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Lute Olson Statue

Arizona Athletics is honoring Lute Olson for his significant contributions to the University of Arizona and Tucson community by constructing a statue in his likeness. The statue will be located on the north side of McKale Memorial Center on the Eddie Lynch Pavilion, where it can be enjoyed by all.


We would like to invite you to join us in honoring his legacy by contributing to the statue project. The estimated cost is $300,000, and construction is tentatively scheduled to be completed in Spring 2018.


For almost a quarter of a century, Arizona fans cheered on Coach Olson and the Wildcats as they rose to national prominence. Even now, when Lute Olson is spotted at an Arizona basketball game, chants of “Lute” almost always erupt in McKale—a true illustration of the long-lasting impact he’s had on generations of Wildcat fans.


From Dave Heeke, Director of Arizona Athletics:
“We’re thrilled to recognize Coach Olson, not just for what he accomplished on the basketball court, but for what he means to Arizona and our community. Through the success of Arizona basketball, Lute helped introduce people around the country to our University and this city, and he forever changed the trajectory and perception of our athletics department. His legendary status is worthy of this honor, and we’re proud that his statue will be visible to the thousands of people that visit McKale on a yearly basis.”


To view a schematic of the statue, please scroll through the pictures above. Thank you for being some of the best fans in the nation. Bear Down!

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Thanks To Our Supporters!

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    Thanks for being such an inspiration, Lute! You and the Wildcat basketball program were such a special part of my time at U of A. Juli (Schwartz) Bear '92

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    Thank you Lute for so many amazing memories over the years! One of my personal favorites: being in McKale watching Arizona beat Duke in 3 overtime in my Junior year. Now I have two children who want to attend Arizona, one of whom wants to play basketball. Arizona 🐻⬇ (Class of 1992, Chicago)

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    Thanks Lute! You are a Hall of Fame Coach and person.

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    Thanks Coach Olson for all you have done and continue to do for the university and Tucson. Bear Down! Monica Fontes, Class of 76

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    Coach Olson, your impact on your players, other coaches, The University of Arizona and the community at large is impossible to measure. I am so happy the statue will soon be built! Thank you!!

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    JR & Lela Goddard, Fans & Supporters of U of A ATHLRTICS. "BEAR DOWN FANS" Thanks Lute Olson for your input.

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    Well Deserved! Love you Lute! Los Angeles, Class of 2004

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    Coach O and Bobbi, thank you for all the wonderful years, excitement and our National Title in 1997! Tucson was blessed when you arrived and made the UofA Wildcats winners year in and year out! LUUUUUUUUUUTE!!!!!!!

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    Coach Olson is well deserving of this tribute. Our youngest daughter Cassie, is a 2004 graduate and a devoted Wildcat ... this contribution also honors her.

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Lute Olson Statue Project

Honor Coach Lute Olson's legacy by contributing to the Lute Olson Statue Project.

Lute Olson's Accomplishments at Arizona

-24 seasons as head coach
-23 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances
-20 consecutive 20-win seasons
-11 Pac-10 titles
-7 Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors
-4 Final Four appearances
-1 National Championship

Become a Wildcat Club Member

With a donation of $100 or more, you will become an official Wildcat Club member and qualify for various benefits. The Wildcat Club is the fundraising arm of Arizona Athletics. Wildcat Club members invest in student-athletes by making annual donations that support scholarships, facilities, equipment, team travel and more!