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Leo R. Rautins (born 20 March 1960) is a Canadian former basketball player, the former head coach of the Canadian national men's basketball team, and currently a television analyst for the Toronto Raptors.
Rautins was born in Toronto, Ontario and was a star in high school for St. Michael's College School in Toronto, the University of Minnesota for his freshman year of college, and Syracuse University for three seasons. At Minnesota, Rautins was named first-team All Big-Ten rookie, averaging 8.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.9 assists a game. As a member of the Syracuse Orangemen, he averaged 12.1 points, 5.0 assists, and 6.2 rebounds. He is the first player ever to record a triple-double in Big East play, accomplishing the feat twice in the span of a month during his senior year. He was named All Big East third team and Honorable Mention All American that year.
The 6 ft 8 in, 215 lb Rautins was the first Canadian ever drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft going 17th overall to the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1983 Draft. Hampered by knee problems, he played in 28 games as a rookie with the Sixers, averaging just 7 minutes a game, 1.5 points, 1 assist, 1.2 rebounds, and 0.7
Gary Claude Blair is the head coach of the Texas A&M Aggies women's basketball team. In his 26 years as a collegiate head coach, Blair has only suffered one losing season, and has reached postseason play 22 times, including 17 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 2 Final Four appearances in 1998 and 2011. He led the Aggies to the NCAA national championship in 2011. He is listed in the top 35 of the all-time winningest active NCAA Division 1 women's basketball coaches, and is one of the few coaches to guide three different schools to national rankings and NCAA Tournament berths.
Gary Blair is the son of Lee, a plaster foreman, and Jean, a housewife. He was raised in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Dallas. He grew up playing baseball, and as a 128-pound center fielder at Bryan Adams High School, he received all-city honors in 1963. Following his high school graduation in 1963, he enrolled at Texas Tech University, where he failed out of architecture, and moved to California to become a restaurant manager. He got a U.S. Army draft notice in 1969, and decided to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps, completing a four-year tour of duty. He was stationed in Okinawa during his duty. After
Charles Grice "Lefty" Driesell (born December 25, 1931) is an American former college basketball coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Maryland, Davidson College, James Madison University, and Georgia State University. During his 41-year coaching career, Driesell led teams from each school to the NCAA Tournament and earned a reputation as a tireless recruiter. He is the only coach to win 100 games at four different colleges.
He was born on December 25, 1931 in Norfolk, Virginia to Frank Driesell, a jeweler who had emigrated from Germany. In the fourth grade, Driesell received the nickname "Lefty" for his handedness. He attended Granby High School in Norfolk and was selected to the All-State basketball team. After graduating high school in 1950, Driesell attended college at Duke University from 1950 to 1954. He played on the basketball team there as a center under head coach Harold Bradley. Driesell graduated from Duke with a bachelor's degree in 1954.
After college in 1954, he took an office job which paid a $6,200 salary ($53,657 adjusted for inflation), but soon quit to return to Granby High School as its junior varsity basketball coach for $3,200 per year
DeLisha Milton-Jones (born September 11, 1974), née DeLisha Milton, is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Milton-Jones played college basketball for the University of Florida. In her twelve-season WNBA career, she has played for the Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Sparks (twice). She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a two-time WNBA champion, and has been selected to the WNBA All-Star Game three times.
Milton-Jones was born in Riceboro, Georgia in 1974. She attended Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, Georgia, where she played high school basketball for the Bradwell Tigers. Milton-Jones graduated from Bradwell in 1993.
Milton-Jones received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she played for the Florida Gators women's basketball team from 1993 to 1997. She was a four-year letterman, and led the Lady Gators to four NCAA Tournament appearances. As a senior in 1996–1997, she was recognized as an All-American by the Associated Press, Kodak and the Basketball Times; she was also the winner of the Wade Trophy, recognizing the best women's
William Henry Harrison "Tippy" Dye (April 1, 1915 – April 11, 2012) was an American college athlete, coach, and athletic director. As a basketball head coach, Dye led the University of Washington to its only NCAA Final Four appearance. As an athletic director, Dye helped build the University of Nebraska football dynasty.
Dye enrolled at Ohio State University in 1933 and became a star three-sport athlete for the Buckeyes. He earned three varsity letters as a football quarterback in 1934, 1935, and 1936. His team finished those seasons with records of 7-1, 7-1, and 5-3, respectively, and until 2006 he was the only Buckeye quarterback to win three consecutive games over the University of Michigan. Dye also played guard on the school's basketball team, lettering in 1935, 1936 and 1937. He was an All-Conference selection in the Big Ten in 1936 and 1937. In 1937 he was also the team's captain. Dye lettered in baseball in 1935 and 1936.
After graduation, Dye played in the 1937 College All-Star Football Game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field (collegians upset the Packers 6-0). In that game, Dye played in a backfield that included future pro legend, Sammy Baugh. Dye then signed
Dick Harter (October 14, 1930 – March 12, 2012) was an American basketball coach who served as both a head and assistant coach in both the NBA and NCAA.
Dick Harter was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation he coached at Rider University before taking over at Penn.
In the 1970s, Harter, who regarded as one of the top defensive coaches in the game, was the head basketball coach at the University of Oregon, where his "Kamikaze Kids" were known for a swarming defense. Many basketball notables came from Harter's Oregon program, including Stu Jackson and former Oregon coach Ernie Kent. He left Oregon take become head coach at Penn State, staying from 1978 until 1983.
Harter's first job in the NBA was as an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons in the 1982–83 season. He left in 1986 to become an assistant for the Indiana Pacers. In 1988, he was hired into his first head coaching position, with the expansion Charlotte Hornets; he was the franchise's first ever head coach. In the team's second season Harter was fired in 1990 during mid-season when the Hornets' record was 8–32. Harter went on to work on the coaching staff
Eddie Sutton (born March 12, 1936) is an American former college head coach with 36 years of Division I basketball coaching experience at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State (his alma mater), and the University of San Francisco. Sutton became the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA tournament, and he reached the Final Four with Arkansas in 1978 and Oklahoma State in 1995 and 2004. He is one of only eight major college men's basketball coaches to have over 800 career wins.
Eddie Sutton was born in Bucklin, Kansas. He played for Oklahoma State (known as Oklahoma A&M until his senior year of 1957–1958) under legendary coach Henry Iba. While at Oklahoma A&M Sutton became a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.
In his college coaching career, Sutton was the head coach of Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State,and University of San Francisco. He has the rare distinction of having taken two schools (Arkansas and Oklahoma State) to the Final Four, and was the first coach to lead four schools to the NCAA tournament.
Sutton's college coaching career began in 1967 in Twin Falls, Idaho, where he founded the men's basketball program at the College of Southern Idaho, a
Robert Montgomery "Bob" Knight (born October 25, 1940) is a retired American basketball coach. Nicknamed "The General", Knight won 902 NCAA Division I men's college basketball games, second all-time to his former player, Mike Krzyzewski. He is most well known as the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers from 1971–2000. He also coached at Texas Tech (2001–2008) and at West Point (1965–1971).
While at Indiana, Knight led his teams to three NCAA championships, one National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship, and 11 Big Ten Conference championships. He received the National Coach of the Year honor four times and the Big Ten Coach of the Year honor eight times. In 1984, he coached the USA men's Olympic team to a gold medal, becoming one of only three basketball coaches to win an NCAA title, NIT title, and an Olympic gold medal.
Knight was one of college basketball's most successful and innovative coaches, having perfected and popularized the motion offense. He has also been praised for running clean programs (none of his teams were ever sanctioned by the NCAA for recruiting violations) and graduating most of his players. However, Knight has also attracted controversy; he famously
Gerald Eugene "Jerry" Sloan (born March 28, 1942), is an American former National Basketball Association player and head coach, and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. NBA commissioner David Stern called Sloan "one of the greatest and most respected coaches in NBA history." Sloan had a career regular-season win–loss record of 1,221–803, placing him third all-time in NBA wins at the time he retired. Sloan was only the fifth coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 victories and is the only coach in NBA history to record 1,000 wins with one club (the Utah Jazz). He also coached for one team longer than anyone in NBA history. The 2009–10 season was his 22nd season (and 21st full season) as coach of the Jazz. Sloan coached the Jazz to 15 consecutive playoff appearances from 1989–2003. Although he never won a Coach of the Year award, he is one of only three coaches in NBA history with 15-plus consecutive seasons with a winning record (Pat Riley and Phil Jackson are the others). He led Utah to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998 but lost to the Chicago Bulls both times.
After Tom Kelly stepped down as manager of the Minnesota Twins in Major League Baseball in 2001, Sloan became the
Leonard Randolph "Lenny" Wilkens (born October 28, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.) is a retired American basketball player and coach in the NBA. He has been inducted three times into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, first in 1989 as a player, as a coach in 1998, and as part of the US Olympic "The Dream Team" for whom he was an assistant coach.
He is only three victories behind Don Nelson for most career regular season wins as an NBA coach, with 1,332, but he has five more playoff wins than Nelson.
Wilkens grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. His father was African American and his mother was Irish. Wilkens was raised in the Roman Catholic faith.
At Boys High School, Wilkens was a basketball teammate of longtime Major League Baseball star Tommy Davis.
Wilkens was a two-time All-American (1959 and 1960) at Providence College. He led the team to their first NIT appearance in 1959, and to the NIT finals in 1960. When he graduated, Wilkens was, with 1,193 points, the second-ranked scorer in Friar history (he has since dropped to twentieth as of 2005). In 1996, Wilkens' No. 14 jersey was retired by the college, the first alumnus to receive such an
Ralph Klein (Hebrew: רלף קליין ;July 29, 1931 – August 7, 2008) was an Israeli basketball player and coach.
Klein was born in Berlin during the time of the Weimar Republic, to an affluent Hungarian Jewish family that returned to Budapest before the outbreak of World War II. His father died in Auschwitz, but he and his family survived thanks to efforts by Raoul Wallenberg.
After the war, at the age of 16, he began playing football but later moved to basketball and played in the Hungarian national league. In 1951 he immigrated to Israel with his mother.
After serving in the Israeli navy, he joined Maccabi Tel Aviv, with which he played more than 160 games up until 1964, scored 2,701 points and won eight state championships and six state cups. He was a member of the Israeli national team that took part in the 1952 men's basketball tournament, the 1954 World basketball championship and the 1953, 1959, 1961 and 1963 European championships. He played 68 games for the national team.
He began his coaching career in 1964. In 1969 he was appointed as head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, with which he won 14 championships and the European title in 1977. As coach of the Israeli national team, he
Ben Howland (born May 28, 1957) is an American college head coach of men's basketball.
He has been the head coach of the University of California, Los Angeles since 2003, and in 2008 signed an extension of his contract to run through 2015. Aggressive man-to-man defense is the trademark of Ben Howland-coached teams.
Howland was born in Lebanon, Oregon. He first attended Dos Pueblos High School, Goleta, California for a year then transferred to Cerritos High School, Cerritos, where he earned his diploma. While at Cerritos he was a two-time All-CIF and two-time Suburban League Most Valuable Player in basketball.
After high school Howland played college basketball at Santa Barbara City College and Weber State University, and later played professional basketball in Uruguay. He was known as a defensive specialist.
He earned a degree in physical education at Weber State and a master's degree in administration at Gonzaga University.
Howland wanted to be a coach since his teenage years living in Santa Barbara. At the age of twenty-four, he became a graduate assistant at Gonzaga University. His childhood friend Jay Hillock, the new head coach, recruited Howland. At Gonzaga, one of Howland's
Bruce Dean-Fredrick Pearl (born March 18, 1960) is an American college basketball coach who most recently served as head coach of the University of Tennessee Volunteers men's team. He is a graduate of Boston College, where he obtained his first position as an assistant basketball coach. He was the first coach to lead the Volunteers to a national #1 ranking. Pearl also served as the head coach for the Maccabi USA basketball team in the 2009 World Maccabiah Games.
A native of Boston, Pearl attended Sharon High School in Sharon, Massachusetts and is a 1982 graduate of Boston College, where he served as the manager of the men's basketball team. He and his ex-wife, Kimberly, have two daughters, Jacqui and Leah and two sons, Steven, who was on the Tennessee basketball team for four years, and Michael.
Before coming to Tennessee, Pearl was the head coach at Milwaukee and, prior to that, at Southern Indiana, where he won a Division II national championship. He also served as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa under then-head coach Tom Davis.
Among his accolades, Pearl is the second-fastest NCAA coach to reach 300 victories, and needed only 382 games to reach this mark (Roy
Kenneth (known Ken or Kenny) Wayne Natt (born October 5, 1958) is a retired American professional basketball player and ex-interim head coach for the NBA's Sacramento Kings. He was a 6'3" 185 lb (84 kg) guard and played collegiately at Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana-Monroe) and had a three-year NBA playing career. After serving as an assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2004 to 2007, Natt was named to the coaching staff of newly-appointed Kings head coach and former Kansas City Kings teammate Reggie Theus in 2007. He was subsequently named interim head coach on the firing of Theus, but he himself was fired on April 24, 2009, after the Kings finished with an NBA season-low 17 wins.
Kenny Natt was selected with the 7th pick of the second round (30th overall) in the 1980 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. He played for three different teams until the 1984–85 season.
Outside of his NBA career, he played for seven total teams in the CBA and the WBL.
Natt was an assistant coach for the Utah Jazz under Jerry Sloan for nine years until joining the Cleveland Cavaliers' coaching staff in 2004. He has also coached in the CBA and the Canadian NBL with the
Richard "Digger" Phelps (born July 4, 1941) is a former American college basketball coach, most notably of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team from 1971 to 1991. Since 1993, he has served as an analyst on ESPN.
Phelps began his coaching career in 1963 as a graduate assistant at Rider College (now Rider University), where he had played basketball. After a move to St. Gabriel's High School in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, he obtained his first full assistant job in 1966 at the University of Pennsylvania. His first head coaching job came in 1970 at Fordham University. After leading the Fordham Rams to a 26-3 record in the 1970-71 season, he was named head coach at the University of Notre Dame.
During his 20 seasons at Notre Dame (1971–91), his teams went 393-197, with 14 seasons of 20 wins or more. In 1978, Notre Dame made its only Final Four to date. His most-remembered game was on January 19, 1974, when the Fighting Irish scored the last 12 points of the game to defeat top-ranked UCLA 71-70, ending the Bruins' record 88-game winning streak. He shares the NCAA record for most upsets over a #1 team at seven (Gary Williams also has 7).
After retiring from Notre Dame he
Erin Thorn (born May 19, 1981 in Orem, Utah) is an American professional basketball player. She is currently playing for Tarbes GB in Tarbes, France.
Thorn was a four-year starter as shooting guard for the women's basketball team at Brigham Young University. She graduated in 2003, majoring in Fitness and Wellness Management.
Thorn was selected by the New York Liberty in the second round (17th overall pick) of the 2003 WNBA Draft, on April 25, 2003. She became a starter in 2007, after Vickie Johnson and Becky Hammon had departed the Liberty. Thorn was named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week ending May 29, 2007.
In the offseason, she has been serving as an assistant coach for her alma mater, Brigham Young University.
In 2009 WNBA offseason, Thorn was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Sky.
In the 2012 WNBA offseason, Thorn agreed to a contract with the Minnesota Lynx.
Dana "Pokey" Chatman (born June 18, 1969 in Ama, Louisiana) is the current general manager and head coach of the Chicago Sky of the WNBA. She is the former head coach of the LSU Lady Tigers basketball team and the Spartak Moscow's women's basketball team. After taking over from coach Sue Gunter in 2004, Chatman led the Lady Tigers to three consecutive NCAA Final Fours in 2004 (as acting head coach for the ailing Gunter), 2005, and 2006.
Notably, Chatman resigned from her post at LSU on March 7, 2007 amid allegations of inappropriate relationships with former players that were alleged to have begun when Chatman was coaching the players. The resignation and ensuing controversy appeared to have little effect on her team's preparation for the NCAA Tournament; as the Tigers made it to the 2007 Final Four.
She played point guard in high school and was a 5-time AAU All-American.
The 1991 Kodak All-American point guard played for Gunter from 1987 to 1991, starting all but one game and setting the all-time steals (346) and assists (570) records at LSU. Her assist record was broken in the 2003–2004 season by Temeka Johnson. Chatman played in the NCAA Tournament four times and posted a record
Elaine Elliott is a former head coach of the women's basketball team at the University of Utah. During a year-long leave of absence to consider retirement, former Assistant Coach Anthony Levrets took over as head coach. She is the winningest basketball coach in school history, having compiled a career record of 582–234 (.713). She has led the Utes to 15 appearances in NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2006. The Utes came within 3 points of knocking out the eventual National Champions, the Maryland Terrapins. She has recorded nineteen 20-win seasons as well. She formally retired as head coach on March 23, 2011.
Starting with the 2011-12 season, Elaine Elliott is now an assistant coach at Salt Lake City's Westminster College.
Elliot was born in Lakewood, Washington. She earned a master's degree from the University of Utah.
Amos Parker Foster (March 10, 1880 – August 7, 1952) was an American football and basketball player and coach in the early 1900s. He was a 1904 graduate of Dartmouth College where he lettered in both basketball and football. Foster served as the head football coach at the University of Cincinnati (1904–1905), the University of Nebraska (1906), and Miami University (1907–1908), compiling a career college football mark of 30–9. He was also the head basketball coach at Cincinnati for five seasons from 1904 to 1909, tallying a mark of 30–10. After coaching he practiced law in Ohio.
Foster was born on March 10, 1880 in Keene, New Hampshire. He graduated from Cushing Academy in 1899, where he had played on several athletic teams. He spent the next year doing college preparatory work at Cushing and was a member of the graduate basketball team, which was named All-New England champion after winning in a tournament of 35 top teams.
Foster lettered in football in 1902 and 1903 for Dartmouth. He helped the 1903 team coached by Fred Folsom to a 9–1 record including the school's first-ever win over Harvard. Many of the Eastern writers named him to their All-American team for his success his
Jeffrey William "Jeff" Van Gundy (born January 19, 1962) is a former American basketball head coach. He has coached two teams in the National Basketball Association: the New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets. Van Gundy attended Yale University before transferring to Menlo College and ultimately graduated from New York's Nazareth College in 1985.
His older brother Stan Van Gundy has served as head coach of the NBA's Miami Heat and Orlando Magic.
Van Gundy was born in Hemet, California. He grew up in the town of Brockport, New York. He is the son of a basketball coach, Bill Van Gundy, the former head coach at Brockport State University in Western New York. As a high-school point guard, he was a two-time All Greater Rochester selection in 1979 and 1980, leading Brockport Central to the Class AA finals. He continued his career at Nazareth College where he earned All American honors while leading the Golden Flyers to an NCAA Tournament berth in 1984. He remains the Nazareth career leader in free throw percentage at 87%.
Van Gundy began his basketball coaching career during the 1985-86 season at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, New York. The following year he became a graduate
Lawrence Harvey "Larry" Brown (born September 14, 1940) is an American basketball coach, who is currently the head coach at Southern Methodist University. Before coaching, Brown played collegiately at the University of North Carolina and professionally in the ABA. He has been a college and professional basketball coach since 1972. He has won over 1,000 professional games in the ABA and the NBA and is the only coach in NBA history to lead eight different teams to the playoffs. He is also the only person ever to coach two NBA franchises in the same season (San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers during the 1991-92 NBA season). He is 1,275–965 in his career. He is also the only coach in history to win both an NCAA National Championship (Kansas, 1988) and an NBA Championship (Detroit, 2004).
Brown was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach on September 27, 2002 and is widely considered one of the greatest coaches in basketball history, although he has developed a reputation for constantly looking for better coaching opportunities and frequently switching teams or programs before the expiration of his contract.
Brown is Jewish, and was born in Brooklyn, New York. A
Lionel Eugene Hollins (born October 19, 1953) is a retired American professional basketball player and the current head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association.
During his ten-year NBA career playing as a point guard he played for five teams, averaging 11.6 points and 4.5 assists per game.
Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers with the sixth pick of the 1975 NBA Draft out of Arizona State University, Hollins was bestowed All-Rookie first team honors that season, averaging 10.8 points in 78 games for the Blazers. Prior to his two seasons at Arizona State, he played two years at Dixie Community College in St. George, Utah.
