Lute Olson Biography and Early Life
Lute Olson is an American retired Hall of Fame basketball coach. He was born Robert Luther Olson on September 22, 1934 in Mayville, North Dakota, United States and he was raised there. He was born to his parents named Albert Olson (Father) and Alinda Olson (Mother).
Lute Olson Net Worth
Lute Olson’s net worth is estimated to be $8 million. He earns over $700 thousand as salary annually. His net worth and salary amassed due to the success he recorded in his basketball coaching career.
Lute Olson Career
Olson’s love for basketball began in College, where he played both football and basketball. After graduating from College, he taught and coached High School basketball teams for 13 years. In 1969, he became the Head coach of Long Beach City College and he coached them until 1973. From 1973 until 1974, he coached Long Beach State University. Due to the fact that he had a good profile as a basketball coach, he was hired by University of Iowa and he coached the University of Iowa basketball team from 1974 until 1983. In 1983, he signed with University of Arizona.
While at the University of Iowa, he was voted Pac-10 Coach of the year seven times and he made five final four appearances and he led his team to win the 1997 NCAA Championship. Due to the success he recorded as a basketball coach, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. In 1986, he coached the United States team in the FIBA World Championships. In the course of his career as a basketball coach, Olson was able to develop basketball stars like Michael Dickerson, Luke Walton, Ray Owes, Miles Simon, Chris Mills, Andre Iguodala and many more.
Lute Olson Wife
Lute Olson has been married thrice. He was married to Robert Russell (1953-2001), Christine Toretti (2003-2008) and in 2010, he married his current wife named Kelly Pugnea.
Lute Olson Religion
Lute Olson practices Christianity as religion.
Lute Olson Kids
Lute Olson has five kids named Steve Olson (Son), Greg Olson (Son), Vicki Olson (Daughter), Christi Olson (Daughter) and Jodi Olson (Daughter).
Lute Olson Height and Weight
Lute Olson stands at a height of 6 ft 4 inches (1.93 m). He weighs 86 kg.
Lute Olson Nationality and Ethnicity
Lute Olson is of American nationality. He is of white ethnicity.
Lute Olson Residence
Lute Olson resides in North Dakota, United States.
Lute Olson Grandchildren
Lute Olson has grandchildren named Matt Brase (Grandson) and Julie Brase (Granddaughter). Matt and Julie Brase played basketball and they also work as basketball coaches.
Lute Olson Education (High School and College)
Lute Olson studied at Mayville High School and Grand Forks Central High School. He also studied at Augsburg University, where he graduated with a double major in history and physical education in 1956.
Social Media Presence
Olson has over 100 thousand Twitter followers and he is not active on other social media networks.
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Controversies, rumours and legal issues
Over the years, Olson has made headlines for the wrong reasons. In 2007, he dismissed a 27 years old associate head coach, whom was believed to be in line to replace him after his retirement. In November of 2007, he was absent from the wildcats’ preseason opener and this generated a lot of controversies.
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Facts about Lute Olson
|Net Worth||$8 million|
|Salary||Over $700 thousand annually|
|Income Source||former basketball head coach|
|Birthday||September 22, 1934|
|Wife||Robert Russell (1953-2001), Christine Toretti (2003-2008) and Kelly Pugnea (m. 2010)|
|Kids||Steve Olson (Son), Greg Olson (Son), Vicki Olson (Daughter), Christi Olson (Daughter) and Jodi Olson (Daughter)|
|Height||6 ft 4 inches (1.93 m)|
|Residence||North Dakota, United States|
|Grandchildren||Matt Brase (Grandson) and Julie Brase (Granddaughter)|
|Education (High School and College)||Mayville High School, Grand Forks Central High School and Augsburg University|
|Hall of fame||Inducted in 2002|