Jim Valvano’s coaching career spanned over 19 years with stints at Johns Hopkins, Bucknell, Iona and NC State. He coached the Wolfpack for 10 seasons winning the ACC Tournament and the NCAA National Basketball Championship and was named ACC coach of the year twice. One of the most memorable moments of his career came in 1983 after NC State’s game-winning shot at expiration in the NCAA finals. Like Yow, Valvano also fought cancer. He died shortly after accepting the ESPY's Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award and speaking about his new V Foundation (cancer research) in 1993.
“I don't know how much I have left and I have some things that I would like to say,” a tearful Valvano said in his acceptance speech. “Hopefully, at the end, I will have said something that will be important to other people, too…” The V Foundation has raised over $100 million since its inception in 1993.
Learn more about Jim Valvano by purchasing "Don't Give Up...Don't Ever Give Up with DVD: The Inspiration of Jimmy V--One Coach, 11 Minutes, and an Uncommon Look at the Game of Life"