attendance records.
Boone left EMU after the 2005 season to take his talents to Tusculum College, a member of NCAA DII and the South Atlantic Conference. In 2009, the Pioneers won a school-record 20 games and the made its second-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. He still holds the school record for conference wins over a four-year period.
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. From 1990-96, his California teams recorded over 20 victories for six consecutive years tallying an impressive 150-33 mark during that span. His 94-24 league record in the PSAC is still the best of any coach in that conference’s history. He was named PSAC Coach of the Year on three occasions (1988, 1992, 1996) and NCAA Region Coach Year twice (1992, 1996).
He is married to the former Stephanie VanVranken and they are the parents of two sons, Jimmy and Joey.