He was a member of Portland's 1976–77 National Basketball Association championship team, and made his only All-Star Game appearance one year later. He was a member of the NBA All-Defensive team twice, in 1978 and 1979.
Prior to his head coaching career, Hollins served as an assistant coach at Arizona State in the 1985–86 season and again in the 1987–88 season. He then served as an assistant for the Phoenix Suns under head coaches Cotton Fitzsimmons and Paul Westphal from 1988 to 1995.
Hollins compiled a record of 18–42 as the interim
Trent Johnson (born September 12, 1956) is an American college basketball coach and the head coach of the TCU Horned Frogs basketball team. Johnson was officially named coach on Monday, April 9, 2012. Johnson replaced Jim Christian, who resigned as head coach of the TCU Horned Frogs to accept the Head Coach position at the Ohio University on April 2. Johnson had previously been the head coach at Louisiana State University, Stanford University and University of Nevada.
Johnson was born in Berkeley, California. He graduated from Franklin High School in Seattle, Washington in 1974 and played at Boise State University from 1974 to 1978. He received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Boise State in 1983.
In five seasons as head coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack, Johnson helped establish an unprecedented level of success for the program. This culminated in the 2003-2004 season, when Johnson guided the Wolf Pack to a 25-9 record and its first NCAA Division I tournament appearance since 1985. Led by stars Kirk Snyder, Marcelus Kemp and Nick Fazekas, Nevada defeated Michigan State and Gonzaga in the opening rounds of the tournament, before falling to eventual tournament runner-up
James A. Calhoun (born May 10, 1942) is the former head coach of the University of Connecticut's men's basketball team. He announced his retirement on September 13, 2012. His teams have won three national championships (1999, 2004, 2011), played in four Final Fours (most recently in 2011), won the 1988 NIT championship, and have won seven Big East tournament championships (in 1990, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, and 2011). In 2005 he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. On Feb 25, 2009, Jim Calhoun won his 800th game when Connecticut beat Marquette, 93–82. On April 4, 2011, Calhoun won his third NCAA Men's Championship as the Connecticut Huskies defeated the Butler Bulldogs 53–41. The victory over Butler made Calhoun, at 68, the oldest coach to win an NCAA Division I men's basketball title.
A self-described Irish Catholic, Calhoun was born and raised in Braintree, Massachusetts, where he was a standout on the basketball, football, and baseball teams at Braintree High School. After his father died of a heart attack when Calhoun was 15, he was left to watch over his large family that included five siblings.
Although he received a basketball scholarship to Lowell State (now
Bill Grier (born October 19, 1963) is an American college basketball coach. He is currently the head men's basketball coach at the University of San Diego.
Grier was born in Silverton, Oregon, and he attended Cottage Grove High School in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He began coaching freshman basketball at his alma mater in 1986. He left to attend Central Oregon Community College and Southwestern Oregon Community College, where he played basketball, before earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon in 1990.
He coached at Creswell High School in Creswell, Oregon before becoming an assistant college coach at Gonzaga University in 1992. He remained at Gonzaga until 2007, when he was hired to coach at USD. In his first season, Grier coached the Toreros to an upset of Gonzaga in the finals of the WCC tournament. The Toreros received a #13 seed in the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and upset #4 seed Connecticut in the first round.
In April 2008, Grier explored the opening at Oregon State but decided to remain at San Diego.
Isiah Lord Thomas III ( /aɪˈzeɪ.ə/; born April 30, 1961), nicknamed "Zeke", is a retired American basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 12-time NBA All-Star was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Thomas has also been a professional and collegiate head coach, and also held roles as a basketball executive.
Thomas played collegiately for the Indiana University Hoosiers. He went on to play professionally as point guard for the Pistons from 1981 until 1994 and led the "Bad Boys" to NBA championships in the 1988–89 and 1989–90 seasons. After his playing career, he was an executive with the Toronto Raptors, a television commentator, an executive with the Continental Basketball Association, head coach of the Indiana Pacers, and an executive and head coach for the New York Knicks. He was later the men's basketball coach for the Florida International University (FIU) Golden Panthers for three seasons from 2009 to 2012.
Thomas was born on April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois. The youngest of nine brothers and sisters, he commuted
Van Chancellor (born September 27, 1943 in Louisville, Mississippi, United States) is the former Louisiana State University women's basketball coach. He was named head coach on April 11, 2007, replacing Pokey Chatman. In 2001, Van Chancellor was elected to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was enshrined as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2007. Van Chancellor currently serves as an analyst for the Southland Conference Television Network for all women's games and some men's games.
Van Chancellor played two years of basketball at East Central Junior College in Decatur, Mississippi, before transferring to Mississippi State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics & physical education in 1965.
During his senior year at Mississippi State, he served as head coach of the boy’s basketball team at Noxapater High School. Chancellor went on to coach boy’s and girl’s basketball at Horn Lake High School and Harrison Central High School in Mississippi. Chancellor received his master’s degree in physical education from the University of Mississippi in 1973.
Chancellor spent 19 seasons (1978–1997) as
Sharon Fanning-Otis is the current head women's basketball coach at Mississippi State. In 17 years as the head coach of the Lady Bulldogs, she compiled a 281-229 (.551) record. Under her tenure, she has compiled 6 winning seasons, and 7 postseason appearances. She has led MSU to its first ever appearance in the AP Final Poll, and to its first two 20 win seasons. Her 2003 team went 24-8, and finished in the Top 10. During the 2004 season, MSU set a school record for longest winning streak at 12 games. She has announced that the 2011-2012 season will be her last at Mississippi State.
She attended Chattanooga High School, and later University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she played both basketball and volleyball. She started her career at Tennessee as a graduate assistant coach in 1975. From 1976 to 1978, she served as the head volleyball coach at UTC. During that time, she also served as the head women's basketball coach there all the way to 1987. From 1987 to 1995 she served as the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball team. Her overall career record is 597-449.
Tara VanDerveer (born June 26, 1953) has been the Stanford University women's basketball coach since 1985. She led the Stanford Cardinal to two NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championships: in 1990 and 1992. She stepped away from the Stanford program for a year to serve as the U.S. national team head coach at the 1996 Olympic Games. VanDerveer is the 1990 Naismith National Coach of the Year and a ten-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year. She is also one of only seven NCAA Women's Basketball coaches to win at least 800 games.
VanDerveer was born on June 26, 1953, to Dunbar and Rita VanDerveer, who named their first child "Tara" after the plantation in Gone with the Wind. She was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, a part of Greater Boston, but grew up in a small town in West Hill, near Schenectady, New York. Her parents were interested in a well-rounded education. Her father was studying for a doctorate at the school now known as the University at Albany. He took the family to Chautauqua in the summer, where she immersed in arts as well as sports. At the age of ten, her parents bought her a flute, and arranged for lessons. Two years later, one of the premier flutists in the world was
Billy Clyde Gillispie (/ɡɨˈlɪspi/gə-LIS-pee), also known by his initials BCG, is an American college basketball coach. Gillispie has coached the UTEP Miners, Texas A&M Aggies, Kentucky Wildcats, and most recently, the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
After leading both UTEP Miners and Texas A&M Aggies to postseason appearances one year after poor seasons, Gillispie became the only college basketball coach to be in charge of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) program with the biggest turnaround in two consecutive seasons. Gillispie is known as an excellent recruiter who has managed to put together four straight top-25 recruiting classes. In his three seasons at Texas A&M, the Aggies achieved three consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in the program's history.
Billy Clyde Gillispie was born November 7, 1959 in Abilene, Texas, the middle child and only boy among five children of Clyde, a cattle truck driver, and Winifred Gillispie. He grew up in Graford, Texas, a town of 494 people located about 65 miles west of Fort Worth. As a child, Gillispie worked as a paperboy, delivering copies of The Fort Worth Press. At Graford High School, Gillispie played point guard for
Dwane Casey (born April 17, 1957) is a former NCAA basketball player and coach who currently is a head coach in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors.
Casey was born in Morganfield, Kentucky, and graduated from Union County High School in 1975.
At the University of Kentucky Casey had a career average of 12.3 points, and 6.1 assists per game. Casey served as team captain during his senior year. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in business administration in 1979.
Casey began his coaching career in 1979, as an assistant coach for the University of Kentucky. In late March 1988 while still serving as an assistant coach there, Emery Worldwide employees discovered $1,000 in cash in an envelope that was accidentally opened. The envelope was addressed to Claud Mills, the father of recruit Chris Mills, and the sender was identified as Casey. The University of Kentucky said that the evidence collected during the investigation is inconclusive, and does not prove that Casey sent the money. The scandal resulted in Casey's resignation, and Casey being placed on probation for 5 years by the NCAA.
After his resignation from the NCAA, Casey served as an assistant coach for the
Seth Greenberg (born April 18, 1956) is an American college basketball coach, and the former head coach for the Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball team. After his initial season coaching the team in the Big East Conference, he guided the Hokies through their first two full seasons in the Atlantic Coast Conference starting in 2004–05, earning the team a first-round bye in the ACC Tournament and their first post-season tournament appearance since 1996 with a trip to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
Greenberg's success in 2005 earned him the ACC Coach of the Year award, given by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. He repeated this achievement in 2008.
In 2005, he helped donate 2,400 student tickets to the NIT game against Temple. In 2008, he increased the donations to 3000 tickets for students in all three NIT games played in Cassell Coliseum.
During the 2006–07 season, Greenberg led the Hokies to signature victories against #1 North Carolina at home in an eight-day span. The victories landed the Hokies in the AP Top 25 for the first time in over a decade, and earned their first NCAA tournament appearance since the 1995-96 season. They received a #5 seed in the
James "Bruiser" Flint (born July 23, 1965) is an American men's basketball coach. He is currently the head coach at Drexel University, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was born.
Flint is a 1987 graduate of Saint Joseph's University. While attending St. Joe's, Flint was a member of the school's varsity basketball team. Flint was named to the all-Atlantic 10 team as a senior, and was inducted into the St. Joe's athletic hall of fame in 1988.
In 1987, Flint became an assistant coach at Coppin State University. Two years later, Flint became an assistant coach under John Calipari at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (or UMass). After Calipari left UMass for the NBA in 1996, Flint was named his successor, becoming the school's 17th head coach. While coach of the Minutemen, Flint compiled an overall record of 86–72, including a 52–28 in-conference record. He won an NABC District Coach of the Year award in 1998. Facing pressure after being unable to maintain the Minutemen's level of success that they enjoyed under Calipari, Flint resigned from UMass after the 2000–01 season.
Flint became the head coach at Drexel on April 5, 2001. He has been named Colonial Athletic
Rex Andrew Walters (born March 12, 1970) is a retired American professional basketball player and current men's basketball coach at the University of San Francisco. Walters played college basketball at Northwestern University and the University of Kansas and played professionally for ten years, including seven seasons in the NBA, from 1993 to 2003.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Walters played high school basketball at Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose, California, but graduated from Independence High School in San Jose, California. Walters played at Northwestern University before transferring to the University of Kansas, where he helped lead the Jayhawks to the Final Four in 1993. During his time at Kansas he was coached by Roy Williams. The 6'4" (1.93 m) shooting guard was selected by the National Basketball Association's New Jersey Nets with the 16th pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. Walters played in the league from 1993 until 2000. He was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in his third season and he also played briefly with the Miami Heat. After leaving the NBA, Walters played for León and Gran Canaria in Spain. In addition to his playing career, Walters had a minor role in the 1994
Thomas William "Tom" Heinsohn (born August 26, 1934) is a retired American professional basketball player. He has been associated with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) for six decades as a player, coach and broadcaster. He played for the Celtics from 1956 to 1965, and also coached the team from 1969 to 1978. He has been granted Hall of Fame Status for his success as both a player and a coach. He helped form the NBA players union. He is the only person to have the distinction of being involved in an official team capacity in each of the Celtics' 17 championships, as well as each of their 21 NBA Finals appearances. He is currently the color commentator on the Celtics' television broadcasts on CSN New England.
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Heinsohn was a standout at St. Michael's High School in nearby Union City. He accepted a scholarship to Holy Cross and became the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,789 points, an average of 22.1 points per game. During his senior year, Heinsohn scored a school record 51 points in a game against Boston College.
In 1956, Heinsohn was chosen as the Boston Celtics 'regional', or 'territorial', draft pick. In his
Walter E. Meanwell (January 26, 1884 – December 2, 1953) was an English college men's basketball coach in the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. The Leeds, England native coached in the U.S. for the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1911–17, 1920–34) and the University of Missouri (1918–20) to an overall record of 290–101.
Meanwell became the fourth basketball coach in University of Wisconsin–Madison history in 1911. After earning a doctorate degree in 1915, he was nicknamed "Doc" or "Little Doc" (due to his 5'6" frame). During World War I he served in the US Army. After a two-year stint at University of Missouri, Meanwell was back at Wisconsin. The Badgers won or shared four Big Ten titles under his guidance (1921, 1923–24, 1929). Meanwell taught a style of game that featured short passing, crisscross dribbles and a tight zone defense. In 1934 he retired from coaching and practiced medicine in Madison, Wisconsin, until his death. He was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach in 1959.
Ernie Kent (born January 22, 1955 in Rockford, Illinois) is an American college basketball coach. He is the former head men's basketball coach at the University of Oregon. Kent replaced Jerry Green as coach following the 1996-97 season. Prior to becoming head coach at Oregon, Kent was an assistant at Stanford University and also coached at St. Mary's as well as abroad in Saudi Arabia.
Kent played for the Oregon Ducks from 1973 to 1977 under head coach Dick Harter. Nicknamed "Million Moves", he was a part of the Kamikaze Kids, known for constant hustle and extremely aggressive play in their attempts to win ball games. Knee injuries ended his collegiate career.
Between 1980 and 1987, Ernie Kent spent his days in Saudi Arabia coaching basketball for the Al-Khaleej Club. Kent and his wife were immersed in Arab culture, living in a Shiite Muslim village for their first two years, also working for the Arabian American Oil Company in Dhahran. He recalls learning how to be patient, since a translator was required for communication with his team. It was a stressful period of his life and taught him how to deal with extreme pressure.
After returning to the United States from Saudi Arabia, he
Oded Kattash (Hebrew: עודד קטש, born October 10, 1974 in Giv'atayim, Israel) is an Israeli basketball coach and former player. Kattash is currently the head coach of Hapoel Eilat B.C.. As a player, he won a Euroleague title in the 1999–2000 season while playing with Panathinaikos.
In 2005, he was voted the 68th-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet to determine whom the general public considered the 200 Greatest Israelis.
He is 194 cm (6'4 3/8") tall and he played as a point guard. When he was 9 years old he joined the junior department of Maccabi Tel Aviv. He played for Maccabi Darom (Which was Maccabi Tel Aviv's farm team at the time), Maccabi Ramat Gan, and Hapoel Galil Elyon, before returning in 1995 to Maccabi Tel Aviv to join the senior team. With Macabbi's senior team he won 4 Israeli Championships and 2 Israeli Cups.
He played at the Eurobasket 1997 European Championship with the Israeli national basketball team, scoring 22 points per game during the tournament. He subsequently agreed to play with the New York Knicks, but he never actually played in the NBA because of the 1998-99 NBA season lockout that started on July 1,
Polk Robison (May 24, 1912 – June 27, 2008) was an American collegiate basketball and football coach and college athletics administrator who served as the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team from 1942 to 1946 and again from 1947 to 1961. He served as the university's athletic director from 1961 to 1969.
As a student at Texas Tech, Robison tried out for the football team but did not make the cut. However, he did letter in basketball and tennis. After graduating in 1934, he helped coach football and tennis in the 1940s.
Robison coached the Red Raiders basketball teams to their first NCAA tournament appearances—in 1954, 1956, and 1961. His overall record at the school was 254–195.
After stepping down from his coaching position in 1961, Robison served as the athletic director at Texas Tech until 1969. He served two more years on the athletics staff before finally retiring in 1971.
To honor Robison's years of service, the Polk Robison Men's Basketball Hall of Honor was created in 2003. It is located on the north side of the main lobby of United Spirit Arena.
Robison died of natural causes on Friday, June 27, 2008 at the age of 96.
John Robic (born August 10, 1963) is an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining the Wildcats staff, he served as assistant coach at the University of Memphis and head coach at Youngstown State University.
After graduating from North Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Robic attended Walsh College in Canton, Ohio, before transferring to Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication and physical education in 1986.
At Denison, Robic garnered Division III All-America accolades as a senior and was a two-time all-conference performer. He was one of 10 former players to be named to the 10th Anniversary All-Decade Team in the league in 1994. In the fall of 2006, he was inducted into the Denison Athletic Hall of Fame. Robic was inducted into the North Hills High School Hall of Fame in 2004.
Robic served as a graduate assistant on Larry Brown's staff at the University of Kansas for two years (1986–87, 1987–88). While in Lawrence, he was a member of the coaching staff that led the Jayhawks to a 52-22 two-year mark and consecutive NCAA Tournaments. The 1986-87 squad advanced to the
Mike Davis (born September 15, 1960) is an American college basketball coach, currently interim head coach at Texas Southern University. He had previously been head men's head coach of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers and at Indiana University.
Davis, an Alabama native, spent his collegiate playing career with the University of Alabama Crimson Tide after earning the state's Mr. Basketball honor in 1979. In his first season, he played for the legendary C. M. Newton and then spent his final three years playing under another coaching legend, Wimp Sanderson. He ended his career with a 10.1 points per game average. His 165 steals ranks third all-time at the school. Davis won the team's Hustle Award all four seasons and was named to the Southeastern Conference's All-Defensive team his senior year.
Following his playing career at Alabama, Davis was a second-round selection of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association in the 1983 draft, but never played in the league. He would spend the next two seasons playing in Switzerland, where he and teammate Ron Burns were named to the league's all-star team, and in Italy. He played the 1988-89 season with the Topeka
Rick Pitino (born September 18, 1952) is an American basketball coach. Since 2001, he has been the head coach at the University of Louisville. He has also served as head coach at Boston University, Providence College and the University of Kentucky, leading that program to the NCAA championship in 1996. He has coached on the professional level for the NBA's New York Knicks and Boston Celtics with mixed results.
Pitino holds the distinction of being the only men's coach in NCAA history to lead three different schools (Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville) to a Final Four. (John Calipari did the same, but two of his Final Four appearances were later vacated by the NCAA.) Pitino is also only one of three coaches ever to take his school to the Final Four in four separate decades. In addition, Pitino has achieved a measure of success as an author and a motivational speaker.
Pitino, a Sicilian American and native of New York City, grew up in the Village of Bayville and was captain of the St. Dominic High School basketball team in nearby Oyster Bay, Long Island. He enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1970. He was a standout guard for the Minutemen basketball team. His
Steve Lavin (born September 4, 1964) is an American basketball coach. He is currently the head men's basketball coach at St. John's University in Queens, New York. Lavin previously served as the head coach for UCLA.
Lavin — whose nine-year head coaching record includes seven NCAA Tournament appearances, five trips to the NCAA Round of 16 and seven seasons of 21 wins or more — became the 19th head men’s basketball coach in St. John’s 100-plus years of hardwood tradition on March 30, 2010. Trading in his broadcaster’s microphone for the whistle and clipboard once again after seven years as one of ESPN’s premier college basketball analysts, Lavin spent his first two years in the Empire State revitalizing the foremost college basketball program in the city that has called the game its own for more than a century.
Working strategically, Lavin has breathed new life into St. John’s program. Lavin first assembled an elite and specialized basketball staff that is among the NCAA’s finest, including individuals with NBA coaching experience, a history of national and city championships and roots that have sprung up from each corner of New York City’s rich basketball culture and extend not only
Panagiotis Giannakis (Greek: Παναγιώτης Γιαννάκης, pronounced [panaˈʝotis ʝaˈnacis]; born January 1, 1959 in Nikaia, Attica, Athens, Greece), nicknamed "The Dragon", is a retired Greek professional basketball player and the current coach of Limoges. He is the former head coach of the pro club Olympiacos, and the Greek National Basketball Team. Under Giannakis' guidance, the Greek National team won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2005, and the silver medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. Giannakis also coached an Athenian professional team, Maroussi, which he led to the forefront of Greek League basketball.
