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Herb
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Thomas Jefferson University | 1967-2022
member details year Class of 2023
Biography

Herb Magee spent his entire 54-year coaching career at Division II Jefferson, where he won 1,144 games – the most in DII history and the second-most across all NCAA divisions. Dubbed the “Shot Doctor” for his shooting expertise, Magee led Jefferson – formerly known as Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science and Philadelphia University – to 31 NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1970 national title. His teams won 13 conference championships and had 24-consecutive winning seasons from 1997 through his retirement in 2022. Among numerous accolades, Magee earned NABC Division II Coach of the Year honors in 1976, the NABC Guardians of the Game Award for Education in 2005, and the NABC Hillyard Golden Anniversary Award in 2020. As a player at then-Philadelphia Textile, Magee scored 2,235 career points and averaged a school-record 29.1 points per game during the 1961-62 season. He was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 1963 NBA Draft, but instead chose to begin his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater.