EMMITSBURG, Md. – Jim Phelan, the bowtie basketball coach who won 830 games for nearly half a century at Mount St. Mary’s, has died. He was 92.
Mount St. Mary’s Sports Department said Phelan died in his sleep at home Tuesday night.
Phelan spent his entire 49 year career at Mount St. Mary’s. He took the Mount to 14 NCAA Division II tournaments, including five trips to the Final Four and a national championship in 1962.
We are deeply sad to share this legend @MountHoops Coach Jim Phelan died peacefully in his sleep at home last night.
You will miss trainers very much! pic.twitter.com/rNyZXXpYno
– Mount Athletics (@MountAthletics) June 16, 2021
Phelan is from Philadelphia and played on the La Salle basketball team before joining Mount in 1954. He planned to stay as a coach for just a few seasons before moving on, but he loved the town of Emmitsburg and ended up staying close by.
After moving to Division I, his teams took part in the NCAA tournament in 1995 and 1999. In 2008 he was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.