A true floor general from the point guard position, Giannakis began his pro career in Greece with Ionikos Nikaias, before moving to Aris, where he spent the major part of his career. In Thessaloniki, he led the Yellows (Aris) to three consecutive Euroleague Final Fours between 1988 and 1990, as well as to a Saporta Cup title in 1993. In the summer of 1993, he was transferred to Panionios, and finally a year later, to Panathinaikos, with whom he won a Euroleague championship in 1996. On February 3, 2008, Giannakis was chosen as one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague
Jody Conradt (born May 13, 1941) is a retired women's basketball coach. She was the head coach for the women's team at University of Texas at Austin (UT). Her coaching career spanned 38 years, with the last 31 years at UT from 1976 to 2007. She also served concurrently as the UT women's athletic director from 1992 to 2001. During her tenure at UT, she achieved several notable personal and team milestones in collegiate basketball. At retirement, she had tallied 900 career victories, second place in all time victories for a NCAA Division I basketball coach.
She was born in Goldthwaite, Texas, United States. She was a standout basketball player at Goldthwaite High School (Texas), where she averaged 40 points per game. After high school, she played collegiate basketball at Baylor University, earning a degree in physical education in 1963. She finished her collegiate basketball career averaging 20 points per game. After graduation, she taught and coached at Waco Midway High School and earned her master's degree from Baylor in 1969.
Prior to her career at UT she served as women's basketball head coach at Sam Houston State University from 1969 to 1973 and at the University of Texas at
Sherri Kay Coale (born January 19, 1965) is the current head coach of the University of Oklahoma Sooners women's basketball team.
Coale grew up in Healdton, Oklahoma and married Dane Scott Coale (born 1964) on June 20, 1987. The couple has two children, son Colton (born 1992) and daughter, Chandler (born 1996). Coale has one brother, Jack. Their parents are Beverly Stash and Joe Buben.
Sherri completed her undergraduate studies at Oklahoma Christian College in Oklahoma City, where she graduated summa cum laude in 1987. There she played on the school's Lady Eagles basketball team as a guard.
Sherri Coale accepted her current position in 1996. She went directly from a high school squad (having coached the previous 6 years at the local Norman High School) to an NCAA Division I team. She took over a team in turmoil at Oklahoma and brought it into the national spotlight in 2002 when her team went to the National Championship game.
In 2005–2006 Coale's Sooners went 16–0 in Big 12 play and became the second Big 12 basketball team, men's or women's, to go undefeated in conference play. The University of Kansas men's basketball team went undefeated in Big 12 play in the 2001–2002 season. In
Andy Landers (born October 8, 1952 in Maryville, Tennessee) is the longtime head coach of the University of Georgia Lady Bulldogs basketball team. He married the former Pam McClellan in 1981 and has two children, Andrea Lauren and Drew Joseph.
Following the 2007-08 season, Landers had compiled an overall record of 789-246 (.762) and a record of 707-225 (.760) at Georgia.
Landers graduated from Friendsville (Tenn.) High School in 1970, then attended and graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1974 with a degree in Physical Education.
In 1975, Landers began his coaching career at Roane State Community College, compiling an 82-21 record over four seasons before Vince Dooley made the 26-year-old his first hire as athletic director at Georgia.
The Lady Bulldog program Landers inherited had compiled a 37-85 record in its first six seasons and had virtually no budget. However, in his first season, Landers led the Lady Bulldogs to a 16-12 record, and by his fourth year in Athens, he had taken them to their first of five NCAA Final Fours. By 1985, the Lady Dogs were in the National Championship game.
Since arriving at UGA, Landers has been named National Coach of the Year four
Robert W. Hill (born November 24, 1948 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American basketball coach. Hill grew up in Mount Sterling, Ohio moving to Worthington, Ohio for high school. Upon graduating from high School, Hill entered Bowling Green State University. Hill is currently the head coach of the Tokyo Apache in Japan. During the summer of 2011, he was invited by Nike to help Taiwan men's basketball team as a consultant.
Bob Hill played basketball and baseball collegiately at Bowling Green State University and was also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He attended the school during a time when college players were not eligible to join the varsity squad until their sophomore seasons; although he showed tremendous promise as a member of the freshman team, his success never really translated over to his tenure as a member of the varsity team. He then became interested in coaching.
Hill was an assistant coach for the Kansas Jayhawks from 1979-85.
Hill coached the New York Knicks in 1986–87, spent three seasons as the Indiana Pacers' head coach (1990–93), and piloted the San Antonio Spurs to an NBA-best 62 wins in 1994–95 before losing to the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference
Carlo Recalcati (born September 11, 1945 in Milan, Italy) is an Italian professional basketball coach and a former player.
He was the coach of the Italian national basketball team from 2001 to 2009, and led them to the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, and the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2003.
As a player on the club level, Recalcati played for Pallacanestro Cantù (1962–1979, winning the Italian Championship in 1968 and 1975), and Pallacanestro Parma (1979–1981). He also played for the Italian national team from 1967 to 1975 (winning the bronze at EuroBasket 1971 and EuroBasket 1975).
As a coach, Recalcati coached Pallacanestro Parma (1980–81), Alpe Bergamo (1982–84), Pallacanestro Cantù (1984–90, reached the final in the Korać Cup in the 1988-89 season), Viola Reggio Calabria (1990–95), Teorematour Milano (1995), Pallacanestro Varese (1997–1999, won the Italian Championship in the 1998-99 season), Fortitudo Bologna (1999-01, won the Italian Championship in the 1999-00 season), and Montepaschi Siena (2003–06, won the Italian Championship in the 2003-04 season and the Italian Supercup in the 2004-05 season.
Katie Meier is the women's basketball head coach for the University of Miami. She is a 1990 graduate of Duke University, where she played college basketball.
Meier is in her sixth season as the head women's basketball coach for the Miami Hurricanes. She led her 2010-2011 team to a 26-3 (12-2) record and claimed a share of the ACC regular season title. She was named ACC Coach of the Year for the 2010-2011 campaign.
During her four-year tenure at Charlotte, Meier led the 49ers to three postseason berths - one NCAA Tournament appearance (2003) and two WNIT appearances (2004, 2005) - and a combined overall record of 76-45 (.628). Prior to her appointment as head coach at Charlotte in 2001, the 49ers had only one previous postseason appearance - a WNIT berth in 1990.
In her inaugural campaign at Charlotte, Meier led the 49ers to a 16-13 finish to record their first winning season in eight years. The following season, she guided the 49ers to a 21-9 finish marking the most wins (21) in over a decade at Charlotte. With a 12-2 record in Conference USA play, Meier and the 49ers also earned the school's first-ever C-USA regular-season championship and earned the school's first-ever appearance
Sylvia Crawley (born September 27, 1972 in Steubenville, Ohio, U.S.) is an American former professional women's basketball forward, licensed minister and motivational speaker. She was also the head women's basketball coach of the Boston College Eagles from April 28, 2008 to March 15, 2012.
After starring at Steubenville High School, Crawley played collegiate basketball for the women's basketball team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). She was a member of the UNC's NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship team in 1994, her senior season.
After graduation from UNC, Crawley played for the Portland Power of the American Basketball League (ABL). She won the ABL's slam dunk contest in 1998.
After the ABL folded due to financial problems, she was selected by the Portland Fire, and played with them for three seasons. When the Fire folded, Crawley was selected by the Indiana Fever during the WNBA's dispersal draft in April 2003. But prior to the start of the 2003 season, the Fever traded Crawley and a rookie player Gwen Jackson to the San Antonio Silver Stars, in exchange for Natalie Williams and Coretta Brown.
Crawley spent that one season with the Silver
Jennifer Rizzotti (born May 15, 1974) is a retired American collegiate and professional basketball player, and current Division I coach. She is the daughter of Tom Rizzotti and Carol Rizzotti. ==High School Rizzotti attended New Fairfield High School in New Fairfield, Connecticut.
From 1992 to 1996, she starred on the women's basketball team at the University of Connecticut. She was the starting point guard on the Huskies first national championship team in 1995, which recorded a perfect season, winning all 35 games. Rizzotti's picture was on the cover of Sport's Illustrated magazine in recognition of the perfect season. Jen was awarded the prestigious Honda-Broderick Cup for 1995-96, presented to the athlete "most deserving of recognition as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year". She was named the 1996 Associated Press Player of the Year. Rizzotti was a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program. Rizzotti won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award during the 1995-96 basketball season. This award is given to the best women's basketball player in the country under 5'6' tall. During the 1995-96
Mark Frederick Gottfried (born January 20, 1964) is an American men's college basketball coach and former player. He was named head coach of NC State on April 5, 2011.
Gottfried played one season at Oral Roberts and three seasons at Alabama, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in each of his seasons with the Crimson Tide. He spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at UCLA, including the team's 1995 NCAA championship season, three years as head coach at Murray State, and eleven years as head coach at Alabama.
Gottfried is currently an honorary board of trustees member of the Athletes in Action sports ministry.
Gottfried was born in Crestline, Ohio. He played varsity basketball at Carterville High School in Carterville, Illinois and Carbondale High School in Carbondale, Illinois. He then played for UMS Prep (now known as UMS-Wright Preparatory School) in Mobile, Alabama during his senior year, averaging 21.6 ppg/11.2 rpg before graduating in 1982. As a student, he was selected to the National Honor Society. Gottfried was inducted into UMS-Wright's Hall of Fame and in 2004 was the UMS Alumnus of the Year.
Gottfried attended Oral Roberts on a basketball scholarship. After playing there
Oliver Purnell (born May 19, 1953) is an American college basketball coach. He is currently the head coach at DePaul University. Purnell previously served as the head coach for Clemson University, the University of Dayton, Old Dominion University, and Radford University.
Purnell was born in Berlin, Maryland, the second of Oliver Sr. and Phyllis' four children. He attended Stephen Decatur High School, where he played on the boys' basketball team that captured the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Class B championship in 1970. Purnell was recruited to play basketball at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. While at Old Dominion, Purnell enjoyed a highly successful playing career, finishing 18th on ODU's all time scoring list with 1,090 points and leading the Monarchs to the 1975 NCAA Division II national championship. That year, Purnell was selected by Converse as an honorable mention Division II All-American.
Purnell averaged 14.4 points a game his senior year and 13.8 as a junior. He scored 25 points against Randolph-Macon in the NCAA South Atlantic Regional Championship game in 1975. As a junior, he averaged 6.7 assists per game and tallied 181 for
Tim Floyd (born February 25, 1954) is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Miners men's basketball team. He is also a former head coach of several teams in both the NCAA and the NBA, most recently the University of Southern California men's college basketball team. Floyd is also known as the coach of the Chicago Bulls after Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman left the team.
Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Floyd is a 1977 graduate of Louisiana Tech University where he earned a bachelor's of science degree in health and physical education. He originally was a walk-on player at the University of Southern Mississippi, but he transferred to Louisiana Tech and was a scholarship player there. His father, who was also a coach, died when Floyd was 18.
Floyd and wife Beverly have one daughter, Shannon.
Floyd's first coaching job was as an assistant at UTEP under Hall of Famer Don Haskins from 1977 to 1986. While Floyd was at UTEP, the Miners went to three straight NCAA Tournaments (from 1984 to 1986). They also went to the NIT three times (in 1980, 1981, and 1983), and UTEP won four Western
William Walton "Bill" Sharman (born May 25, 1926 in Abilene, Texas) is a former professional basketball player and coach. Sharman completed high school in the rural city of Porterville, California and is mostly known for his time with the Boston Celtics in the 1950s, partnering with Bob Cousy in what some consider the greatest backcourt duo of all time. While Cousy was primarily the playmaker, Sharman was the shooter.
From 1950 to 1955 Sharman played professional baseball in the Brooklyn Dodgers minor league system. He was called up to the Dodgers late in the 1951 season but did not appear in a game; as a result of a September 27 game in which the entire Brooklyn bench was ejected from the game for arguing with the umpire, Sharman holds the distinction of being the only player to have ever been ejected from a major league game without ever appearing in one.
Sharman was one of the first guards to shoot better than .400 from the field. He led the NBA in free throw percentage seven times, and his mark of 93.2% in the 1958–59 season remained the NBA record until Ernie DiGregorio topped it in 1976–77. Sharman still holds the record for consecutive free throws in the playoffs with 56.
Edwin Regur Sweetland (January 10, 1875 – October 21, 1950) was a coach and athletic administrator at several American universities. During his coaching career he was head coach of many sports including basketball, track and field and crew, but the majority of for his coaching work was in football. Though mainly known for football, he left his mark on several other sports. He was the first paid coach of the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team and the Syracuse University rowing team.
Sweetland attended Union College and was graduate of Cornell University in 1899. A gifted athlete, Sweetland was on the varsity football team at Union and Cornell and the varsity rowing team at Cornell. At Cornell he was coached by Hall of Fame coaches Pop Warner in football and Charles E. Courtney in rowing.
Sweetland was born to George Sweetland and Hannah Marsh Sweetland on January 10, 1875 in Dryden, New York. He had several brothers and sisters. One of his brothers was Monroe Marsh Sweetland, who founded Delta Chi fraternity while a law student at Cornell University. Another brother, Dr. George James Sweetland, was captain of the Union College football team in 1895 and later the athletic
Harold Jonathan "Hal" Iddings (c. 1888 – August 25, 1952) was an American football player and coach in both basketball and football. A 1909 graduate from the University of Chicago, he served as head football coach at Miami University (1909–1910), Simpson College (1911–1913), and Otterbein College (1916), compiling a career college football record of 15–20–1. Iddings was also the head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky (1910–1911), Simpson (1911–1914), Otterbein (1916–1917), and the Carnegie Institute of Technology (1920–1921).
Iddings was an all-Big Ten player at the University of Chicago in 1907 and 1908 under legendary coach Amos Alonzo Stagg. In both years he helped the Maroons to the Big Ten title. In the 1907 and 1908 seasons the Maroons won all nine Big Ten contests and finished with an overall record of 4–1 and 5–0–1, respectively. Iddings was also the co-Big Ten champion in the pole vault in 1907. Both Iddings and Barton Haggard of Drake University reached 11’–4”.
Iddings was a member of the Canton Bulldogs for part of the 1915 season. During this era of professional football, it was very common for players to be hired week to week. Teams did not establish
Samuel Jones (born June 24, 1933, in Wilmington, North Carolina) is a retired American professional basketball player at shooting guard and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was known for his quickness and game-winning shots, especially during the NBA Playoffs. He has the most NBA championships as a player (10) next to Bill Russell (11).
Jones graduated from North Carolina Central University after a spectacular career there. He scored 1,770 points playing for Hall of Fame coach John McLendon. He was a 4-year letter winner and was a 3-time All-Conference team.
Jones spent all of his twelve seasons in the NBA with the Boston Celtics who drafted him in the first round in 1957. Jones was known as a clutch scorer, and scored over 15,000 points in his career. He participated in five All-Star Games, and is usually recognized as one of the best shooting guards of his generation.
Jones was named to the All-NBA Second Team three straight years (1965–67) and he played on ten championship teams (1959–66 and 1968–69) — a total exceeded only by teammate Bill Russell in NBA history. He was 6-foot-4 (1.93 m) and weighed 200 lb (97 kg).
Jones was originally claimed by
Fran Dunphy (born (1948-10-05)October 5, 1948) is an American college basketball coach. He is currently the head men's basketball coach at Temple University. He succeeded John Chaney in 2006.
Dunphy's coaching career began at the United States Military Academy (1971–72), where he served as an assistant under head coach Dan Dougherty. In 1975, he left Army to become head coach of his high school alma mater, Malvern Prep. He remained there until becoming Lefty Ervin’s assistant at La Salle University (1979–80). The following year, Dunphy joined former Maryland head coach Gary Williams’ staff at American University. He returned to La Salle in 1985, serving one more season under Ervin and assisting Speedy Morris for two seasons. He left La Salle to become head coach Tom Schneider's top assistant at Penn in 1988. Dunphy succeeded Schneider as Penn head coach a year later.
In 1989, Dunphy was named the 16th head coach at Penn. He compiled a 310–163 overall record and won 10 Ivy League titles in his 17-year career. Dunphy's 310 wins are the most by any Penn coach and are second all-time in the Ivy League to Princeton's Pete Carril. His Quaker teams won 48 straight Ivy League games and
Bill Self (born December 27, 1962) is an American college men's basketball coach at the University of Kansas, where he led the Jayhawks to the 2008 NCAA national championship.
Self was named 2012 Naismith College Coach of the Year, The Sporting News National Coach of the Year in 2000, 2009 and 2012, the Associated Press National Coach of the Year in 2009, the USBWA Henry Iba Award winner in 2009, CBS/Chevrolet National Coach of the Year in 2009, ESPN.com national Coach of the Year in 2009 and won the Adolph Rupp Cup in 2012. He was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2012. He is also a five-time finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2009). He was a 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award nominee for his work with Boys Clubs/Girls Clubs Of America and the Boy Scouts. From 2006–2012, Self had the best six-year record of any men's basketball coach in Division 1 history.
Self played collegiate basketball at Oklahoma State University, where he was a four-year letter winner between 1982 and 1985 and was an All-Big Eight freshman selection in 1982. He received his bachelor's degree in business in 1985 and a master's
Jamie Dixon (November 10, 1965) is an American basketball head coach. He has served as the head coach of the University of Pittsburgh men's basketball team since 2003. In 2009 he was the head coach for the FIBA Under-19 2009 gold-medal winning United States national basketball team for which he was named the 2009 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year. Dixon was named Big East Coach of the Year in 2004, Naismith College Coach of the Year in 2009, Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year in 2010, and the Sporting News National Coach of the Year award in 2011. Dixon played college basketball at Texas Christian University, was selected by the Washington Bullets in the 1987 NBA Draft, and played professionally with the Continental Basketball Association's Lacrosse Catbirds and for Hawke's Bay Hawks of the New Zealand National Basketball League.
Dixon began his coaching career in 1989 as the head coach at Te Aute College, a secondary school in New Zealand, before serving as an assistant at Los Angeles Valley College from 1989-1991. He then became an assistant coach at UC-Santa Barbara and then at the University of Hawaii. Dixon then became an assistant coach to Ben Howland at Northern
Norman Sloan (June 25, 1926 – December 9, 2003), nicknamed "Stormin' Norman," was an American college basketball player and coach. Sloan played college basketball for North Carolina State University, and thereafter, he was the men's basketball head coach for Presbyterian College, The Citadel, the University of Florida and North Carolina State University in a career that spanned thirty-eight seasons.
Sloan was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1926. He attended Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, where he played high school basketball for the Lawrence Central Bears.
Sloan received an athletic scholarship to attend North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he played guard for coach Everett Case's NC State Wolfpack from 1947 to 1949. He was one of Case's original six "Hoosier Hotshots," a group of high school stars Case recruited from Indiana. As a member of the Wolfpack, Sloan was a classmate and teammate of Vic Bubas, who later coached the Duke Blue Devils from 1959 to 1969. Sloan was a member of three Wolfpack teams that won Southern Conference championships in 1947, 1948 and 1949. In a dispute with Case over playing time, Sloan did not play his
Philip Douglas "Phil" Jackson (born September 17, 1945) is a retired American professional basketball coach and former player. Jackson is widely considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His reputation was established as head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 through 1998, during which Chicago won six NBA titles. His next team, the Los Angeles Lakers, won five NBA titles from 2000 to 2010. In total, Jackson has won 11 NBA titles as a coach, surpassing the previous record of nine set by Red Auerbach. He holds the record for the most championships in NBA history as a player and a head coach, after breaking the tie with Bill Russell when the Los Angeles Lakers won the 2009 NBA Finals. He also has the highest winning percentage of any NBA coach (.704). Jackson was a player on the 1970 and 1973 NBA champion New York Knicks.
