James Loscutoff
James Loscutoff

Following an outstanding career with the NBA's Boston Celtics, James Loscutoff enjoyed tremendous coaching career as Boston State College's men's basketball mentor from 1964-76. The former University of Oregon star was the most successful basketball coach in school history, compiling an impressive 219-92 record over 12 seasons for a .704 winning percentage. Loscutoff suffered his only losing season, going 8-12 as a rookie coach in 1964-65, but quickly made Boston State into one of the best programs in the region with a 23-5 mark the following season. He directed the Warriors to nine seasons of 18 or more wins, including five campaigns of 20-plus. A professor for 17 years at Boston State, his teams found the national spotlight on more than one occasion, making an appearance in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national tournament in 1967 and another NAIA berth in 1972. Losky led Boston State to an 18-8 mark for the 1969-70 season and was offered to coach the NBA's fledgling Portland Trailblazers, but elected to stay at BSC and coached the Warriors to their first ever New England State Athletic Conference title the following season. He wrapped up his Boston State coaching career with a pair of NCAA tournament appearances, while posting a combined 45-9 record in his final two seasons of coaching. Prior to his arrival to Huntington Avenue, Loscutoff put together a legendary career with the Celtics, helping the Green to seven world championships in a span of nine seasons after being drafted in the first round by the Celts in 1955. His retired jersey currently hangs from the rafters of the Boston Garden.