85-year old Lute Olson was reportedly admitted to a hospice care facility on 25th of August, 2020. The Arizona Daily Star’s columnist Greg Hansen was the first to convey news of Olson’s debilitating health.
LUTE OLSON’S TRIUMPHANT PROFESSIONAL CAREER AS A COACH
Robert Luther Lute Olson has trained the men’s Basketball team of the University of Arizona for 25 years (1983-2008). He retired in 2007-2008 after successfully tutoring Arizona Wildcats for 24 seasons. Under his leadership, the Arizona Wildcats made 23 appearances in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, four appearances in the Final Fours, and earned victory at the National Championship of 1997.
Besides Arizona University, other institutes that Lute Olston has worked for are:
● Head Coach at Long Beach City College from 1969 to 1973
● Associate Coach at Long Beach State University for one season (1973-1974)
● Head Coach at the University of Iowa from 1974 to 1983
LUTE OLSON’S PHYSICAL AILMENTS AND HIS BATTLE WITH DEPRESSION
Lute Olson announced his retirement on the 23rd of October, 2008. Olson’s physician later confirmed his history of Depression, which meddled with his work. Olson suffered from Atrial Fibrillation-an inconstancy in the heart rate and was later admitted to University Medical Centre, Tucson, in February 2019 after enduring a minor stroke.
His battle with Depression since 2007 and other physical ailments eventually resulted in his retirement as an instructor.
THE HONORS AND AWARDS ACHIEVED BY LUTE OLSON IN HIS COACHING CAREER
Lute Olson, originally a native of North Dakota, is a renowned figure of Tucson, Arizona. He amassed several honors such as the ‘Big Ten Coach of the Year’ in 1979, ‘Pac-10 Coach of the Year’ in the years 1986, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1998, and 2003, ‘NABC Coach of the Year’ in 1980, and the ‘Clair Bee Coach of the Year’ in 2001. In 2018, he was commemorated with a statue built outside the McKale Centre.
Several of Olson’s students succeeded in establishing a thriving career in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Under Olson’s guidance, the University of Arizona’s team, which was infamous for an erratic performance, managed to bag consecutive victories.
Since Lute Olson’s deteriorating health reports were released, well-wishes from Olson’s acquaintances, fans, and comrades have flooded Twitter. Greg Hansen, a columnist for Arizona Daily Star, persuades people to pray for Olson’s recovery in his tweet, which reads, “If you believe in the power of prayer, your positive thoughts would be welcome by Lute Olson. The Tucson legend is in the fight for his life”.