Jackson is known for his use of Tex Winter's triangle offense as well as a holistic approach to coaching that is influenced by Eastern philosophy, earning him the nickname "Zen Master". Jackson cites Robert Pirsig's book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as one of the major guiding forces in his
Donald Lee Haskins (March 14, 1930 – September 7, 2008), nicknamed "The Bear", was an American collegiate basketball coach and player. He played for three years under legendary coach Henry Iba at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University). He was the head coach at Texas Western College (renamed the University of Texas at El Paso in 1967) from 1961 to 1999, including the 1966 season when his team won the NCAA Tournament over the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky, coached by coaching great Adolph Rupp.
In his time at Texas Western, he compiled a 719–353 record, suffering only five losing seasons. He won 14 Western Athletic Conference championships, four WAC tournament titles, had fourteen NCAA tournament berths and made seven trips to the NIT. Haskins led UTEP to 17 20-plus win seasons and served as an assistant Olympic team coach in 1972.
He was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997 as a basketball coach. The 1966 team was nominated in its entirety to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and was inducted to the Hall on September 7, 2007.
Haskins died at his home on September 7, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Mary; three sons Brent, David and Steve
Robert P. "Fuzzy" Vandivier (December 26, 1903 – July 30, 1983) was a well-known high school and collegiate basketball player during the 1920s. At Franklin High School he led a squad nicknamed "Franklin Wonder Five", a team that compiled an 89-9 record, won three state championships (1920, 1921, 1922) and is considered the greatest Indiana High School team of all-time.
Vandivier has been named All-State three times (1920, 1921, 1922), being the first player ever to achieve this feat (since then, John Wooden, Oscar Robertson and George McGinnis also achieved this level of success). Hall of Fame coach John Wooden considered Vandivier the greatest high school basketball player of all time.
Following his outstanding high school career, Vandivier attended local Franklin College (1922–26). In each year he was named All-State, and in 1926 he was an All-Midwest College All-Star. Due to a painful back ailment in his senior year, Vandivier's playing career was cut short. After graduating from Franklin, he returned as basketball coach to his high school. Vandivier coached the Franklin High School basketball team from 1926 to 1944. In 1939, under his leadership, they earned a place in the
Richard Preston Carlisle (/ˈkɑrlaɪl/KAR-lyl; born October 27, 1959) is the head coach of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. He has also coached the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons, and was previously a player in the NBA. He is also one of the only 11 people to win an NBA championship both as a player and as a coach.
Carlisle was raised in Lisbon, New York. He attended Lisbon Central High School, then spent a year at Worcester Academy. He played two years of college basketball at the University of Maine from 1979 to 1981, before transferring to the University of Virginia. He co-captained the Cavaliers to the Final Four in 1984 and averaged 12.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game during his college career.
After graduating that same year, he was drafted by the Boston Celtics (23rd pick in the third round), where he played alongside Larry Bird. With the Celtics under coach K.C. Jones he won the NBA championship in 1986 against the Houston Rockets and lost in the NBA Finals in 1985 and 1987 to the Los Angeles Lakers. From 1984 to 1987, he averaged 2.2 points, 1.0 assists and 0.8 rebounds per game in a limited reserve role. Carlisle then played for Bill Musselman's Albany Patroons, and was
Anthony "Tony" Guy Bennett (born June 1, 1969 in Green Bay, Wisconsin) is an American college basketball coach and current head coach for the University of Virginia Cavaliers men's team. In his younger years he played collegiately for the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Phoenix and professionally for the NBA's Charlotte Hornets and was later head coach at Washington State University. As a player, he ranks first all-time in NCAA Division I for career three-point field goal accuracy, at 49.7% (minimum 200 made and 2.0 made per game). He is the son of former coach Dick Bennett and brother of current Northern Illinois Huskies women's basketball head coach Kathi Bennett.
As a coach, he was awarded the Henry Iba Award and was honored as AP National Coach of the Year and Naismith College Coach of the Year in 2007. As a player, he won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award in 1992.
Bennett, a point guard, played for his father Dick Bennett at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay (UWGB) following his high school career at Preble High School. While there, the Bennetts led the Phoenix to an NCAA Tournament berth and two appearances in the NIT. During his time there, the Phoenix had record of
Donald E. Boven (March 6, 1925 – March 10, 2011) was an American basketball player, coach, and university instructor. He was a World War II veteran who was a standout athlete at Western Michigan University. After playing professional basketball, he served as an instructor at the University for more than 30 years. In the 1980s, Boven retired from his teaching duties but remained active in sporting circles and became involved in voluntary public service in his Michigan township.
Boven was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1925. He was the second of four sons born to Thomas Boven and Jessie Knapper. His parents were immigrants from the Netherlands, having come from Groningen. Boven was raised on the north side of Kalamazoo and attended Lincoln Junior High School. He then developed into a successful athlete at Kalamazoo Central High School where he lettered in football, baseball, and basketball. He graduated from Central in 1943 and, after his graduation, enlisted in the United States Army to serve in Europe during World War II. He was a Gunnery Sergeant with the American Third Army and arrived at Omaha Beach on D-Day plus two. He also fought with the Third Army at the Battle of the
Gregg Popovich (born January 28, 1949) is an American basketball coach, and is currently the head coach of the National Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs. Taking over as coach of the Spurs in 1996, Popovich is the longest tenured coach in both the NBA and all Big Four sports leagues. He is often referred to as "Coach Pop" or simply "Pop." He has won four championships as head coach of the Spurs.
Popovich was born in East Chicago, Indiana to a Serbian father and mother of Croatian descent. He attended Merrillville High School and graduated in 1970 from the United States Air Force Academy. He played basketball for four seasons at the Academy, and in his senior year was the team captain and the leading scorer. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Soviet Studies, and he underwent Air Force intelligence gathering and processing training. At one point, Popovich considered a career with the Central Intelligence Agency.
Popovich served five years of required active duty in the United States Air Force, during which he toured Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union with the U.S. Armed Forces Basketball Team. In 1972, he was selected as captain of the Armed Forces Team, which won the
Gail Ann Goestenkors (born February 26, 1963 in Waterford, Michigan), is the former women's basketball head coach for The University of Texas, having accepted the position on April 3, 2007, replacing the legendary Jody Conradt. Goestenkors resigned as the head coach at Texas on March 19, 2012, stating that her heart was telling her to "take a break" from basketball. Goestenkors was the Duke University women's basketball head coach from 1992–2007. During her tenure at Duke, she led the Blue Devils to 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, 10 consecutive appearances in at least the Sweet Sixteen (1997–2007), and an NCAA-record seven consecutive 30-win seasons from 2000-2007.
Goestenkors attended Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan, where she played under future Purdue head coach Marsha Reall. After graduating in 1985, Goestenkors became a graduate assistant coach at Iowa State. After one season, she left to become an assistant coach at Purdue under Lin Dunn, where she remained until becoming head coach at Duke in 1992.
Goestenkors accumulated an impressive record at Duke and is one of the most accomplished women's basketball coaches in the nation. She received
John James Tigert, IV (February 11, 1882 – January 21, 1965) was an American university president, university professor and administrator, college sports coach and the U.S. Commissioner of Education. Tigert was a native of Tennessee and the son and grandson of Methodist bishops. After receiving his bachelor's degree, he earned his master's degree as a Rhodes Scholar.
After completing his education, Tigert taught at Central College; served as the president of Kentucky Wesleyan College; and worked as a professor, sports coach and administrator at the University of Kentucky.
Tigert gained his greatest national prominence as the U.S. Commissioner of Education from 1921 to 1928, and the third president of the University of Florida, from 1928 to 1947. He is remembered as a forceful advocate for the improvement of American public education, intercollegiate sports and university curriculum reform.
Tigert was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1882, the third son of a Methodist Episcopal minister, John James Tigert, III, and his wife, Amelia McTyeire Tigert. Tigert received his primary education in the public schools of Kansas City, Missouri, and Nashville, and earned his high school diploma,
Luigi P. "Lou" Carnesecca (born January 5, 1925 in New York City) is a retired American college basketball coach at St. John's University. He coached the men's basketball program to 526 wins and 200 losses over 24 seasons (1965–70, 1973–92). The colorful "Looie" (as he was popularly known by fans and by the media) reached the post-season in every season he coached the team, including a Final Four appearance in 1985. He was selected as the National Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1985 by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Carnesecca is widely known for his sense of humor and his signature sweaters. In November 2004, St. John's University officially dedicated and renamed the historic Alumni Hall to Carnesecca Arena.
Carnesecca graduated from St. John's in 1950. He also coached his high school alma mater, St. Ann's (now academic and athletic powerhouse Archbishop Molloy High School), where he was succeeded by Jack Curran. Carnesecca also coached the New York Nets of the defunct American Basketball Association, now the NBA's New Jersey Nets, in the early 1970s, when they were playing in Island Garden in West Hempstead, New York.
Carnesecca was also a longtime announcer for the USA
Svetislav Pešić (Serbian: Светислав Пешић) (born August 28, 1949 in Pirot, Serbia, is a former Serbian professional basketball player, and a present day Serbian basketball coach. He is the current coach of Red Star Belgrade.
As a player of Bosna, Pešić won the European Champions Cup (Euroleague) in the season 1978-79. He played for Partizan (1967–1971), and Bosna (1971–1979).
Pešić is also one of the most successful European basketball coaches.
He led a Yugoslavia junior team, that featured future international stars Vlade Divac, Saša Đorđević, Toni Kukoč, and Dino Rađa to victory in the 1987 FIBA World Junior Championship (later split into separate under-19 and under-21 events), defeating the USA twice during the tournament. With the Yugoslavia senior side, Pešić won the 2002 FIBA World Championship, held in Indianapolis, and EuroBasket 2001 (organized by Turkey), and he also won EuroBasket 1993 (organized by Germany), as head coach of Germany.
At the club level, Pešić won the triple crown in 2003 with FC Barcelona.
On 16 November 2010, he was named the coach of Power Electronics Valencia for the rest of the 2010-11 season.
As head coach:
Along with Serbian, Pešić also
Armond G. Hill (born on March 31, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American basketball coach and retired professional basketball player.
He spent eight seasons in the NBA between 1976 and 1984, playing for the Atlanta Hawks, Seattle SuperSonics, San Diego Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks. After ending his playing career in 1984, he started a coaching career, and eventually became head coach at Columbia University in 1995. Hill is currently an assistant coach to Doc Rivers with the Boston Celtics.
After graduating from Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School in Brooklyn, Hill attended Princeton, where he played under Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril. He was named Ivy League Men's Basketball Player of the Year as a senior in 1976 and entered the NBA Draft. Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks, Hill had a solid career as a role player in the NBA, compiling 6.9 points and 4.3 assists per game over eight seasons.
After his playing career Hill returned to Princeton to complete his baccalaureate degree, earning a B.A. in psychology in 1985. He then became an assistant coach at Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Three years later he was promoted as head coach. Hill won two Coach of the
Don Zierden is an assistant basketball coach for the Washington Wizards. From 2007 to 2009, Zierden served as the head coach of the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA.
Zierden, a Minneapolis native, became the Minnesota Lynx's fifth head coach on December 13, 2006, replacing Carolyn Jenkins, who remained on the staff as an assistant. Before taking the Lynx job, Zierden served as an assistant with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons. Zierden was also the head coach for the CBA's Pittsburgh Piranhas in 1994.
In 2007, Zierden's Lynx began the season 0–7, lost 10 straight in July and failed to get into the playoff race. They finished tied with a league worst 10–24 record.
On June 2, 2009, Zierden resigned as head coach of the Lynx. He accepted an assistant coaching job under Flip Saunders in Washington.
Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former NBA basketball player, coach, and team president. Drafted into the NBA sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1978, Bird started at small forward and power forward for thirteen seasons, spearheading one of the NBA's most formidable frontcourts that included center Robert Parish and forward Kevin McHale. Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star and was named the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times. He played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships.
Due to chronic back problems, he retired as a player in 1992. He was a member of the Dream Team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Bird was voted to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996 and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998. He served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000. In 2003, he assumed the role of president of basketball operations for the Pacers, and he held that position until 2012. In addition to being part of the 50–40–90 Club, he is the only person in NBA history to be named Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.
William Reginald "Reggie" Minton (born June 10, 1941) is the deputy executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He also served as the men's basketball head coach at Dartmouth College in 1984 and at the United States Air Force Academy from 1985 to 2000.
Overall: Head coaching record: 161-311
Stephen Todd Alford (born November 23, 1964) is a retired American basketball player and the current head coach of the University of New Mexico Lobos men's basketball team. Alford, a former college basketball star and NBA player, was born in Franklin, Indiana and grew up in New Castle, Indiana.
Alford learned to count as a three-year-old by watching the numbers tick off the scoreboard in Monroe City, Indiana, where his dad, Sam Alford, coached the high school team. Sam frequently moved around for various coaching jobs. Steve missed only two of his dad's games, once when he had chicken pox, and once when he made the regionals of the Elks Club free-throw shooting contest. When Alford was nine years old he attended a basketball camp put on by Coach Bob Knight. Eventually the Alfords settled in New Castle, Indiana, where Steve played on the New Castle Chrysler High School basketball team with his dad as coach. Alford was known to practice shooting so much that he would wear out six or seven nets a summer and frequently forego social activities in favor of practicing.
As a freshman Alford barely averaged a point a game, but then averaged 18.7 the next season. By his senior year in 1983,
Willis Reed, Jr. (born June 25, 1942) is a retired American basketball player, coach and general manager. He spent his entire professional playing career (1964–1974) with the New York Knicks. In 1982, Reed was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1997, he was voted one of the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History".
After retiring as a player, Reed served as assistant and head coach with several teams for nearly a decade, then was promoted to General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations (1989 to 1996) for the New Jersey Nets. As Senior Vice President of Basketball, he led them to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.
Reed was born in 1942 in Hico, Louisiana and named after his father. He grew up on a farm in nearby Bernice. His parents worked to ensure Reed got an education in the segregated South. Reed showed athletic ability at an early age and played basketball at West Side High School in Lillie.
He attended Grambling State University, a historically black college. Reed amassed 2,280 career points, averaging 26.6 points and 21.3 rebounds during his senior year. He led the college to one NAIA title and three Southwestern Athletic Conference
Rajko Toroman (born February 10, 1955) is a Serbian professional basketball coach. He currently serves as team consultant coach of the Petron Blaze Boosters in the Philippine Basketball Association[2012-13 PBA season]. He previously coached the Philippines men's national basketball team having been hired by country’s basketball federation Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. Toroman led the Philippines into 4th place in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship, the highest place they achieve since 1989. Rajko Toroman is noted as one of the best coaches to have managed the Philippine National Team.
Before working in the Philippines, he worked with the Iranian Basketball Team which brought the country to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Toroman is married, has one daughter, who is married to former NBA player Mladen Šekularac. Toroman's nephew Denis currently plays professional basketball for KK Luka Koper in the Premier A Slovenian Basketball League.
Albert L. (Al) Skinner (born June 16, 1952 in Mount Vernon, New York) is an American men's college basketball head coach and a former collegiate and professional basketball player. He was formerly the head coach of the Boston College men's basketball team.
Skinner played at the University of Massachusetts. While on the freshman team in the 1970-71 season, the varsity team was led by Julius Erving, in what would be Erving's final season in college. (Skinner and Erving would later play together professionally.) Skinner was also a teammate of Rick Pitino.
Skinner scored 1,235 points in his three years on the varsity squad. He led the team in rebounding each of those three years, and in scoring in his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, he averaged a double-double with 18.8 points and 11.0 rebounds. That scoring average also led the Yankee Conference. He recorded the first triple-double in UMass history, with 28 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists against St. Peter's on Dec. 28, 1973 in Springfield MA.
Skinner was a three-time Yankee Conference First Team selection. He led UMass to two straight YC titles in the 1972-73 and 1973-74 seasons. As a senior in 1973-74, he was the team
Andrew "Andy" Kerr IV (October 7, 1878 – February 17, 1969) was an American football, basketball, and track and field coach. He served as the head football coach at Stanford University (1922–1923), Washington & Jefferson College (1926–1928), Colgate University (1929–1946), and Lebanon Valley College (1947–1949), compiling a career college football record of 137–71–14. His 1932 Colgate team went a perfect 9–0, was not scored upon, and was named a national champion by Parke H. Davis. Kerr was also the head basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh for one season (1921–1922) and at Stanford for four seasons (1922–1926), tallying a career college basketball mark of 54–26. In addition, he coached track and field at Pittsburgh from 1913 to 1921. Kerr was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. Colgate's home football stadium, Andy Kerr Stadium, was dedicated in his honor in 1966.
Kerr was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Andrew and Mary Elizabeth Kerr. His family moved east to Carlisle, Pennsylvania where Kerr attended secondary school. He attended Dickinson College, where he played baseball, and track. He then moved on to the University of Pittsburgh, where he served
William Louis "Colonel Bill" Hayward (July 2, 1868 – December 14, 1947) was a track and field coach for the University of Oregon for 44 years, and a coach for six United States Olympics teams.
Hayward was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1868, but grew up in Toronto. An all-around athlete likened to Jim Thorpe, Hayward excelled at ice hockey, rowing, wrestling, boxing, and played lacrosse on one of the Ottawa Capitals' world championship teams of the 1890s. Hayward was also renowned as one of Canada's fastest sprinters, running distances from 75 to 600 yards.
Hayward's first coaching job was as an assistant track coach first at Princeton University in 1898, and then at California. In 1901, he moved to Oregon, becoming the head track coach at Pacific University in Forest Grove, where he trained legendary athlete and future Olympic gold medalist A. C. Gilbert and coached the Boxers to the state collegiate track championship.
In 1903, he took the head job at Albany College (now Lewis & Clark College), where his track team defeated the University of Oregon. Oregon promptly hired him as their first permanent track coach the next year.
As head coach of the Oregon Ducks track and field team,
Robert Luther "Lute" Olson (born September 22, 1934) is a retired American men's basketball coach. He was most recently head coach at the University of Arizona for a period of 25 years. He was also head coach at the University of Iowa for 9 years and California State University, Long Beach for one season. Olson was known for player development, and many of his former players have gone on to impressive careers in the NBA after having played under him. On October 23, 2008 Olson announced his retirement from coaching.
Olson was born in Mayville, North Dakota of Norwegian-American parentage, and is a graduate of Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to his tenure with the Arizona Wildcats, Olson coached the University of Iowa and Long Beach State basketball teams, Long Beach City College four years, after having coached high school teams in Mahnomen and Two Harbors, Minnesota, and Anaheim and Huntington Beach, California.
In his first and only season at Long Beach State, he led the team to an undefeated conference record and a Big West championship. He coached Iowa to a Final Four appearance in 1980, losing to eventual NCAA champion Louisville in the national semifinal.
Homer Woodson "Bill" Hargiss (September 1, 1887 – October 15, 1978) was an American football and basketball player, and track and field athlete, and coach in Kansas and Oregon. He was an early innovator in football and was known to be one of the first coaches to use the forward pass and the huddle.
Hargiss participated in sports at Kansas Normal College, now Emporia State University. He was a standout at the college in football, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, boxing, and track & field. Emporia State honored him in 1982 by inducting him into their "Athletic Hall of Honor" -- the first year the honor was available, as a distinguished alumni in 1970, and for the all-Centennial Team in 1997. Hargiss would later return to the college as a coach.
Hargiss's first coaching job came as the head coach of the College of Emporia (C of E) in Emporia, Kansas. The school had a well-developed rivalry with Kansas State Normal School, where Hargiss played quarterback the previous year, and would later coach.
At C of E, Hargiss developed plays using talented quarterback Arthur Schabinger that most had never seen before, namely the forward pass and the option pass.
In the team's 1910 game at
Clyde Austin "The Glide" Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is a former American professional basketball shooting guard and small forward. A ten-time All-Star and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, the NBA named him one of basketball's fifty greatest players as of 1996. Drexler won an Olympic gold medal in 1992 as part of the Dream Team and an NBA championship in 1995 with the Houston Rockets. He is the color commentator for Rockets home games.
Drexler lived in the South Park area in Houston. Drexler attended Ross Sterling High School in Houston, Texas, where he was a classmate of tennis player Zina Garrison. As a sophomore, he made the varsity baseball team as a first baseman, but soon quit in order to focus on basketball. He didn't try out for the basketball team until his junior year, and was promptly cut during tryouts due to lack of conditioning. Drexler played as a 6'6" center as a senior, and started receiving attention from college coaches following a 34-point, 27-rebound performance against Sharpstown High School during a 1979 Christmas tournament.
