“I find it impossible to believe that Lefty Driesell isn’t in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Look at the games he won at four different places. He should be in there.”

— Coach Dean Smith, University of North Carolina

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Lefty Coaching Timeline

2011
January 1

2011

Southern Conference Hall of Fame.
2010
January 1

2010

The first Lefty Driesell Award for the best defensive player in NCAA D 1 basketball was awarded to Jarvis Varnado.
2008
January 1

2008

Inaugural class of the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame.
2007
January 1

2007

Inducted to the 2nd class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
2002
January 1

2002

University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame. Regular season conference champions.
2001
January 1

2001

Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year. Regular season conference champions. NCAA second round.
2000
January 1

2000

Regular season conference champions.
1999
January 1

1999

Regular season conference champions.
1998
January 1

1998

Regular season conference champions.
1994
January 1

1994

NCAA First round.
1993
January 1

1993

Regular season conference champions.
1992
January 1

1992

Colonial Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Regular season conference champions.
1991
January 1

1991

Regular season conference champions.
1990
January 1

1990

Colonial Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Regular season conference champions.
1989
January 1

1989

Regular season conference champions.
1986
January 1

1986

NCAA second round.
1985
January 1

1985

Sweet Sixteen appearance.
1984
January 1

1984

Sweet Sixteen appearance.
1981
January 1

1981

NCAA second round.
1980
January 1

1980

ACC Coach of the Year. Regular season conference champions. Sweet Sixteen.
1975
January 1

1975

ACC Coach of the Year. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Regular season conference champions. Elite Eight appearance.
1973
January 1

1973

Was awarded the NCAA Award of Valor for saving several children from a burning town house in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Elite Eight appearance.
1971
January 1

1971

Midnight Madness was founded on October 15, 1971 when Lefty made his players run a mile in the dark three minutes past midnight on the first day they were eligible to train for the upcoming season. This founded the tradition of Midnight Madness. NIT champion.
1969
January 1

1969

Regular season conference champions. Elite Eight Appearance.
1968
January 1

1968

Regular season conference champions. Elite Eight appearance.
1966
January 1

1966

Southern Conference Coach of the Year. Regular season conference champions.
1965
January 1

1965

Southern Conference Coach of the Year. Regular season conference champions. Sweet Sixteen appearance.
1964
January 1

1964

Southern Conference Coach of the Year. Regular season conference champions.
1963
January 1

1963

Southern Conference Coach of the Year.