Jim Boeheim will step down from his role as assistant coach of the U.S. Olympic team.
“I think I’ve really learned a lot over these last five years working with the Olympic team and as a result I believe I’ve improved as a coach,” Boeheim relayed after Team USA’s 107-100 gold medal win over Spain. “Some of the offense we use at Syracuse is stuff from Mike D’Antoni (another of Mike Krzyzewski’s assistants). Some of our defensive stuff we do is based on stuff I’ve learned because of this. There’s no question I’m better off for having been a part of Team USA.
“If you’re not learning something on your job, whatever it is, then you’re not getting better. And if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. I think that’s true of everybody. When you’re too old to keep learning, it’s time to get out.
“But I’m done. Mike Krzyzewski says he’s done. Kobe Bryant says he’s done. And I’m saying this is it for me. But this is a good way to go out. It’s been great. It’s been a great run. But five straight summers, giving up 40 days each is enough. Two hundred days over five years is enough. It’s time for somebody else to experience what I’ve been allowed to experience.”