After graduating in 1980, he was recruited by New Mexico State, Texas Tech, and the University of Houston, the latter after
Jack Armstrong (born January 3, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is a sportscaster, working primarily for the Toronto Raptors on TSN and Raptors NBA TV. Jack is also the college basketball analyst for Rogers Sportsnet. Armstrong graduated from Fordham University with a Masters in Communication.
Armstrong is a former lead basketball coach of Niagara University. In the 1992/93 season, he led the Niagara Purple Eagles to a 23-7 record and was named the New York State Division I Coach of the Year. Armstrong's knowledge of the game has made him one of the most respected basketball analysts in Canada. He is known for his trademark raspy voice and using his hands while talking. He lives with his with his wife Dena and his three sons Brian, Kevin, and Tim in Lewiston, New York.
On Thursday, July 31, 2008 it was announced that Jack Armstrong would take over the Chuck Swirsky show effective August 18, 2008 alongside Doug MacLean on the Toronto, Ontario AM sports talk radio station The Fan 590 . The show's name was announced to be The Game Plan. In 2009 Doug MacLean left "The Gameplan", and was replaced by Eric Smith.
Johnny Jones (born c. 1962) is the head men's basketball coach at the Louisiana State University. He previously served as the head coach at the University of North Texas. Jones played in the 1981 Final Four as a freshman at Louisiana State University, and later served 12 seasons as an assistant coach at LSU under Dale Brown where the pair returned the 1986 Final Four.
Jones coached the North Texas Mean Green to five-straight 20-win seasons from 2007-11, and two Sun Belt Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament bids. Under Jones, North Texas has played in each of the last three Sun Belt Tournament title games, which makes it just the third program to advance to three consecutive Sun Belt Tournament championship games.
Mark Leo Turgeon (born February 5, 1965) is an American college basketball coach. He is currently the head coach for the University of Maryland Terrapins. Turgeon previously served as head coach at Texas A&M for 4 years.
Mark Turgeon was born and raised as one of five children in Topeka, Kansas. After graduating from Hayden High School, Turgeon attended the University of Kansas, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Personnel Administration in 1987. He added a master's degree in Education from the University of Oklahoma in the same year. He is married to the Ann Fowler, whom he met at KU, and together they have three children.
Turgeon played basketball at Hayden High School, helping the team post a 47-3 record and capture two consecutive Class 4A State Championships in 1982 and 1983. Turgeon earned All-State Tournament team honors in both of those years.
Although only 5 feet 10 inches out of high school, Turgeon earned a scholarship to play basketball at the University of Kansas under Coach Larry Brown. Turgeon played in four straight NCAA tournaments, becoming the first KU player to do so. He was a reserve point guard for the 1985–86 Jayhawk team that won the Big Eight Conference
Patricia "Pat" Head Summitt (born on June 14, 1952, in Clarksville, Tennessee) is a former women's college basketball head coach. She now serves as the head coach emeritus of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team. She is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history of either a men's or women's team in any division. She coached from 1974 to 2012, all with the Lady Vols, winning eight NCAA national championships, second only to the record 10 titles won by UCLA men's coach John Wooden. Summitt is the only coach in NCAA history, and one of three college coaches overall, with 1,000 victories. She was named the Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century in April 2000. In 2009, the Sporting News placed her number 11 on its list of the 50 Greatest Coaches of All Time in all sports; she was the only woman on the list. In 38 years as a coach, she never had a losing season. On April 20, 2012, the White House announced that Pat Summitt would be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Summitt received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2012 ESPY Awards.
Summitt has written two books: Reach for the Summitt, which is part a motivational book and part
Scott Allen Skiles (born March 5, 1964, in LaPorte, Indiana) is an American former professional basketball player and the current head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. He also is the former head coach of the NBA's Phoenix Suns and Chicago Bulls. Skiles holds the NBA record for assists in one game with 30. In 1990–91 he won the NBA Most Improved Player Award.
In 1982 Skiles led Plymouth High School to the Indiana State Championship. Plymouth, with no starter taller than 6'2" and no reserve taller than 6'6", was considered to be the weakest of the final four teams in the tournament that year even though they were ranked #4 in the state with a record of 26-1 entering the state finals. Amazingly, they won the state title with a 75-74 double overtime victory over favored Gary Roosevelt. In that game Skiles scored 39 points (to follow-up his 30 point performance against Indianapolis Cathedral that morning) to lead the Pilgrims past the Roosevelt Panthers. His long 22-foot (6.7 m) field goal, that was well beyond where the current three-point line is (no three-point shot existed in 1982) as time expired sent the game into overtime. With a student body of 900, Plymouth is the smallest school
Phillip "Flip" Saunders (born February 23, 1955) is a former American basketball head coach. He previously coached the Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Saunders was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was an All-American basketball player at Cuyahoga Heights High School in suburban Cleveland. In his senior season, 1973, he was named Ohio's Class A High School Basketball Player of the Year, leading the state in scoring average with 32.0 points per game. At the University of Minnesota, he started 101 of his 103 career contests and as a senior, teamed with Ray Williams, Mychal Thompson, Kevin McHale. Together they led the Gophers to a school-best 24–3 record.
Saunders began his coaching career at Golden Valley Lutheran College where he compiled a 92–13 record, including a perfect 56–0 mark at home, in four seasons. In 1981, he became an assistant coach at his alma mater, Minnesota, and helped guide the Golden Gophers to the Big Ten championship that season. After five seasons at Minnesota, he became an assistant coach at the University of Tulsa where he worked for two seasons before heading to the pro ranks.
He began his CBA career in 1988–89 with the Rapid
Frederick Warren Cozens (November 17, 1890 – January 2, 1954) was an American college basketball, football, and boxing coach. He was the first head coach of both basketball and football at UCLA and served as the school's athletic director from 1919 to 1942.
Cozens was born in Portland, Oregon in 1890. His father, Frederick Cozens (born 1849), was emigrated from England in 1870 and became a salesman at a hardware store in Portland. His mother Carrie E. (Beharrell) Cozens was born in Indiana in 1858. Cozens had an older sister, Ella M. Cozens, born in 1884. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California in 1915 and 1918, respectively, and a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon in 1928.
Cozens was employed by the University of California for nearly 40 years. He began as a teaching fellow and physical education instructor at Berkeley from 1915 to 1919. In June 1917, he was employed as an instructor of physical education at the University of California at Berkeley, California.
In 1919, Cozens moved to UCLA where he served as the Director of Physical Education and Athletics and professor of physical education from 1919 to 1942. He became the first head coach
Abe Lemons (November 21, 1922 - September 2, 2002) was an American college basketball coach and one of the most successful head basketball coaches in Oklahoma history.
Lemons grew up in the town of Walters, Oklahoma. He served in World War II in the Pacific and often referred to the pressures of his war experience to put sports pressures into perspective. He joined Oklahoma City University (OCU) as a student in 1947.
At OCU, Lemons excelled as a player and coach in basketball for more than 40 years. In 34 seasons of coaching, he accomplished 599 victories and 343 losses, ranking fifth among the winningest men's active collegiate coaches. He coached several All-America & future NBA players, such as Arnold Short and Hub Reed.
Lemons spent 25 years as head coach at OCU. His first 18 years at OCU from 1955–1973, during which he led OCU to a 309-181 record, two NIT berths and seven NCAA tournament appearances in 1956, 1957, 1963–1966 and 1973. OCU also won the All-College Tournament in 1965.
From 1973 to 1976 Lemons was head coach at Pan American University, where he was named 1974–75 Texas Coach of the Year. He took the head coaching position at the University of Texas in 1976. He
Richard J. "Dick" Vitale (/vaɪˈtæl/; born June 9, 1939), also known as "Dickie V", is an American basketball sportscaster. A former head coach in the college and professional ranks, he is well known as a college basketball broadcaster. He is known for catchphrases such as "baby" and "diaper dandy" (outstanding freshman player), as well as enthusiastic and colorful remarks he makes during games, and has authored nine books and appeared in several movies.
Vitale took his first job as a coach at an elementary school in Garfield, New Jersey in 1959. Eventually he moved up to the high school level to become head coach at Garfield High School for one season, and then at East Rutherford High School (his alma mater).
In 1971, Vitale moved to Rutgers University as an assistant coach under head coach Dick Lloyd. After two seasons there, he was hired in 1973 by the University of Detroit to become its head coach. Vitale took Detroit to the 32-team NCAA tournament in 1977. Vitale had a 78–30 record during his tenure at Detroit, which included a 21-game winning streak during the 1977 season. During that streak the Titans defeated the eventual champion Marquette on the road in Milwaukee,
Gary B. Williams (born March 4, 1945) is an American university administrator and former college basketball coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Maryland, Ohio State University, Boston College, and American University. In 2002, he led Maryland to the NCAA Tournament Championship. Williams retired after the 2010–11 season, and is now a college basketball analyst for the Big Ten Network.
A native of Collingswood, New Jersey, Williams played for Maryland as the starting point guard under coach Bud Millikan. He was a member of the 1966 Charlotte Invitational Tournament championship team and the 1965 Sugar Bowl Tournament championship team. He set a Maryland record for field goal percentage, going 8-for-8 from the field in an ACC game against South Carolina in 1966 (35 years later a Williams pupil, Lonny Baxter, would break that record, hitting all ten of his field goal attempts.) Williams was the Maryland team captain in 1967. He graduated in 1968 with a B.S. in Marketing. While at the University of Maryland, Williams was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
Prior to entering the college ranks, Williams was a successful high school basketball coach at Woodrow
George Matthew Karl (born May 12, 1951) is a former National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association player. He is the current head coach of the Denver Nuggets. On December 10, 2010 he became the seventh coach in NBA history to record 1,000 wins.
Karl was born in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania. After a college career at the University of North Carolina he signed with the ABA's San Antonio Spurs in 1973. When the Spurs joined the NBA in 1976, Karl began his two-year NBA playing career.
After his playing career, Karl became an assistant coach for the Spurs. Karl then moved on to the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) as head coach of the Montana Golden Nuggets (Great Falls). As coach of the Golden Nuggets, Karl won CBA Coach of the Year twice, in 1981 and 1983.
In 1984, Karl became the head coach of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, taking them to the playoffs in 1985. He was dismissed by the Cavs in 1986 near the end of the season.
In the 1986-87 season Karl coached the Golden State Warriors and took them from a record of 30-52 the year before, to the playoffs for the first time in ten years. They reached the semifinals against the Magic Johnson led Los Angeles
Jerold Taylor "Jay" Wright, Jr. (born December 24, 1961) is an American basketball coach. He is currently the men's coach at Villanova University. He was born in Churchville, Pennsylvania, U.S., and is married to a former Villanova cheerleader. In 2006, Wright signed a seven year contract extension with Villanova University which would keep him in the position through the 2012–2013 season.
Wright is a graduate of Council Rock High School North in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1983, where he played on the basketball team and became a Brother of the Sigma Chi fraternity.
Upon graduating from college, Wright got his first job as an assistant coach at Division III University of Rochester. In 1986, he got his first position in Division I college basketball as an assistant coach at Drexel University. His next job came as an assistant to Rollie Massimino at Villanova, where he remained from 1987–1992. In 1992, he moved with Massimino to UNLV, where he remained until 1994.
In 1994, Wright was named head coach at Hofstra University, which had struggled through most of the 1980s and early 90's. Under Wright, the
John Dewitt Kuester, Jr. (pronounced: (/ˈkjuːstər/; QUE-ster) (born February 6, 1955, in Richmond, Virginia) is an American basketball coach and scout.
He played in the NBA from 1977 to 1980 and then coached in the college ranks before moving on to the NBA sidelines as an assistant. Kuester was named head coach of the Detroit Pistons on July 9, 2009. An agreement was made after the Pistons and their first choice, Avery Johnson, broke off contract talks. Kuester coached the Pistons for two seasons.
He was a 6'2" (1.88 m) and 180 lb (82 kg) guard and played collegiately with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels from 1973–77.
Kuester played four years at Benedictine for legendary coach Warren Rutledge. His senior year the Cadets were 33-1.
Kuester played four seasons with the UNC Tar Heels under head coach Dean Smith, for whom he won two ACC championships and helped reach the NCAA Tournament four times, including an appearance in the 1977 NCAA Finals, in which they lost to Marquette 67–59. In both his junior and senior year (1976 and 1977), Kuester was voted UNC's best defensive player. Also in his senior year, as was voted Most Valuable Player of the ACC Tournament and the NCAA
Krešimir Ćosić (November 26, 1948 – May 25, 1995) was a Croatian professional basketball player who represented Yugoslavia internationally, a member of FIBA Hall of Fame and Basketball Hall of Fame. He was also a notable church leader and missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as the deputy ambassador of Croatia to the U.S. in Washington, D.C.
He was born in Zagreb and raised in Zadar, where he started his basketball career in 1965, playing for KK Zadar. He came to the United States to play college basketball at Brigham Young University from 1971 to 1973. In April 1972 at the 1972 NBA Draft he was picked by Portland Trail Blazers as the number 1 pick in the 10th round (144th overall). The following year at the 1973 NBA Draft he was picked by Los Angeles Lakers as the pick number 15 in the 5th round (84th overall). He was the first foreign player to earn All-American honors from the United Press International, garnering them in 1972 and 1973. After his college career, he rejected several professional offers and returned home to Yugoslavia.
Ćosić played in four Olympic Games: 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1980 in Moscow when he led his team to the gold
Larry Hunter (born (1949-08-08)August 8, 1949) is an American college basketball coach and the current 17th head coach of the Western Carolina University men's basketball team. He had been head coach of the Ohio Bobcats men's basketball team from 1989 to 2001, compiling a winning record of 58 percent (204–148). His teams made one NCAA tournament appearance in 1994, an NIT appearance in 1995, and won the prestigious pre-season NIT in 1994. Despite his solid record, Hunter is second on Ohio University's all-time wins list, and had only one losing season. He was fired in 2001. Hunter also played at Ohio University from 1970 to 1971.
Ohio University hired its alumnus away from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Hunter led Wittenberg to the programs second NCAA Division III National Championship in 1977 and also garnered NABC Division III National Coach of the Year that same year. In total Hunter won 6 regular season Ohio Athletic Conference Championships and 6 Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Championships during his tenure at Wittenberg. Before moving to Western Carolina University, he was an assistant coach and an associate head coach under Herb Sendek at North Carolina
Quin Snyder (born October 30, 1966) is currently an assistant coach for the CSKA Moscow. Snyder was an assistant coach for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers for the 2011-2012 season. Prior to that, he was in charge of player development for the 76ers starting in June 2010 after coaching the NBDL's Austin Toros for three seasons. Snyder was the head coach of the Toros from 2007–2010, the head coach at the University of Missouri from 1999–2006, an assistant coach at his alma mater Duke under Mike Krzyzewski from 1993–1999, and an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers under Larry Brown from 1992-1993.
Snyder attended Mercer Island High School in the state of Washington. His high school basketball team was coached by the winningest coach in Washington state history, Ed Pepple. A two-time state player of the year, Snyder led the team to the 1985 state championship. During this time Mercer Island achieved a No. 1 ranking in USA Today's high school polls. Snyder was named a McDonald's All American player, being the first chosen from the state of Washington.
Snyder was a point guard for the Duke Blue Devils for four years and his team played in the Final Four in 1986, 1988, and 1989.
Alvin Brooks is an associate coach and former head coach of the University of Houston's men's basketball team. Prior to heading back to Houston, he most recently served as Director of Basketball Operations for the Kentucky Wildcats. He coached the Houston Cougars from 1993 to 1998. He also served as an assistant coach for the Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team and was at Texas A&M through the '06-'07 season.
On July 23, 2007, a Lexington, KY media outlet reported that Brooks had been hired as an assistant coach by Billy Gillispie at the Kentucky Wildcats.
Michael William "Mike" Krzyzewski ( /ʃəˈʃɛvski/ shə-SHEV-ski; Polish: Krzyżewski [kʂɨˈʐɛ(f)ski]; nicknamed "Coach K"; born February 13, 1947) is an American basketball coach and former player. Since 1980, he has served as the head men's basketball coach at Duke University. At Duke, Krzyzewski has led the Blue Devils to four NCAA Championships, 11 Final Fours, 12 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season titles, and 13 ACC Tournament championships. Krzyzewski is also the coach of the United States men's national basketball team, whom he led to two gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics. He was the head coach of the American team that won the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. He was also an assistant coach on the 1992 "Dream Team".
From 1975 to 1980, Krzyzewski was the head basketball coach at the United States Military Academy, where he played from 1966 to 1969 under Bob Knight. Krzyzewski has amassed a record 79 NCAA tournament victories, while averaging 25 wins per season. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame following the 2001 season. On November 15, 2011, Krzyzewski led Duke to a 74–69 victory over Michigan
Chester Leland Brewer (November 26, 1875 – April 16, 1953) was an American football, basketball, baseball, and track and field coach and athletic director. He served as the head football coach at Albion College (1899–1902), Michigan Agricultural College, now Michigan State University, (1903–1910, 1917, 1919), the University of Missouri (1911–1913), and the University Farm, now the University of California, Davis, (1922), compiling a career record of 97–51–4. Brewer was also the head basketball coach at Michigan Agricultural (1903–1910), Missouri (1910–1911) and the University Farm (1922–1923), tallying a mark of 84–36, and the head baseball coach at Michigan Agricultural (1904–1910, 1918–1920) and Missouri (1911, 1914–1917, 1933–1934), amassing a record of 148–93–4.
From 1903 to 1910, and in 1917 and 1919, Brewer coached football at Michigan Agricultural College, where he compiled a 58–23–7 record, making him one of the school's most prolific coaches.
From 1911 to 1913, he coached football at the University of Missouri, where he compiled a 14–8–2 record. During his years at the Missouri, Brewer fulfilled many roles. He was hired as athletic director in 1910 and wasted little time
Paul Westphal (born November 30, 1950) is a retired American basketball player and a former head coach with several National Basketball Association (NBA) and college teams. Westphal has had a storied career in the NBA, both as a player and as a coach. As a player, he won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in the 1974 NBA Finals. In addition to being a five-time All-Star selection, from 1977 to 1981, Westphal earned three All-NBA First Team selections and one Second Team honor. Later, returned to the Finals in 1993 as head coach of the Phoenix Suns. He returned to his home state of California when he was the men's basketball head coach at Pepperdine University from 2001 to 2006.
Westphal was born in Torrance, California. He went to Aviation High School and then USC. He was the 10th overall pick in the 1972 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. After three seasons in Boston, including a championship ring in 1974, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns. In 1976, Westphal helped the Suns reach their first-ever Finals appearance. In Game 5 of that series, called by many the greatest game ever played in basketball, Westphal made several memorable plays:
Westphal was 6th in the NBA in
Alvin "Pooh" Williamson (born September 5, 1973) is a former college basketball player and an interim head coach at the University of Tulsa.
Williamson played for the Golden Hurricane from 1991 to 1995, becoming one of their best guards. In 2001 he returned to become an assistant coach before becoming Tulsa's head coach following John Phillips' resignation in December 2004. Williamson finished the 2004-2005 season as Tulsa's head coach before being replaced by Doug Wojcik. He is now an assistant coach at Texas A&M under Mark Turgeon, having also coached with Turgeon at Wichita State. He recently resigned in 2011 and now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife and 2 kids.
Wilbur Johns (December 8, 1903 – July 15, 1967) was a men's college basketball coach. He was the head coach of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1939 to 1948, guiding them to a 93-120 record. He became the school's athletic director following his head coaching tenure. He is a 1985 inductee to the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame. He died at his home on July 14, 1967.
Johns played four years basketball at UCLA, graduating in 1925.
Antanas Sireika (born May 11, 1956 in Bazilionai near Šiauliai) is a professional Lithuanian basketball coach.
