WATCH: Arizona dedicates Lute Olson statue

WATCH: Arizona dedicates Lute Olson statue
(Source: Arizona Athletics)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The University of Arizona Athletics Department held an invitation-only ceremony to dedicate a statue of Hall of Fame head basketball coach Lute Olson on Thursday, April 12.

The event was on the Eddie Lynch Pavilion at McKale Center and the statue will be placed just north of the Jim Click Hall of Champions.

When plans for the statue were announced in August 2017, Lute Olson said he was grateful for the honor.

"I'm deeply touched at this recognition and I want to thank all of the staff members, student-athletes and fans, who made, and continue to make, my life at Arizona something special," Olson said at the time.

Olson finished with a 589-187 record after 24 seasons as the Wildcats' head coach. Under Olson, the Wildcats won the national championship in 1997 and 11 Pac-12 titles. The team appeared in 23 straight NCAA Tournaments and made four appearances in the Final Four.

Olson, who was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year seven times.

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