The Board of Trustees at University of Arkansas unanimously approved a resolution on March 28th that would name the basketball court at Bud Walton Arena after the legendary basketball coach Nolan Richardson.
"Coach Nolan Richardson is not only a true Razorback legend, he is one of the most impactful coaches in the history of college basketball," said UA Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz.
Hired in 1985, Richardson was the first African-American head coach of a men's program in the Southwest Conference (SWC). Richardson led the Arkansas Razorbacks to win the NCAA Tournament over Duke in 1994 and also helped the team to achieve Final Four status on three separate occasions in the 1990s, and three trips to the SEC tournament championship including an SEC tournament title in 2000. Nolan Richardson was also elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.