Lithuanian national basketball team began a strange tradition, after head coach was leaving his post he gave his place to his assistant, this happened when Vladas Garastas was replaced by his assistant coach Jonas Kazlauskas, the story repeated in 2001, when the successor of Kazlauskas was his assistant coach Antanas Sireika. He was born in Šiauliai, and a big part of his basketball career was spent there. Sireika was playing for BC Šiauliai, later he became the playing head coach of the team, in 1994 he ended his career as a player, and started fulltime coaching the team. Big results came fast, the underdog Šiauliai, became LKL 3rd place winners, in 1997 Kazlauskas became a head-coach of Lithuanian National Basketball Team, invited Sireika to join Lithuanian national squad as an assistant. In 2001, Kazlauskas retired from LTU national team, and gave his place to Sireika. With Antanas Sireika, The Lithuanian national basketball team won their first FIBA Europe Gold medals after Lithuania's independence in 1991, (the first titles came in 1937 & 1939).
The same year, Sireika
Erik Spoelstra (/ˈspoʊlstrə/ SPOHL-strə; born November 1, 1970) is an American professional basketball coach and the current head coach of the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat. A Filipino-American through his mother's side, he is the first Asian American head coach in the history of the four major American sports leagues and the first Asian American head coach to win an NBA championship.
From 2001 to 2008, he served as assistant coach and director of scouting for the team. He has coached the Heat to 194 regular-season wins and four playoff appearances, including trips to the 2011 and 2012 NBA Finals, in his first four seasons.
Spoelstra grew up in Portland, Oregon and attended Jesuit High School in nearby Beaverton. Before his senior season, Spoelstra played in Sonny Vaccaro's Nike All-Star camp in Princeton, New Jersey, joining future NBA players Alonzo Mourning, Shawn Kemp, and Bobby Hurley in the camp.
He attended the University of Portland from 1988 to 1992 and was named the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year in 1989. Spoelstra was the Pilots' starting point guard for four years, averaging 9.2 points, 4.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. A member of
Dr. James Naismith (November 6, 1861 – November 28, 1939) was a Canadian-American sports coach and innovator. He invented the sport of basketball in 1891 and is often credited with introducing the first football helmet. He wrote the original basketball rulebook, founded the University of Kansas basketball program, and lived to see basketball adopted as an Olympic demonstration sport in 1904 and as an official event at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, as well as the birth of both the National Invitation Tournament (1938) and the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship (1939).
Born in Canada, Naismith studied physical education in Montreal before moving to the United States, where he developed basketball in late 1891 while teaching at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. Naismith also studied medicine in Denver, taking his MD in 1898 before moving to the University of Kansas. After a decade (1898–1907) serving there as a faculty member and part-time basketball coach during the sport's fledgling years, he became the Kansas Jayhawks' athletic director. He became a U.S. citizen in 1925.
Naismith's contributions to basketball have earned him
Jay Triano (born September 21, 1958) is a retired Canadian professional basketball player, a former head coach of the NBA's Toronto Raptors, and currently an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers. Triano gained recognition during his tenure as coach of the Canadian men's national team. He is also a former national team player, who competed in two Olympics, starting in 1984. He was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Triano is of Italian descent through his great-grandfather, who landed on Ellis Island, then made his way to Welland, Ontario. His younger brother Jeff was a draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft after playing OHL hockey for the Toronto Marlboros.
As a student at Simon Fraser University, Triano broke or equalled eleven school men's basketball records, including having the most career points with 2,616. He was drafted in the eighth round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, but never played in the NBA. The same year, he was also drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in the sixth round of the CFL Draft.
Triano was a national team player from 1978 to 1988, captained the team from 1981 to 1988, and
Jim O'Brien (born February 11, 1952) is a current assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association.
O'Brien is a Philadelphia native who attended Roman Catholic High School in his youth, and starred collegiately at St. Joseph's University. Before his stint in Philadelphia, O'Brien was the head coach of the Boston Celtics from 2001-2004, replacing Rick Pitino. He worked to rebuild the struggling Celtics and led them twice to the playoffs. During the 2003-04 NBA season, however, O'Brien consistently fought with Celtics' general manager Danny Ainge over short-term versus long-term goals. Ainge was looking to completely redo the roster, and traded Eric Williams and Tony Battie, two of O'Brien's favorite hardworking players in December 2003. As a result of the conflict, O'Brien shocked everyone in the Celtics community by resigning in January 2004.
O'Brien was also head coach at Wheeling Jesuit University from 1982–87 and the University of Dayton from 1989–94. He led the Dayton Flyers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in his first season, after winning the Midwestern Collegiate Conference; however he led the Flyers to just 10 wins in his last two
Shea Sydney Ralph (born 12 March 1978) is a former collegiate basketball player and current assistant coach for the University of Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team. Ralph was proficient in multiple sports, set state high school records in basketball, and earned multiple national player of the year awards in high school and college. She helped win a National Championship as a player at the University of Connecticut in 2000 and won numerous individual awards, including the Sports Illustrated for Women Player of the Year and the Honda Sports Award for the best collegiate female athlete in basketball. She suffered five acl injuries in her career, two of which led to sitting out the 1997-98 season. Ralph was drafted by the WNBA Utah Starzz, but continued knee problems prevented her from embarking on a professional career. Ralph started her coaching career as an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh in 2003, then moved to the University of Connecticut in 2008.
Shea Ralph grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she attended Terry Sanford High School. She was named Athlete of the Year by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. The Terry Sanford High
Edward Richard DeChellis (born November 14, 1958) is an American college basketball coach and current head men's basketball coach at the United States Naval Academy. Previously he was the head coach at Penn State from 2003-2011 and at East Tennessee State from 1996-2003. At Penn State, DeChellis led the Nittany Lions to an NIT Title in 2009 and a NCAA Tournament berth in 2011. DeChellis's years at East Tennessee State yielded three conference division titles and one NCAA Tournament berth. He was named the head coach at Navy in 2011, following the departure of Billy Lange.
DeChellis was awarded the 2006 National Coaches vs. Cancer Man of the Year. He was born in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania suburb of Monaca.
In 2003, DeChellis inherited a Penn State team that had gone 7–21 the previous two seasons. In his first two seasons, Penn State won 9 and 7 games, respectively, before finishing 15–15 in 2005–06. During this time, DeChellis recruited Geary Claxton and Jamelle Cornley to PSU, players which many fans saw as a significant talent upgrade for the program.
In 2007–08, Penn State entertained hopes of being a dark-horse contender in the Big Ten and possibly even winning enough games to
Kirk Speraw is an American basketball coach and former player. He is currently an assistant basketball coach for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, under Head Coach Fran McCaffery. Speraw previously served as the head coach for the men's basketball team at the University of Central Florida, from 1993 to 2010. Speraw took the Knights to four NCAA tournament appearances.
Kirk Speraw was named the 2006–07 Conference USA Coach of the Year on March 7, 2007. Speraw's first name was the inspiration for the formation of a UCF Basketball fan support group (Kirk's Jerks). Along with 2009, 2nd round draft pick (34th overall) shooting guard Jermaine Taylor, Andrew DeClercq (Florida '95) and Mark Jones (UCF '98) are the two former NBA players that Speraw has coached, with dozens playing professionally around the globe. Kirk also coached current NBA players Joey Graham and Steven Graham, who played at UCF for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State University.
The Sioux City, Iowa native played at the University of Iowa under coach Lute Olson. He also has an M.B.A. from the University of Denver. He was a member of the 1978–79 team that won the Big Ten title.
The Knights have reached the
Orlando "Tubby" Smith (born (1951-06-30)June 30, 1951) is an American college basketball coach. He is currently the men's basketball head coach at the University of Minnesota. Smith previously served in the same role at the University of Tulsa, the University of Georgia, and most recently, University of Kentucky, where he coached the Wildcats to the 1998 NCAA championship.
Over his 21 seasons as a head coach, Smith has had 18 seasons of twenty victories or more. In 2005, he joined Roy Williams, Nolan Richardson, Denny Crum and Jim Boeheim as the only head coaches to win 365 games in 15 seasons or fewer. Currently, Smith's career record is 491-209, for a winning percentage of .701. With Minnesota's invitation to the 2009 NCAA tournament, Smith became the fifth coach to lead four different teams to the NCAA tournament.
Smith's three sons are following in their father's coaching footsteps. "G. G." Smith, who played for his father at the University of Georgia, is currently an assistant coach at Loyola University Maryland. Middle son Saul Smith, who played for his father at the University of Kentucky, has joined his father as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota. Brian, his
Dan Hipsher (born December 6, 1954) is a current men's basketball assistant coach at the University of Alabama, Alabama, United States.
In 1977, he graduated from Bowling Green State University, where he was captain of the basketball team for 2 seasons.
From 1981 to 1989, Hipsher served as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton under Don Donoher. His first head coaching position was at Wittenberg University, where he compiled a sparkling 97-18 record while winning four North Coast Athletic Conference titles and two NCAC Tournament titles. He left Wittenberg for Stetson University, where he served as head coach for two years.
From 1995 to 2004, he served as men's basketball head coach at the University of Akron. During his nine seasons as Akron head coach, Hipsher guided the team to a 112-137 record. He was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in 1998.
After Akron, Hipsher was hired by Stan Heath at the University of Arkansas. When Heath was fired in 2007, Hipsher followed him to the University of South Florida. Hipsher worked two seasons under Heath at USF.
In April 2009, Hipsher accepted an assistant coaching position at The University of Alabama under
Edgar Allen Diddle (March 12, 1895 – January 2, 1970) was an American college men's basketball coach. He is known for coaching at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky from 1922 to 1964. Diddle became the first coach in history to coach 1,000 games at one school. Diddle was known for waving a red towel around along the sidelines during his games. He was known to wave, toss, and chew on this towel, and even cover his face in times of disappointment. His red towel is now part of WKU's official athletic logo. Diddle experienced only five losing seasons in 42 years and overall, averaged 25 wins per year. He was born in Gradyville, Kentucky.
Diddle's teams claimed 32 conference championships, played in 11 postseason tournaments; won 20+ games eighteen different times, (including one stretch of ten years in a row); became the first team from the South to participate in the Olympic Trials; and won an amazing 759 games. When he stepped down in 1964 Diddle had won more games than any coach in NCAA history and today he still ranks in the top ten on the all-time list.
While Diddle was best known for coaching men's basketball, he also coached football, baseball, and women's
David William Cowens (born October 25, 1948, in Newport, Kentucky) is a retired American professional basketball player and NBA head coach. At 6'9", he played the center and occasionally the power forward position. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991. He was recently an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons, and currently serves as a special assistant to Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars.
After starring in high school at Newport Catholic High in his hometown of Newport, Kentucky, Cowens played his collegiate basketball at Florida State University from 1967 to 1970. He scored 1,479 points in 78 games at Florida State, at 19.0 points per game, and ranks among Florida State's top 10 all-time scoring leaders.
He is the all-time Florida State leading rebounder with 1,340 rebounds (17.2 rebounds per game). He holds the team record for best seasonal rebound average (17.5 in the 1968-1969 season). He once grabbed 31 rebounds (second best all-time) against LSU in the 1968-69 season.
He was named The Sporting News All-America second team in 1970. His number now hangs in the rafters of the Donald L. Tucker Center.
James Arthur "Jim" Boeheim ( /ˈbeɪhaɪm/; born November 17, 1944) is the head coach of the men's basketball team at Syracuse University. Boeheim has guided the Orange to nine Big East regular season championships, five Big East Tournament championships, and 28 NCAA Tournament appearances, including three appearances in the national title game. In those games, the Orange lost to Indiana in 1987 and Kentucky in 1996 before defeating Kansas in 2003.
Boeheim currently stands in third place on the wins list of Men's NCAA Division I coaches. Among active coaches, only Mike Krzyzewski of Duke University has more wins, with a career record of 927 wins, achieved at two different schools, Army and Duke. Boeheim earned his 880th win on February 8, 2012, surpassing Dean Smith's 879 wins at North Carolina, for the most career wins as head coach at a single school.
Boeheim has served as an assistant coach for the United States men's national basketball team at the 1990 FIBA World Championship, the 2006 FIBA World Championship, the 2008 Summer Olympics, the 2010 FIBA World Championship, and the 2012 Summer Olympics. In these outings, Team USA finished with two bronze medals and three gold medals,
Matt Painter (born August 27, 1970) is the current Head coach of the Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball team.
Matt Painter was born in Muncie, Indiana, where he attended Delta High School and played basketball for current basketball coach and former athletic director, Stan Daugherty. After high school, he attended Purdue University as an undergraduate, although he grew up in an Indiana University family, where his father attended. He played four seasons of basketball as a Boilermaker in the point guard position under head coach Gene Keady and assistant Steve Lavin, where he helped lead the Boilermakers to three NCAA Tournaments and one NIT appearance. He was teammates with the likes of Jimmy Oliver, Steve Scheffler and Glenn Robinson. He started 50 of the 109 games in which he appeared and helped his team to a 75-45 overall record. In his senior season, he was selected as a team captain and was named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention. Painter finished his career averaging 4.5 ppg and totaling 276 assists.
After graduation from Purdue in 1993, Painter moved on to coaching basketball. His first year as a coach was an assistant coach position at Washington & Jefferson College. With
Michael Dean "Mike" Woodson (born March 24, 1958) is a retired American basketball player and current head coach of the New York Knicks.
Growing up in Indiana, Woodson felt the Hoosier Hysteria which permeated the state helped prepare him for a career in basketball. He said, "Every yard had courts, little basketball hoops in the yard. If you didn't have it, you had neighbors two doors down that had it. You had parks in every area of town where you could go get a pickup game. Had rec centers where you could go play. It was a place to go learn your craft." He was also able to practice with a large number of talented basketball players in the Indianapolis area, including professionals such as George McGinnis, Roger Brown, and Rick Mount. According to Woodson, playing in Indiana meant "you had to be able to pass, and shoot, and dribble, and play without the basketball, you know, the motion offense. That was Indiana basketball. And Bob Knight is the one who really instilled a lot of the fundamentals and how high school coaches taught their teams."
Woodson elected to play college basketball for Bob Knight and the Indiana University Hoosiers. During one recruiting visit by Knight where
Nathan Mumm (born December 20, 1973 in Everett, Washington) was the original owner of the Snohomish County Explosion that play in the National Athletic Basketball League and is currently the President of Courtyard Media Foundation, a non-profit foundation in Snohomish County. Mumm is known as a key leader in Snohomish County regarding business and entertainment. He is the founder of the National Athletic Basketball League and was also the commissioner and compliance director.
A graduate of Marysville Pilchuck High School, Mumm studied Business at Everett Community College. He left college early to work for Microsoft, where he remained for thirteen years before retiring. He is a graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management with an Executive Certificate in International Marketing. Mumm sold the National Athletic Basketball League to Productive Citizens Incorporated. Considered the driving force behind the 3 yr. old league, Mumm has shown great leadership to go along with his everlasting competitive spirit. The league has definitely progressed under his guidance. He is now ready to take on new endeavors and feels he has left the league in great hands with its new owners.
Richard Dale Barnes (born July 17, 1954) is the current head coach of the University of Texas Longhorns men's basketball team. He has coached Texas for the last fourteen seasons, taking the team to the NCAA Tournament each year, including a Final Four appearance led by T. J. Ford in 2003. Barnes previously coached at George Mason University, Providence College, and Clemson University. He is a 1977 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College where he was a member of the men's basketball team.
Barnes' success at Texas, a traditional football powerhouse, has sparked interest in college basketball at the university and throughout the state of Texas. Hired in April 1998, the basketball program immediately displayed Barnes' impact. Despite playing with just seven scholarship players for the majority of the 1998–99 season — and opening the season with a 3-8 record — the Longhorns won 16 of their final 21 games, winning the regular season Big 12 conference championship by a two-game margin, and finishing the year at 19-13 and in the NCAA Tournament. Barnes received his third Big 12 Coach of the Year award on March 10, 2008.
Barnes has had great regular season success with 400+ wins and has
Steve Fisher (born March 24, 1945) is an American college basketball coach currently at San Diego State University.
Fisher attended Illinois State University, where he helped lead the Redbirds to the 1967 Division II Final Four. After college, he became a high school coach in Park Forest, Illinois. In 1979, he accepted an assistant coaching position at Western Michigan University. In 1982, he moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan and took another assistant job at the University of Michigan.
In 1989, during the final week of the regular season, Michigan head coach Bill Frieder agreed to take the coaching job at Arizona State University. Though Frieder intended to coach Michigan through the end of the 1989 NCAA tournament, athletic director Bo Schembechler ordered Michigan alumnus Frieder to leave immediately and promoted non-Michigan alumnus Fisher to interim coach, declaring that "a Michigan man will coach Michigan, not an Arizona State man." Once Frieder had announced his employment at another school, Schembechler no longer considered him a "Michigan man."
Initially, Fisher was not expected to retain the position after the season. However, Fisher led the Wolverines to an improbable NCAA
Bobby Gonzalez (born March 18, 1963) is an American basketball coach. He served as head men’s basketball coach at Manhattan College (winning percentage of .626) and Seton Hall University (winning percentage of .528), before joining NBCSports as a broadcast analyst. He also lectures at basketball clinics and camps, as well as at schools and large and small corporations. Prior to his 11 consecutive years as a Division 1 head men’s basketball coach, Gonzalez was a Division 1 assistant men’s basketball coach at Xavier, Providence and Virginia. In addition, Gonzalez was an assistant men’s basketball coach with USA Basketball in 2005. USA Basketball is a non-profit organization and the governing body for basketball in the United States. The organization represents the United States in FIBA and the men's and women's national basketball teams in the United States Olympic Committee. Gonzalez's coaching roots started in the highly competitive New York City Catholic boys’ high school league at now closed Tolentine High School and Rice High School.
Gonzalez lead the Manhattan College Jaspers to two NCAA tournaments and the second NCAA tournament win in school history. While at Manhattan
Aleš Pipan (born 1959 in Slovenia) is the coach of KK Zadar and he was appointed as Polish national basketball team headcoach for Eurobasket 2011. Before, he was a coach of Anwil Włocławek (Poland), Satex Maribor, Zagorje BZ, Krka and Geoplin Slovan, in addition to a prior stint at Laško.
Pipan coached Slovenia at the Eurobasket 2005, 2006 FIBA World Championship and Eurobasket 2007 until resignation in 2008, when Slovenia didn't make through additional qualifications for 2008 Summer Olympics . Before that, he was present in Slovenian national team as coach assistant since 1998.
Pipan came to Zlatorog Lasko in 1996 and establish them as one of Slovenian best basketball clubs, especially known as club which works very well with young players. He led the club into Saporta Cup in 1997 and 1998. 1999 took them to the quarter finals where they had to yield to the famous Aris, but earned them right to play the Euroleague next year.In those two seasons in Saporta Cup he afirmated two national team players on international scene, Sani Bečirovič and Goran Jurak. Next season (1999/2000) was first year that two Slovenian clubs played Euroleague, but in domestic competition Pipan reached two
Ann Elise Strother (born December 11, 1983) is an American basketball coach, and former professional player, most recently for the Indiana Fever. Strother played at the collegiate level for the Connecticut Huskies, helping the team to two national titles.
Strother spent her childhood in midwestern Iowa. Her family moved to Castle Rock, Colorado when she was in 8th grade. Strother was introduced to basketball by her father Kenneth, who played at the University of Northern Iowa for a semester. She became so good at basketball that she received her first college-recruiting letter from the University of Iowa, when she was only in eighth grade.
She went to Heritage High School for two years then transferred to Highlands Ranch High School where she helped the basketball team to win two Colorado State Championships. Strother was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2002 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored nine points. Strother was also named to play in the inaugural (2002) McDonald's All-American Game, where she was named co-MVP. During the summer after her freshman and sophomore years of high school, Strother played for a team that went to Paris for two
Benjamin Gilbert Owen (July 24, 1875 – February 26, 1970) was an American football player and coach of football, basketball, and baseball. He served as the head football coach at Washburn College, now Washburn University, in 1900, at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas from 1902 to 1904, and at the University of Oklahoma from 1905 to 1926, compiling a career college football record of 155–60–19. Owen was also the head basketball coach at Oklahoma from 1908 to 1921, tallying a mark of 113–49, and the head baseball coach at the school from 1906 to 1922, amassing a record of 142–102–4. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1951.
