Herb Magee

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Herb Magee
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Jefferson
Record 1053–417
Biographical details
Born (1941-06-21) June 21, 1941 (age 76)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1967–present Philadelphia / Jefferson
Head coaching record
Overall 1053–417
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2011 (profile)

Herb Magee (born June 20, 1941), commonly referred to as the Shot Doctor, is an NCAA Division II men's college basketball coach at Thomas Jefferson University. The school was established in its current form when Philadelphia University, Magee's alma mater, merged with the original Thomas Jefferson University in 2017, the former Philadelphia University was known as Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science and athletically branded as "Philadelphia Textile" when Magee first became head coach in 1967, becoming Philadelphia University in 1999. He is entering his 51st year as head coach, and his 59th year as either a player or coach at the school; in 2015, he achieved his 1,000th win as a head coach, becoming one of only four college coaches to achieve that milestone. On August 12, 2011, Magee became a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2011.



Magee, an Irish American[1] played his high school basketball at Philadelphia's famed West Catholic High, where his teammates included former Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Jim Lynam and former St. Joseph's coach Jim Boyle.

As a five-foot-ten inch, 150-pound player for the Philadelphia Rams, he scored 2,235 points (before the introduction of the 3-point shot), leading his team to 75 victories. Magee was a two-time All-American and drafted by the Boston Celtics (the 62nd pick of the 1963 NBA draft). However, he broke his fingers before training camp, and opted instead to return to his alma mater as an assistant coach under Buckey Harris. When Harris retired in 1967, Magee became head coach at the age of 25, he has spent his entire adult life at the East Falls school as either a player, assistant coach or head coach.


His exploits as a coach have not gone unnoticed, as his list of awards and achievements can attest, the Kodak District Coach of the Year in 1993, Magee was also tabbed New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year that season and again in 1994. In addition, he has been honored as regional Coach of the Year four times, national Coach of the Year twice, 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. He led the Rams to the College Division National Championship in 1970.

Coach Magee was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame (2008), Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (1979), Philadelphia University and West Catholic High School Halls of Fame, and honored by numerous organizations throughout his career. He coached the Olympic Festive team along with John Calipari and was co-coach of the Year in the Mideast Collegiate Conference (twice), the NABC honored him with the Guardian of the Game Award. Coach Magee was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters by President Stephen Spinelli Jr. at Philadelphia University's 125th Commencement on May 17, 2009 in recognition of his accomplishments and years of dedication and service. Known as "shot Doctor" because of his ability to teach basketball shot-making through unforgettable clinics held thousands of times during his career; in one such clinic, he parked his car, entered onto the court and without any warmup, hit 25 in a row from the top of the key.

Magee received a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Philadelphia University in 1963 and a Master's in Education from St. Joseph's University in 1969.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Philadelphia Textile Rams/Philadelphia Rams () (1967–2005)
1967–68 Philadelphia Textile 21–6 NCAA, 1st Round
1968–69 Philadelphia Textile 20–5 NCAA, 1st Round
1969–70 Philadelphia Textile 29–2 NCAA, Champions
1970–71 Philadelphia Textile 22–6 NCAA 1–1
1971–72 Philadelphia Textile 22–7 NCAA 2–1
1972–73 Philadelphia Textile 25–4 NCAA 0–2
1973–74 Philadelphia Textile 10–14
1974–75 Philadelphia Textile 21–6 NCAA 1–1
1975–76 Philadelphia Textile 25–3 NCAA 1–1
1976–77 Philadelphia Textile 22–6 NCAA 0–2
1977–78 Philadelphia Textile 18–10 NCAA 1–1
1978–79 Philadelphia Textile 20–8 NCAA 0–2
1979–80 Philadelphia Textile 13–13
1980–81 Philadelphia Textile 15–12
1981–82 Philadelphia Textile 13–14
1982–83 Philadelphia Textile 23–7 NCAA 1–1
1983–84 Philadelphia Textile 21–8
1984–85 Philadelphia Textile 24–7 NCAA 1–1
1985–86 Philadelphia Textile 16–14
1986–87 Philadelphia Textile 16–14
1987–88 Philadelphia Textile 20–10
1988–89 Philadelphia Textile 24–7 NCAA 0–2
1989–90 Philadelphia Textile 22–8
1990–91 Philadelphia Textile 24–8 NCAA 2–1
1991–92 Philadelphia Textile 28–4 NCAA 1–1
1992–93 Philadelphia Textile 30–2 NCAA 2–1
1993–94 Philadelphia Textile 29–2 NCAA 1–1
1994–95 Philadelphia Textile 26–5 NCAA 2–1
1995–96 Philadelphia Textile 19–9
1996–97 Philadelphia Textile 13–14
1997–98 Philadelphia Textile 18–10
1998–99 Philadelphia 21–6
1999–00 Philadelphia 17–10
2000–01 Philadelphia 24–7 NCAA 1–1
2001–02 Philadelphia 19–9
2002–03 Philadelphia 16–12
2003–04 Philadelphia 26–8 NCAA 0–1
2004–05 Philadelphia 21–9
Philadelphia Rams/Jefferson Rams (Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference) (2005–present)
2005–06 Philadelphia 20–11 15–7 2nd
2006–07 Philadelphia 20–10 14–6 T–1st NCAA 0–1
2007–08 Philadelphia 22–12 16–0 1st (South) NCAA 0–1
2008–09 Philadelphia 25–6 14–2 1st (South) NCAA Division II First Round
2009–10 Philadelphia 27–8 16–1 1st (South) NCAA Division II Regional Final
2010–11 Philadelphia 15–12 10–7 2nd (South)
2011–12 Philadelphia 19–10 13–4 T–1st (South) NCAA Division II First Round
2012–13 Philadelphia 19–10 12–5 2nd (South)
2013–14 Philadelphia 25–6 16–3 1st (South) NCAA Division II First Round
2014–15 Philadelphia 24–8 15–4 T–2nd (South) NCAA Division II First Round
2015–16 Philadelphia 23–9 14–5 2nd (South) NCAA Division II First Round
2016–17 Philadelphia 21–9 16–3 1st (South)
2017–18 Jefferson
Philadelphia / Jefferson: 1053–417
Total: 1053–417

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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