Herb Magee Biography

Coach Herb Magee is considered by many players to be “The Shot Doctor.”

He is also very well known for another aspect of the game, “Teaching technique.”

“Not that ball, son.”

A camper had tried to grab the well-worn basketball off a bench, but that was Herb’s shooting ball. He’d brought it to this camp in the Poconos where red wooden cabins dot the hillside overlooking a pool and the basketball courts.

“My first speaking engagement as a coach was at this camp, 45 years ago,” Magee said as he drove up the Northeast Extension to the Pocono Invitational. “Bob Kennedy, who started the camp, asked me, ‘What do you want to talk about?’

” ‘Anything . . . ballhandling, rebounding, defense. Whatever you want.’ “

” ‘No, you pick the topic.’

” ‘Shooting; I’m a good shooter.’ “

Since that day, how many have heard Magee distill his specialty? It has to be well into the hundreds of thousands. Since that initial nudge, Magee said, he has never spoken at a camp or a clinic or put out a video on any other subject.

–The Hall of Fame Coach has been an intricate part of the Hoop Group Skills Camp for going on 47 years. Coach Magee comes up to camp many, many times throughout the duration of camp. He has sacrificed so much of his time, energy, and effort to help the next generation of players with their approach to the game, and most notably their ability to shoot the basketball. Any opportunity young players have to listen to Coach Magee speak and teach the game, is an honor.

Head Coach Herb Magee was inducted with the Class of 2011 into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on August 12th, 2011.

“I have dedicated my life to the game of basketball, and to become a member of this sport’s elite group of players and coaches is an honor,” said Coach Magee.Coach Magee now has over 950 wins as collegiate Head Coach at his alma mater, Philadelphia University which was formally known as Philadelphia Textile.

A two-time All-America selection as a player with the Rams, Magee finished his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,235 points. Magee still holds the school record for scoring average in a season when he poured in 29.1 ppg in the 1961-62 season. Along the way, the Rams posted a 75-17 record that included the Eastern Regional Championship in 1963 under Head Coach Bucky Harris.

For his efforts, he was inducted into the Philadelphia University Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. Following graduation, Magee was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 62nd pick of the 1963 NBA draft. However, he opted for a career in coaching and he joined his mentor, Harris, as an assistant coach at then-Philadelphia Textile.

In his 43 years as head coach, Magee has taken his team to the NCAA Tournament 25 times. In addition, he has had 30 twenty-plus win seasons and one 30-win season. As a player, assistant coach and head coach at the University, Magee has helped the program to an overall record of 1,144-382.

His exploits as a coach have not gone unnoticed, as his list of awards and achievements can attest. In 2010, Coach Magee was chosen to throw out the first pitch of the Philadelphia Phillies opening game, and was honored by the Philadelphia 76ers at a halftime ceremony.  Mayor Nutter also honored ‘The King’ in a City Hall presentation.  Other honors have included: the Kodak District Coach of the Year in 1993, New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year that (’93, ’94,’03). In addition, he has been honored as regional Coach of the Year four times, national Coach of the Year once and Co-Coach of the Year in the Mideast Collegiate Conference twice.  He was also inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.

In 2007, Magee was honored at the NCAA Division I Final Four with the NABC’s Guardian of the Game Award. He was nominated for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. He was also inducted into the Philadelphia Area Small College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

Additionally, Magee frequently works with NBA players from around the league on the art of shooting, including Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, current 76ers guard Evan Turner, Orlando Magic standout Jameer Nelso &, Phoenix Suns Guard Sebastian Telfair.

Magee and his wife, Geri, live in Berwyn, Pa.