Owen was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1875 and his family moved to St. Louis, Missouri when he was 12. After he finished school, his family again moved, this time to Arkansas City, Kansas. There Owen served as an apprentice to a local doctor for three years. He then enrolled in the University of Kansas in 1897 to pursue his medical studies and he soon discovered his knack for football.
Owen played football at Kansas under two excellent, but contrasting coaches. Wylie G. Woodruff, an All American player from the University of
Robert Joseph "Bob" Cousy (born August 9, 1928) is a retired American professional basketball player. Cousy played point guard with the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963 and briefly with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969–70 season. Cousy first demonstrated his basketball abilities while playing for his high school varsity team in his junior year. He obtained a scholarship to the College of the Holy Cross, where he led the Crusaders to berths in the 1948 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and 1950 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and was named an NCAA All-American for 3 seasons. Cousy was initially drafted as the third overall pick in the first round of the 1950 NBA Draft by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, but after he refused to report, he was picked up by Boston. Cousy had a very successful career with the Celtics, playing on six championship teams, being voted into 13 NBA All-Star Games and 12 All-NBA First and Second Teams and winning the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 1957.
In his first 11 seasons in the NBA, Cousy led the league in assists eight straight times and introduced a new blend of ball-handling and passing skills that earned him the nicknames "Cooz",
George Edkin Little (May 27, 1889 – February 23, 1957) was an American football player, and coach of football, basketball, and baseball, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at the University of Cincinnati (1914–1915), Miami University (1916, 1919–1921), the University of Michigan (1924), and the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1925–1926), compiling a career college football record of 54–16–4. Little was also the head basketball coach at Cincinnati (1914–1916) and Miami (1916–1917, 1919–1922), tallying a career college basketball mark of 47–38. In addition to coaching, he served as the athletic director at Wisconsin and Rutgers University and as the Executive Secretary of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. Little was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1955.
Little was born in May 1889 in Washington, D.C. His father, George Little, was a Pennsylvania native and a school teacher. His mother, Marion Little, was also a Pennsylvania native. He had a younger brother, Howard Little (born July 1890), and a younger sister, Elizabeth Little (born February 1897). At the time of the 1900 United States Census, the
Joseph Washington "Jellybean" Bryant (born October 19, 1954 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a retired American professional basketball player, current coach, and the father of Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant. Bryant was the head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks from August 22, 2005 until April 4, 2007. He returned to that position after Jennifer Gillom was fired by the Los Angeles Sparks on July 10, 2011.
After starring at La Salle University, Bryant, a 6'9" (2.07 m) forward, was drafted in the first round by the Golden State Warriors in 1975. Before the season started, though, he was dealt to his hometown team, the Philadelphia 76ers, with whom he played for four seasons. Bryant headed back to the West Coast when he was traded by the 76ers to the San Diego Clippers, for whom he played from 1980-82.
After a final NBA season with the Houston Rockets in 1983, Bryant headed to Europe, playing seven seasons in Italy with clubs of the Italian A1 League and the Italian A2 League. He played with the Italian clubs AMG Sebastiani Rieti (1984–86), Reggio Calabria (1986–87), Pistoia (1987–89) and Reggio Emilia (1989–91). He twice had 53-point games with Pistoia in the 1987-88
Marcus (Marc) John Iavaroni (born September 15, 1956, in Jamaica, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player, current assistant coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, and former head coach of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.
Iavaroni, who joined the NBA at age 26, was an important role player on the successful Philadelphia 76ers teams in the early and middle 80s. He also played for the San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz, in a career which included a starting role as a rookie on the 76ers' 1983 NBA Championship team.
Iavaroni also played professionally in Brescia, Forlì and Málaga before retiring in 1992, playing a total of six seasons in Italy and Spain: four after his college career and two following his NBA career.
His coaching career began as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Virginia. Following his playing career, he was also an assistant coach for two seasons at Bowling Green State University from 1992 to 1994.
The first NBA coaching experience for Iavaroni came in 1997, when he was hired as a Cleveland Cavaliers assistant, working mainly with forwards. In 1999, he moved to the front office of the Miami Heat as director of player
Roshown McLeod (born November 17, 1975 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round (20th overall) of the 1998 NBA Draft. A 6'8" small forward from St. John's University and Duke University, McLeod played in three NBA seasons from 1999 to 2001. He played for the Hawks and briefly for the Philadelphia 76ers. In the 2001/02 season he was a member of the Boston Celtics but was permanently injured and unable to play. Due to this injury he had to prematurely finish his career.
Mcleod played high school basketball at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City.
In his NBA career, McLeod played in 113 games and scored a total of 817 points. On November 14, 2000, as a member of the Hawks, he scored a career high 24 points versus the Orlando Magic.
In September 2002, McLeod was named an assistant basketball coach for Fairfield University.
In August 2008, McLeod joined Tom Crean's coaching staff at Indiana University. McLeod was dismissed from IU by Crean on March 7, 2010.
Roshown replaced Dan Hurley at St. Benedict's Preparatory School, an independent school in Newark, New Jersey, after Hurley took the
Steve "Wojo" Wojciechowski (born August 11, 1976) is an American basketball coach and former player of Polish origin. He played at Duke University from 1994 until 1998 where he was the team's point guard. He currently is an associate head coach at Duke under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Wojciechowski is a 1994 graduate of the Cardinal Gibbons School in Baltimore, MD, where he played under legendary Baltimore Catholic League Head Coach Ray Mullis and was named to the East squad of the 1994 McDonald's All-American Team, playing alongside 1994 High School Player of the Year Felipe López, and against future Duke teammates Trajan Langdon and Ricky Price.
During Wojciechowski's career, the Duke Blue Devils achieved an 87-44 record, won the ACC regular season championship in the 1996-97 season, and played in the NCAA South Regional final in the 1997-98 season. During his senior year, Wojciechowski earned NABC Defensive Player of the Year honors, and was an honorable mention All-American.
He is ranked eighth at Duke for career steals (203) and eighth for career assists (505). He also achieved the second highest number of steals in a single season with 82 in 1997.
Following his graduation
Bob Huggins, nicknamed "Huggy Bear", (born September 21, 1953 in Morgantown, West Virginia) is the head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team. Huggins previously held the head coaching positions at the University of Cincinnati (1989–2005) and Kansas State University (2006–2007). His 690–251 record (.733) during his 28 seasons as a head coach (as of 2010) ranks him eighth in winning percentage and fourth in victories among active Division I coaches. He is one of only 4 active Division I coaches with 700 or more career victories. Huggins has been to 15 total NCAA tournaments, including 14 of the last 15 seasons. Huggins' teams have participated in the postseason 25 of 28 times, including two Final Fours: 1992 with Cincinnati, 2010 with West Virginia. Huggins has averaged 23.6 wins per season, including 25.6 his last 15 years.
On April 5, 2007, he accepted an offer to return to coach his alma mater of West Virginia University. After leading the Mountaineers to a Sweet 16 appearance, Huggins signed an 11-year contract with the university after the season ended.
Huggins, who had moved to Port Washington, Ohio with his family, played basketball for his father,
Brad Stevens (born October 22, 1976) is an American college basketball coach and former player. He is currently the head men's basketball coach at Butler University. He grew up in Zionsville, Indiana, where he starred on the Zionsville Community High School basketball team, setting four school records. After high school, he attended DePauw University, where he played basketball and earned a degree in economics. He made the all-conference team multiple times and was a three-time Academic All-America nominee. Stevens joined the Butler basketball program as a volunteer prior to the 2000–01 season after quitting his job at Eli Lilly and Company. He was promoted to a full-time assistant coaching position for the 2001–02 season. On April 4, 2007, he became the head coach after Todd Lickliter left to coach the Iowa Hawkeyes.
In his first year, Stevens led Butler to 30 wins, becoming the third-youngest head coach in NCAA Division I history to have a 30-win season. In 2010, his third year as head coach, Stevens broke the NCAA record for most wins in a coach's first three years, exceeding the previous record by eight. The 2009–10 team finished undefeated in conference play, becoming the
Henry Payne "Hank" Iba (/ˈaɪbə/; August 6, 1904 – January 15, 1993) was an American basketball and baseball coach.
Iba was born and raised in Easton, Missouri. He played college basketball at Westminster College, where he became a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
After coaching stints at Maryville Teachers' College (now Northwest Missouri State University) and the University of Colorado, Iba came to Oklahoma A&M College in 1934. He stayed at Oklahoma A&M, renamed Oklahoma State University in 1957, for 36 years until his retirement after the 1969–70 season. For most of his tenure at A&M/OSU, he doubled as athletic director. Additionally, Iba coached OSU's baseball team from 1934 to 1941.
Iba's teams were methodical, ball-controlling units that featured weaving patterns and low scoring games. Iba's "swinging gate" defense (a man-to-man with team flow) was applauded by many, and is still effective in today's game. He was known as "the Iron Duke of Defense." Iba is thought to be one of the toughest coaches in NCAA history. He was a very methodical coach, and he always wanted things done perfectly.
Iba's Aggies became the first to win consecutive NCAA titles (1945 and 1946). His
Jonas Kazlauskas (born November 21, 1954, in Panevėžys, Lithuania) is a Lithuanian professional basketball coach and former Soviet basketball player.
Kazlauskas was a club basketball player with Statyba Vilnius (now known as Lietuvos Rytas), from 1973 to 1985. He won a bronze medal in the former USSR Supreme League in 1979.
Jonas Kazlauskas has spouse Otilija and two daughters Jurgita and Miglė. He likes tennis, crosswords and computer games.
Kazlauskas is considered to be one of the best coaches in Europe. In the past, he has coached Lithuania's top two pro club basketball teams, Žalgiris Kaunas and Lietuvos Rytas. He has also been the coach of the senior men's Lithuanian national team. From 2005 to 2008, he was the head coach of the senior men's Chinese national team.
Keno Davis (born March 10, 1972 in Easton, Pennsylvania) is an American college basketball coach at Central Michigan University. Davis was previously head coach at Drake University for one season (2007–2008), when he was named the 2008 Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year. Davis also served as an assistant coach at Drake from 2003–2007 under his father Tom Davis.
Davis served as an undergraduate assistant coach at the University of Iowa under his father from 1991–1995. After graduating, he served as an assistant coach at the University of Southern Indiana from 1995–97 and at Southeast Missouri State University from 1997–2003. He rejoined his father as an assistant coach after the elder Davis was named head coach at Drake University in April 2003. When his father retired in 2007, Keno Davis became the team's head coach, and led the Bulldogs to a 28–5 record and a berth in the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Following the season, Davis was named the Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year. After just one season as head coach at Drake, Davis left the school to join the Big East Conference as the head coach of Providence College in April
Louis Joseph "L. J." "Doc" Cooke (born February 15, 1868 – August 19, 1943) was the first head men’s basketball coach at the University of Minnesota. He coached the Minnesota Golden Gophers men’s basketball team for 28 seasons. Cooke also served as the University’s athletic director for a time and is responsible for the creation of Little Brown Jug tradition between Minnesota and the Michigan Wolverines, the longest existing traveling trophy tradition in college football.
Cooke came to Minnesota in 1895 to be the director of physical education for the YMCA in Minneapolis after completing his M.D. at the University of Vermont. His degree from Vermont led to his nickname of "Doc". He began to work with the University of Minnesota’s basketball program on a part-time basis in the 1896-97 season. In February 1897, the University agreed to pay part of Cooke’s salary, and he was employed by the school full-time by the fall of 1897. This made him one of the earliest professional coaches.
Cooke spent a couple of seasons building the program playing smaller schools in the Twin Cities and YMCA teams. By 1900, the University was largely playing other public universities in neighboring states.
Michael “Mike” Brown (born March 5, 1970) is an American basketball head coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was previously the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers from June 2, 2005 until May 24, 2010. After learning the game under Gregg Popovich, Brown is widely regarded as a defensive specialist. He turned the Cavaliers into one of the top defensive teams in the NBA and guided them into the 2007 NBA Finals. Brown was honored as NBA Coach of the Year for leading the Cavaliers to a team record and league best 66 wins in 2009, and 61 wins, again a league best, in 2010. However, after losses to both the Orlando Magic in the conference finals in 2009 and the Boston Celtics in the 2010 conference semifinals, he was fired after failing to win an NBA title with the Cavaliers. On May 25, 2011, Brown succeeded Phil Jackson as the head coach of the Lakers.
Brown was born in Columbus, Ohio, but spent parts of his childhood overseas. He graduated from Würzburg American High School in Würzburg, Germany in 1988, where he excelled in basketball and football. After studying and playing basketball at Mesa Community College for two years, Brown went
Vatroslav Piacun (born Skopje, Yugoslavia, April 4, 1931; died Zagreb, Croatia, June 6, 1999), was a Croatian basketball player and coach.
The eldest son of Antun and Terezija, Vatroslav moved to Zagreb in 1947. Soon afterwards, he started playing handball alongside Nikola Dasović who shortly thereafter introduced him to basketball. Piacun began playing competitive basketball for a team called "Zagreb" and, a year after he first started playing basketball, he helped his team win the Croatian Championship in 1948.
In 1949 the team changed its name to "Polet" and unsuccessfully petitioned to be included in the Yugoslavian national basketball league. In September 1950, with the new name "Lokomotiva", the team was included into the national league with Piacun playing in the starting rotation.
Through 1959, Piacun had played in 65 national competition games scoring a total of 367 points. "Lokomotova" and Piacun had occasionally also played in international exhibition matches, most notably in The Netherlands and Sicily.
The first title for Lokomotiva, later Cibona, Vatroslav won coaching junior team September 26, 1954. His boys became well known players and coaches: Đorđe Bjegović,
Anne Donovan (born November 1, 1961) is an American retired basketball player and the current head coach of the women's basketball team at Seton Hall University. In the WNBA she began as an interim head coach for the Indiana Fever. She then coached the Charlotte Sting before guiding the Seattle Storm to their first title in 2004. She is the only person to have both played for 0a national women's college title and coached a team to a professional title. She is also the first female coach of a WNBA Championship team (as well as the youngest at age 42). Donovan is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Donovan joined the New York Liberty as an assistant coach in the spring of 2009, then took over as interim head coach of the Liberty on July 31, 2009. She accepted the women's basketball head coaching position at Seton Hall on March 29, 2010, although she completed the 2010 season with the Liberty.
Donovan attended Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey. The six-foot-one--at the time--Donovan led her high school team to consecutive undefeated seasons, including two state championships. She averaged 25 points per game and 17 rebounds her senior year.
Donovan, now 6' 8",
Brooks James Thompson (born July 19, 1970) is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Orlando Magic in the 1st round (27th overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft. A 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) guard from Texas A&M University and Oklahoma State University, Thompson played in four NBA seasons for five different teams. He played for the Magic, Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks.
Thompson attended Littleton High School in Littleton, Colorado. Thompson was named the Colorado player of the year in 1989 and lead Littleton to 24-0 record and the state 4A title.
In his NBA career, Thompson played in 168 games and scored a total 760 points. On November 26, 1996, as a member of the Nuggets, he scored a career high 26 points against the Suns.
He also played for a few games in the Greek league for Iraklis Thessaloniki.
On April 19, 2006, Thompson was named head coach of the men's basketball team of the University of Texas at San Antonio.
On November 15, 2009, Thompson and UTSA defeated The University of Iowa. It was UTSA's first ever win versus a Big Ten Conference school.
On March 16, 2011, Thompson guided UTSA to the school's first ever NCAA
Dave Odom (born October 9, 1942) is a retired American men's college basketball coach, who most recently coached at the University of South Carolina. He had previously held the same position at East Carolina University and Wake Forest University, and was an assistant coach at the University of Virginia.
Odom began his career in sports at Goldsboro High School, in North Carolina, as the captain of his American football, basketball and baseball teams. After graduating in 1961, he attended Guilford College where he played quarterback on the football team for three years, as well as playing basketball for all four years. As a senior in 1965, Odom was named the college's most outstanding athlete. He was also inducted into the Guilford College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983.
After graduation in 1965, Odom accepted a job as the coach of Goldsboro High School while enrolled at East Carolina University in pursuit of a masters degree in physical education. Odom coached Goldsboro High School for four seasons between 1965 and 1969. After graduating from East Carolina in 1969, Odom took a job at Durham High School. He coached at Durham for seven years (1969–1976) where he was voted his league's
Alfred Lloyd "Flucie" Stewart (August 5, 1906 – November 17, 1956) was an American basketball and football coach. He served as the head football and basketball coach for the Appalachian State Mountaineers located in the town of Boone in Watauga County, North Carolina. Stewart also was head basketball coach at Furman for two years.
A native of Strawn, Texas, Stewart attended Furman University, where he played as an end on the football team from 1929 to 1930.
He joined the Appalachian State football staff in 1935 as an assistant coach. By 1940, he had taken over as athletic director.
In 1941, he served as head football coach at Tampa for one season before resigning.
Stewart became Maryland head basketball coach in 1947, after the longstanding tenure of Burton Shipley. He was also a member of Jim Tatum's football staff as an assistant coach. Stewart's basketball teams were not successful, however, and after three losing seasons, was replaced by Bud Millikan. He also worked as an associate professor of physical education.
Stewart died on November 17, 1956 in Greenville, South Carolina, succumbing to a two-year illness.
Lin Dunn is an American longtime women's basketball coach. She is most known for being the first coach and general manager for the Seattle Storm. She has more than 500 wins to her name.
The 1969 University of Tennessee at Martin graduate coached for decades in the college ranks, amassing a 447-257 record in 25 seasons as a college head coach. In her tenure at Austin Peay State University (1972–1977), the University of Mississippi (1977–1978), the University of Miami (1978–1987) and Purdue University (1987–1996), she made the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship seven times, and the Final Four once, in 1994 with Purdue. She is in the Athletics Hall of Fame at both Austin Peay and Miami. Dunn also was president of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in 1984-85.
Dunn was abruptly fired at Purdue after the 1995-96 season, but resurfaced in the pros with the American Basketball League's Portland Power in 1996. She was ABL's coach of the year in 1998, right before that league folded. Dunn then became the first coach and GM of the expansion Seattle Storm in the ABL's rival, the WNBA. Her folksy southern personality was a hit in urbane Seattle, with fans often wearing
Michael Joseph "Iron Mike" Donahue (June 14, 1876 – December 11, 1958 ) was an American football player, coach of football, basketball, baseball, tennis, track, soccer, and golf, and a college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Auburn University (1904–1906, 1908–1922), at Louisiana State University (1923–1927), and at Spring Hill College (1934–?). Donahue also coached basketball (1905–1921), baseball, track, and soccer (1912–?) at Auburn and baseball (1925–1926) and tennis (1946–1947) at LSU. He was inducted as a coach into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. Donahue Drive in Auburn, Alabama, on which Jordan–Hare Stadium is located and the Tiger Walk takes place, is named in his honor.
Donahue played quarterback at Yale University, from which he graduated in 1903.
Upon graduating college, Donahue became the tenth head coach of the Auburn Tigers football team beginning in 1904. His coaching career saw immediate success, as his first team went undefeated at 5–0. Donahue's Auburn teams won two Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles, in 1913 and 1919. His 1913 squad has been retroactively recognized as a national champion by the
Pete Gillen (born June 20, 1947) is an American former college basketball head coach of the Division I Xavier Musketeers, Providence Friars and Virginia Cavaliers and is a member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame. Gillen is currently a college basketball analyst with the CBS Sports Network.
Gillen was two sport athlete in baseball and basketball at Fairfield University where he received his bachelor’s degree in English Literature in 1968.
Coach Gillen began his coaching career at his high school alma mater Brooklyn Prep where he was an English teacher. He soon moved to the collegiate level when he joined the coaching staff of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, with Rick Pitino as one of his fellow assistants. Gillen followed that with subsequent assistant coaching stints at the Virginia Military Institute; Villanova University under Rollie Massimino, and the University of Notre Dame under Digger Phelps from 1980 to 1985.
He was head basketball coach at Xavier University from 1985 to 1994, Providence College from 1994 to 1998, and the University of Virginia from 1998 to 2005.
