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April 8, 2014

Ex-Arkansas hoops coach Nolan Richardson named to Hall of Fame

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DALLAS — In year two he had Arkansas back in the post season with an NIT berth. By year three he had Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament where the Hogs would stay for 13 of the next 15 seasons. In all, Arkansas, under Richardson, enjoyed 15 postseason appearances during the 17 seasons of his tenure.

He led Arkansas to three Final Fours – losing to Duke in the semifinals in 1990, winning the national championship in 1994 against Duke, and losing in the championship game to UCLA in 1995. He was named the National Coach of the Year in 1994. Richardson's Arkansas teams averaged 27 wins per season during the decade of the 1990s, they were the winningest team of the decade until 1997, and their 270 wins from 1990 to 1999 were more than all but four programs in the NCAA. Nolan's legendary Arkansas teams recorded a 20 win season twelve times as well as four 30 win seasons during his 17 years.

Richardson left Arkansas in 2002 with a career record of 509-206. In 2009, Richardson took over the Tulsa Shock of the WNBA and 11 games into his second season, he resigned with a 7-38 record.

The 2014 Class will be honored August 7-9 in Springfield, Mass., during the Enshrinement Ceremonies.

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