Robert Luther Olson is born Sept. 22 in Mayville, N.D.
Olson's father, Albert, dies of a stroke at age 47. His brother, Amos, dies in a tractor accident the next spring.
Olson's mother, Alinda, sells the family farm and moves to Mayville, N.D.
Leads Grand Forks (N.D.) Central High School to Class A state basketball championship.
Enrolls at Augsburg College. Plays four years of football and basketball and one year of baseball.
Marries Roberta (Bobbi) Russell on Thanksgiving Day.
Named head coach at Mahnomen (Minn.) High School.
Named head coach at Two Harbors (Minn.) High School.
Moves to Boulder, Colo., to be a middle-school guidance counselor.
Moves from Boulder to Huntington Beach, Calif.
Coaches the freshman basketball team at Western High School in Anaheim, Calif.
Named varsity coach at Loara High School, Anaheim.
Named head coach at Marina-Huntington Beach High School.
Named head coach at Long Beach (Calif.) City College
Named head coach at Long Beach State
Named head coach at Iowa
Named Big Ten Conference coach of year; Hawkeyes finish 20-8, share Big Ten title and reach NCAA tournament
Hawkeyes beat Georgetown to reach Final Four; finish 23-10
Named head coach at Arizona
Beats Northern Arizona 72-65 in first regular-season game.
Arizona finishes 21-10, reaches NCAA tournament.
Arizona wins Pac-10 Conference and finishes 23-9.
Coaches USA Basketball to a gold medal in the world championships.
Arizona reaches Final Four, finishes 35-3. Olson named national coach of the year.
Top-ranked Arizona loses 68-67 to UNLV in West Regional semifinal. Arizona finishes 29-4.
Arizona loses to Alabama in the second round of the NCAA tournament and finishes 25-7.
Arizona wins Pac-10, reaches Sweet 16 and finishes 28-7.
Arizona loses to East Tennessee State in first round of NCAA tournament and finishes 24-7.
Arizona loses to 15th-seeded Santa Clara in first round of NCAA tournament and finishes 24-4.
Arizona reaches second Final Four, finishing 29-6.
Arizona loses in overtime to Miami (Ohio) in first round of NCAA tournament and finishes 24-7.
Arizona reaches Sweet 16, losing to Kansas in West Region semifinal, finishes 27-6.
Arizona defeats three No. 1 NCAA tournament seeds en route to national championship, finishes 25-9.
Arizona goes 17-1 in Pac-10 but loses to Utah 76-51 in the West Region finals, finishes 30-5 overall.
Bobbi Olson diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Arizona upset by 13th-seeded Oklahoma 61-60 in first round of NCAA tournament.
Feb. 26, 2000
Floor at McKale Center renamed "Lute Olson Court'' (later changed to Lute & Bobbi Olson Court).
Arizona upset by Wisconsin 66-59 in second round of NCAA tournament.
Takes leave of absence to be with ailing wife. Bobbi Olson dies on New Year's Day. The coach returns on Jan. 15.
Arizona reaches NCAA championship game for second time, finishes 28-8 after losing in final.
Arizona wins Pac-10 tournament, reaches Sweet 16 and finishes 24-10.
Proposes to Christine Toretti.
March 29, 2003
Arizona loses 78-75 to Kansas in the West Regional final after holding the nation's No. 1 rating for most of the season.
April 12, 2003
Olson marries Toretti, 46.
Nov. 24, 2003
Olson wins 500th game at UA, 107-73 over Northern Arizona.
Jan. 3, 2004
Earns career victory No. 700 with a 93-74 win at Arizona State.
March 5, 2004
Olson agrees to four-year contract extension through 2009.
March 18, 2004
UA blows a 14-point lead in the second half, loses to Seton Hall in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
March 26, 2005
Third-seeded UA blows a 15-point lead with four minutes to go, then loses in overtime to Illinois 90-89 in Elite Eight.
Dec. 19, 2005
UA's streak of 312 regular-season appearances in Associated Press Top 25 poll ends.
March 9, 2006
Arizona Board of Regents votes to extend Olson's contract from 2009 to 2011.
March 19, 2006
UA's season ends in 82-78 loss to top-seeded Villanova in second round of NCAA tournament at Philadelphia.
March 16, 2007
UA exits NCAA tournament with a first-round loss to Purdue.
April 21, 2007
Olson moves longtime aide Jim Rosborough off the coaching staff.
May 1, 2007
Kevin O'Neill is named assistant coach, with a salary of $375,000.
Nov. 4, 2007
Olson announces a leave of absence for "a personal matter." O'Neill is named interim head coach.
Dec. 6, 2007
Olson extends his leave of absence for the rest of the season and files for divorce from his second wife, Christine.
March 16, 2008
Cats earn NCAA tournament bid for the 24th straight year, a No. 10 seed in the West Region.
March 24, 2008
Olson returns to work. A week later, he announces O'Neill will not return.
May 15, 2008
Olson hires Denver Nuggets aide Mike Dunlap as an assistant coach.
Oct. 1, 2008
Olson announces his engagement to Kelly Pugnea, 47, at a fundraiser.
Olson retires following 24 seasons as the UA's head coach. No successor is named.