”Hugh Durham can take his players and beats yours or take yours and beat his.” -Jerry Tarkanian, Former Head Coach, UNLV, Fresno State University and Long Beach State University
(left) Hugh as a Florida State player in the late 1950’s. (Right) Hugh was captain of the Florida State Seminoles his senior season (1958-59).
in Atlanta, GA. Doug was named as a National Assistant Basketball Coach of The Year while coaching for his father at Jacksonville. They also coached against each other as head coaches during the 1994-95 season. Hugh’s Georgia Bulldogs beat Doug’s Georgia Southern University Eagles, 87-57. Doug also is retired from coaching and lives in Panama City, FL where he owns a gym and fitness center. Jim earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and like his oldest brother, received his law degree from Georgia. He is married to the former Leslie Wallin. They have two children-- Cameron and Hugh-- and make their home in Savannah, GA. While coaching, Hugh and Malinda have lived in some of Earth’s most picturesque places--Tallahassee and Jacksonville, FL, Athens, GA, and unquestionably, the North Carolina Mountains. 52
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“Malinda and I have enjoyed living each place, but we absolutely love living in Banner Elk and the gorgeous North Carolina High Country as much as any of them,” he said. “Our children and grandchildren love it here, too, and come up here to be with us as often as possible. The residents here have treated my family and me wonderfully. We hold Banner Elk, Avery County and the North Carolina High Country people in general in the most prominent part of our hearts. They’re salt of the Earth in our estimation.” Certainly, Hugh Durham has experienced serendipity in his own life, as it’s been exciting, adventurous, even daring, but always fulfilling. And he’s regarded by those who know him best as one who never let fame go to his head. Perhaps that’s the greatest testament that could be given him.
Coaching milestones and philosophies
Hugh’s career is highlighted by consistency and punctuated with a penchant for building programs to national prominence. His stubborn attitude about not losing helped Hugh earn a reputation as a miracle worker of zenith proportions in the college basketball world. Truly, if ever a coach put a program in any sport on the map, Hugh did so with University of Georgia Basketball. Hugh is the only coach in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) major college history who is the all-time winningest at three different universities. His career spanned six decades (as a head coach and assistant). Hugh also is the only coach ever to lead two different schools to the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four for the first