UA coach Lute Olson and his assistants rally the Wildcats in their game against Gonzaga during the 2003 NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City.
Lute Olson talks with Channing Frye during a game against sixth-ranked Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse in 2003.
Lute Olson talks with wife Bobbi before a press conference in which he will formally become the new head coach of men's basketball at the U of A in 1983.
Lute Olson (center) coaching his 1984 squard.
UA head coach Lute Olson hold the Divsion I NCAA Championship trophy with his team from left; Jason Lee, Miles Simon, Jason Terry, Lute, Justin Wessel, and Bennett Davison after they defeated Kentucky in the 1997 Final Four in Indianapolis.
UA basketball head coach Lute Olson and player Sean Elliott during their game against USC in 1989.
When Olson joined the UA in 1983, he brought with him a commanding presence. "When he walks over to his office with you," one player said, "you feel like you're with the president."
Photo Illustration of Lute Olson and various stages in his life. Left to right: A junior in high school, playing football and basketball in college, his first coaching job, coaching at California, Iowa, and UA with Sean Elliott, winning the NCAA national title.
UofA basketball coach Lute Olson waves to the crowd as he is introduced during the midnight madness practice game at the McKale Center on Friday Oct. 12. 2001.
UA basketball head coach Lute Olson (right) has five talented freshmen for the 2001 season, including Channing Frye, Isaiah Fox, Dennis Latimore, Salim Stoudamire and Will Bynum. Photo by David Sanders.
Lute Olson talks to his players during practice at McKale Center in 1983.
Arizona head coach Sean Miller high-fives fans as age leaves the court after the University of Arizona vs. Gonzaga game at the NCAA Basketball Tournament at San Diego State University on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Arizona won 84-61, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.
Arizona head coach Sean Miller chats with analyst and former ASU coach Bill Frieder during practice at the NCAA Basketball Tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim on March 26, 2014.
Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) cleans up a shot with a dunk in overtime at the Arizona vs. Wisconsin game at the NCAA West Regionals in Anaheim, Calif., on March 29, 2014.
Arizona Wildcats forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) breaks through the defense of Wisconsin Badgers forward Sam Dekker (15) and Wisconsin Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky (44) in the second half at the NCAA West Regionals in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Wisconsin won in over…
Arizona Wildcats guard T.J. McConnell (4) is all smiles as the Wildcats get a wider the lead late in the second half during the NCAA Sweet Sixteen basketball game at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Arizona beat San Diego State University 70-64. Photo taken Thursday March 27, 2014
Arizona guard T.J. McConnell (4) pushes the ball up court after a turnover by Gonzaga guard Kevin Pangos (4) during the second half of the University of Arizona vs. Gonzaga game at the NCAA Basketball Tournament at San Diego State University on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Arizona won 84-61, adva…
Arizona guard T.J. McConnell listens to his teammates answer questions during a press conference on March 28, 2014.
Wilbur T. Wildcat directs the UA pep band during a pre-game fan rally before the Arizona vs. Wisconsin game at the NCAA West Regionals in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
Salim Stoudamire gets fouled in the second half by Alabama-Birmingham's #23 Demario Eddins at the Taco Bell Arena, March 19, 2005, in Boise, Idaho during the NCAA second round game. UA won 85-63.