At Xavier, Gillen compiled an impressive record, taking the Musketeers to the NCAA
Paul Ryan C. Gregorio (born April 7, 1972) is a Filipino professional basketball head coach of the Meralco Bolts in the Philippine Basketball Association. He began his PBA head coaching job with the Purefoods TJ Giants in 2002 on an acting capacity and won his first PBA Championship on the same year at the age of 29. He was also a former player ('92, '93, '94) and coach (2001) of the U.P. Fighting Maroons in the UAAP, before coaching in the pro league. He is a three-time PBA Champion Coach, a 4-time PBA All-Star Coach and a three-time PBA Coach of the Year awardee. He and Chot Reyes are the only distinguished PBA coaches who won at least 3 COY accolades. He is also the first and only coach in the league history to win a championship as an interim coach in 2002. Gregorio is a graduate of the University of the Philippines with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Major in Film and Audio-Visual Communication (Batch 1994).
Prior to his head coaching chores with Purefoods, Gregorio was an assistant coach and video coordinator of Eric Altamirano with Purefoods in1997..
However, in 2002, Altamirano was hired as an assistant coach for the Philippine National Basketball Team,
Edward Montgomery "Eddie" Jordan (born January 29, 1955 in Washington, D.C.) is a retired American professional basketball player and former coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards and Sacramento Kings in the NBA.
Jordan attended Rutgers University from 1973–1977, and led the school to the 1976 NCAA Final Four, during which he was named East Regional MVP. At Rutgers, Jordan acquired the nickname "Fast Eddie." In his senior season, Jordan was named honorable mention All-America, while setting Rutgers' all-time career records in assists (585) and steals (220). Jordan graduated from Rutgers in 1977 with a degree in health and physical education.
Jordan was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 1977 NBA Draft (33rd overall), and was acquired by the New Jersey Nets halfway through his rookie season. Jordan tied Norm Nixon (Los Angeles Lakers) for the lead in total steals with 201 in 1978-1979, and was second in total steals, 223, in 1979–80 (behind the New York Knicks' Micheal Ray Richardson with 265).
Jordan played for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1980–81 season, and was a member of the 1982 NBA World Championship team. He played for the Lakers
Maureen Theresa "Rene" Muth Portland (born c. 1952) is an American former head women's college basketball coach known for her 27-year tenure with the Penn State Lady Lions basketball team. Her career resume includes 21 NCAA tournament appearances including a Final Four appearance in 2000, five Big Ten Conference championships and two conference tournament titles. Portland is one of few women's basketball coaches to have won 600 or more games at a single school, with a career record of 606–236 at Penn State. She is accused of discriminating against homosexual players of the Penn State women's basketball team.
Portland first became head coach at Penn State in 1980, following brief positions at St. Joseph's and Colorado. Portland was previously one of the star players at Immaculata College, one of the early powers in women's college basketball. Several of her teammates also went on to become prominent women's coaches, such as Theresa Grentz and Marianne Stanley.
Portland served 27 seasons as the Lady Lions head coach. She won over 600 games at Penn State, making her sixth in most wins in Division I women’s basketball. Although she had coached many Lady Lions teams to the NCAA
Amory Tingle "Slats" Gill (May 1, 1901 – April 5, 1966) was a men's basketball and baseball coach at Oregon State University.
Gill was born in Salem, Oregon, the youngest of eight children. His father died when he was a child. His nickname "Slats" was given to him at age 12. Gill was swimming in a local pond one summer afternoon. Upon exiting the pond, a buddy joked with Gill about his scrawny frame with his ribs protruding, which he said looked like slats in a picket fence. Gill was from then on known as Slats.
Gill attended Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University) in Corvallis, Oregon. While at OAC, he played baseball from 1919 to 1921 and basketball from 1922 to 1924. Gill was an All-American forward in 1924.
Gill's first head coaching position was at a high school in Oakland, California. After one season there, he returned to Corvallis to be the head coach of the Rooks (the OSU freshman team). He spent two seasons in that capacity.
In the summer of 1928, OAC's current head coach Bob Hager was fired by then school president Jasper Kerr. Kerr did not look far for his new head coach. Even though Gill was only 27 years old and had just three years of coaching under
James Larrañaga ( /ˌlɛərəˈneɪɡə/ LAIR-ə-NAY-gə; born October 2, 1949) is an American college basketball coach and the head coach of the University of Miami men's basketball program. He was most notably the men's basketball coach of George Mason where he coached the Patriots to 13 consecutive winning seasons and became a media sensation during the Patriots' improbable run to the Final Four of the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
Growing up in the Bronx, one of six children, Larrañaga attended Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, where he starred on the basketball varsity under coach Jack Curran, graduating in 1967. He went on to play basketball at Providence College, He was the basketball team captain as a senior, 1970–71, leading Providence College to a 20–8 record and a NIT appearance. He graduated as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,258 points and was the team’s top scorer as a sophomore and junior, being named New England’s Division I Sophomore of the Year in 1969. (Larrañaga's time at Providence was recognized with his induction into the Providence College Hall of Fame in 1991.) He graduated from Providence in 1971 with an economics degree,
Simone Pianigiani (born 31 May 1969 in Siena, Italy) is an Italian professional basketball coach. He is current head coach of Fenerbahçe Ülker.
He coached Italian powerhouse Montepaschi Siena between 2006-12. Since December 2009, he is also the head coach of the senior men's Italian national basketball team.
Pianigiani was appointed the head coach of the Italian League club Montepaschi Siena before the 2006-07 season, and has led his team to the Italian championship in all five of his seasons on the bench. He was named the Italian League's Best Coach in 2007.
The 2008–09 season was especially notable, as Montepaschi won the Italian SuperCup before the season, the Italian Cup at mid-season, and won the Italian League championship by sweeping all three of their playoff series. In 44 Italian domestic games that season, they lost only once — at Fortitudo Bologna, in an Italian League game.
Pianigiani became the head coach of the senior men's Italian national basketball team in 2009.
In the summer of 2012, he signed a two-years contract with Fenerbahçe Ülker.
Stanley A. "Stan" Van Gundy (born August 26, 1959) is a professional basketball coach, most recently serving as the head coach of the National Basketball Association's Orlando Magic from 2007 to 2012. From 2003 to 2005, he was the head coach of the Miami Heat but resigned in 2005 mid-season, turning the job over to Pat Riley. He is the brother of former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy.
Van Gundy was a star guard at Alhambra High School. He played basketball for his father, Bill, at SUNY-Brockport, a Division III school, until he graduated in 1981 with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Physical Education.
Van Gundy began his coaching career as an assistant coach at the University of Vermont, 1981–83, and was head coach at Castleton State College (VT) for three seasons. After serving as an assistant coach at Canisius College in 1987 and Fordham University in 1988, Van Gundy was named head coach at UMass Lowell and spent four seasons there, where he compiled a record of 54-60 and coached Leo Parent, whom Van Gundy called "the best Division 2 player in the nation."
Van Gundy then became an assistant at the University of Wisconsin under Stu Jackson. When Jackson
Želimir “Željko” Obradović (Serbian Cyrillic: Желимир Жељко Обрадовић; born March 9, 1960, in Čačak, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian professional basketball coach and a former professional basketball player. He is generally considered one of the best European coaches ever, having won eight Euroleague (only Real Madrid has won 8 Euroleague titles) titles with four different clubs. In addition to his success at the club level, he has won major trophies as Serbian national basketball team head coach, such as the 1997 FIBA European Championship and the 1998 FIBA World Championship.
In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors.
Obradović started his career as a basketball player with Borac Čačak where he ended up playing 4 senior seasons from 1980 until 1984 as a point guard. Over the summer of 1984, he joined KK Partizan at the age of 24. His first coach in KK Partizan was legendary player of Yugoslav national team Zoran Slavnić (1984-1985).
In Obradović's third season with the team, the team won the 1986-87 Yugoslavian Championship. The next season they reached the 1988 European Champions Cup Final Four. Finally, they won the Yugoslavian Cup and the
David "Dave" Pasiak is the men's basketball head coach for Onondaga Community College. He currently has a career record of 214-149 in 12 seasons at OCC and 233-187 overall in 14 seasons at the NJCAA level. Pasiak is actively involved in Coaches vs. Cancer. In his seventh season as head coach at OCC, he earned his 150th victory at the NJCAA level and in the process became Onondaga's all-time winningest coach (OCC Athletics). He also served as Onondaga's Interim Athletic Director from November 2009 to August 2011. He was named Mid-State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003 & 2008. He was the NJCAA Region III Division III Coach of the Year in 2003. Pasiak guided his 2006-2007 team to the school's first Mid-State Athletic Conference Championship in 15 years.
Pasiak enrolled in Clarkson University in 1980, and was a member of the University's basketball team. He graduated in 1984 (OCC Athletics) and began his coaching career at his alma mater, Waterville High School, where he was the head coach of the boys junior varsity team. Soon thereafter he was hired as the varsity boys basketball coach at Sauquoit Valley High School.
After one season he had the opportunity to coach
Emil William Breitkreutz (November 16, 1883 – May 3, 1972) was a US middle distance runner who won a bronze medal in the Olympic 800 meters final in the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri. The race was won by James Lightbody.
Breitkreutz attended the University of Southern California, where he became the first USC athlete to compete in the Olympics. He graduated in 1906.
He was also a USC Trojans basketball coach.
John Leslie Pelphrey (born July 18, 1968) is an American college basketball coach; most recently he was the 14th men's basketball head coach at the University of Arkansas (hired April 2007). After being named Kentucky's "Mr. Basketball" in 1987, he became a star college player at the University of Kentucky. Prior to coaching the Razorbacks, he served as head basketball coach for South Alabama. Pelphrey served as an assistant coach under Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State and Billy Donovan at Marshall and Florida.
John Pelphrey was born in Paintsville, Kentucky. He attended Paintsville High School, where he was coached by Bill Mike Runyon. He would lead the Tigers to the Sweet Sixteen in the State Tournament, and make the Sweet Sixteen Fab 50. During his senior year as a Tiger (1987), the team's final record was 32-5. The team won Paintsville Invitational Championship, the Hillbrook Classic, the 57th District Championship, the 15th Region Championship, and made the KHSAA "Sweet Sixteen" Final Four where they lost to eventual state champion Louisville Ballard led by future NBA player Allan Houston. A two-sport athlete, Pelphrey also had a passion for baseball, he played during his high
John Thompson III (born March 11, 1966) is the current head coach of the men's basketball team at Georgetown University. He grew up in Washington, D.C. and was named first team All-Metro by The Washington Post while playing for Gonzaga College High School in 1984. Thompson was hired on April 20, 2004 to replace Craig Esherick. Prior to being hired at Georgetown, Thompson was the head coach for four years at his alma mater, Princeton University.
Thompson is the son of John Thompson, Jr. (Georgetown's head coach from 1972 to 1999), and a 1988 graduate of Princeton. Thompson, whose nickname is JT3, served as an assistant coach at Princeton under head coaches Pete Carril and Bill Carmody from 1995 through 2000. After being promoted to head coach, he compiled a 68–42 record with the Tigers from 2000 to 2004 and guided the team to three Ivy League championships, two NCAA tournament appearances, and one NIT tournament appearance. Three of his players earned Ivy League Player of the Year honors.
Thompson immediately introduced the Princeton offense at Georgetown, a style of play that he learned from coach Pete Carril at Princeton. The rarity of this style, and Thompson's success at
John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was an American basketball player and coach. Nicknamed the "Wizard of Westwood", he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period—seven in a row—as head coach at UCLA, an unprecedented feat. Within this period, his teams won a record 88 consecutive games. He was named national coach of the year six times.
As a player, Wooden was the first to be named basketball All-American three times and he won a national championship at Purdue. Wooden was named a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player (inducted in 1961) and as a coach (in 1973), the first person ever enshrined in both categories. Only Lenny Wilkens and Bill Sharman have since had the same honor.
He was one of the most revered coaches and was beloved by his former players, among them Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton. Wooden was renowned for his short, simple inspirational messages to his players, including his "Pyramid of Success". These often were directed at how to be a success in life as well as in basketball.
Born in 1910 in the town of Hall, Indiana, Wooden moved with his family to a small farm in Centerton in 1918. As a boy one of his role models
Rodney "Rod" Strickland (born July 11, 1966, in The Bronx, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player and currently in an administrative role for the University of Kentucky basketball team under head coach John Calipari. Strickland was formerly the director of basketball operations at the University of Memphis. He is also the godfather of 2011 NBA Draft first overall pick Kyrie Irving.
A native of the Bronx, Strickland played for the New York Gauchos. While a junior he led Truman High School in Co-Op City to the state championship and was ranked as one of the top 10 high school recruits in the nation. As a senior he transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.
Strickland became a college star at DePaul University where he appeared in 87 games. As a junior, he was a First Team All-American after averaging 20.0 points and 7.8 assists. A 1987 and 1988 All-America pick, Strickland helped lead the Blue Demons to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 1985–88, including Sweet Sixteen showings in 1986 and 1987. The four-time Blue Demon letterwinner ranks among the program's career leaders in scoring average (8th; 16.6 ppg), assists (3rd; 557) and steals (2nd;
George Edward "Skip" Prosser (November 3, 1950 – July 26, 2007) was an American college basketball coach who was head men's basketball coach at Wake Forest University at the time of his death. He was the only coach in NCAA history to take three separate schools to the NCAA Tournament in his first year coaching the teams. In 21 years as a collegiate coach, he made 18 postseason appearances.
Previously, he coached Xavier University for seven seasons, where he achieved great success. He spent his first year of coaching at the collegiate level at Loyola College in Maryland, where he took the Greyhounds to the team's first modern-day NCAA Tournament appearance.
Prosser was the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 2003.
Prosser was born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania suburb of Carnegie and graduated from Carnegie High School, where he played football and basketball. He played basketball and rugby union at the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he earned a degree in nautical science in 1972.
Prosser coached at Linsly Military Institute in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he achieved a 38–9 record. He then was hired as a history teacher at Wheeling Central
Anthony Grant (born April 15, 1966) is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball program. Before accepting the job at Alabama, Grant served for three years as the head coach of Virginia Commonwealth University's Rams men's basketball program.
After graduating from Miami Senior High School, Grant became an All-City first-team selection and Player-of-the-Year played at the University of Dayton from 1983 to 1987 guiding them to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before bowing out to eventual national champion Georgetown. As a sophomore, Grant averaged 10.7 points a game and 6.5 rebounds a game and the Flyers again made it to the NCAA Tournament. As a junior, the 6'5" Grant moved from power forward to small forward and averaged 7.1 points a game and 4.8 rebounds a contest while the team advanced to the National Invitation Tournament. As a senior, Grant was named a team captain, named team MVP, and awarded the Sharpenter Memorial Rebounding Award after leading the squad in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.0 and 6.0 respectively. In his 105 appearances, Grant registered 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds
Basil Ewing Hayden (May 19, 1899 – January 9, 2003) was an American college basketball player and coach. A Kentucky native, he began playing the sport in the sixth grade and, after a year at Transylvania University, transferred to the University of Kentucky to study chemistry and play on the school's basketball squad. He captained the team to victory at the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship and was named an All-American for his efforts – the first basketball player to earn the honor at the University of Kentucky.
After graduating in 1922 Hayden took on a number of different jobs and was called to coach the University of Kentucky's basketball team in 1926 following the departure of Ray Eklund. After a 3–13 record in his first year he was replaced with John Mauer and returned to his previous occupations. When he died in 2003, at the age of 103, he was the University of Kentucky's oldest former athlete, and his jersey is among those hung in the school's Rupp Arena.
Hayden was born in Stanford, Kentucky; his father Joseph was a grocer, and his mother Annie (née: Brown) was a tutor. He moved to Paris, Kentucky at an early age and began playing basketball in the
William John Donovan, Jr. (born May 30, 1965) is an American college basketball coach and a former college and professional basketball player. Donovan is the head coach of the Florida Gators men's basketball team of the University of Florida. He is best known for leading the Florida Gators to two consecutive National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national championships.
Donovan has coached the Gators in three NCAA championship game appearances in 2000, 2006 and 2007. The Gators lost to the Michigan State Spartans in the 2000 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball final. The Gators won the national championship in 2006 with a 73–57 win over UCLA and again in 2007 with an 84–75 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes, making Donovan the first coach since Mike Krzyzewski to win back-to-back NCAA titles. He is one of only four men (Dean Smith, Joe B. Hall and Bobby Knight being the others) to appear in the NCAA Final Four as a player and win the NCAA national championship as a coach.
After a brief stint as head coach of the Orlando Magic that lasted only five days, Donovan re-signed with the Gators on June 7, 2007. The deal made him the highest-paid head coach in college basketball at $3.5
Brenda Frese (born 1970) is an American women's basketball head coach and former player. Since 2002, she has served as the head coach of the University of Maryland women's basketball team. In her fourth year as head coach, she won the 2006 Women's National Championship, and in her 2008-2009 season she won the ACC Championship - the women's first ACC Championship since 1989. She then won the ACC Championship title again, four years later in her 2011-2012 season.
While injured as a player at the University of Arizona, Brenda Frese volunteered as an assistant coach at PIMA Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Upon graduation, she immediately began to pursuing a career in coaching, driving across the country to attend an NCAA Final Four and working various basketball camps. Frese's career officially started in 1994 as an assistant coach at Kent State and Iowa State and then spent three years as head coach at Ball State and Minnesota. In her very first game as a head coach, Frese led Ball State to an upset win over Minnesota. Less than two years later, Minnesota hired Frese as their new head coach. During her 2001-02 season at Minnesota, she led a one-year turnaround of 8-20 to 22-8,
Chris Lowery (born July 7, 1972, in Evansville, Indiana) is an American college basketball coach currently serving as an assistant coach at Kansas State University under head coach Bruce Weber. He was previously head coach of the Southern Illinois Salukis men's basketball team. He had been their head coach since 2004, but on March 2, 2012 was fired after his team lost the most games in a season in school history.
Lowery played at Southern Illinois starting in 1990 and later became an assistant coach, eventually serving under Bruce Weber at SIU and moving with him to Illinois after the 2002–03 season. On April 9, 2004, Lowery was named the head coach of SIU's men's basketball team after Matt Painter left to become an associate head coach/head coach designate to Gene Keady at Purdue University.
On March 1, 2007, Lowery was named Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year after leading SIU to a 25–5 regular season record. A highlight win for the season was when they beat the highly-ranked Butler Bulldogs on the road. The Salukis received a number-four seed in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, the highest for any Valley team since Indiana State received a 1-seed in 1979.
On April 2, 2007,
Danny Nee is the current Head Men's Basketball Coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. His career head coaching record as an NCAA Men's Basketball coach stands at 410-381(.518 winning %).
He served as head coach of the Ohio Bobcats men's basketball team for seven years (1980–1986), where he helped rebuild the program which had suffered through several losing seasons, and helped lead the team to two MAC Tournament titles (1983 and 1985), two NCAA Tournament appearances (1983 and 1985), and one National Invitation Tournament appearance (1986).
Following Nee's tenure at Ohio, he became the coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1986 to 2000. Nee took a historically lackluster Husker program to the next level, leading Nebraska to five NCAA Tournament appearances from 1991–1994 and 1998. His 1996 squad won the NIT Championship. Nee was fired in 2000 by then athletic director Bill Byrne.
After Nebraska, Nee then went to Robert Morris University for one year and then became head coach of Duquesne University's Duquesne Dukes, in the spring of 2001. Nee officially resigned as head coach after the season's final game on March 4, 2006. Nee then joined the basketball staff at
David Blatt (Hebrew: דייוויד בלאט; born May 22, 1959) is an American Israeli professional basketball coach, and a former professional basketball player. Today, Blatt is one of the most successful American coaches in European basketball, and is currently the head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Russian national basketball team.
Blatt, a point guard, played college basketball at Princeton University from 1977 to 1981, under coach Pete Carril with the Princeton Tigers. He also participated in the Maccabiah Games as part of the USA national team that won a gold medal in 1981.
After competing in the Maccabiah Games, Blatt decided to abandon his American career and began to play basketball in Israel's Super League.
After retiring from basketball as a player, Blatt became assistant manager for Hapoel Galil Elyon, coaching them for the 1993–94 season. In the middle of the season, the head coach was sacked and he took his place. Next, he became Pini Gershon's assistant in the 1994–95 season. In the following year, he won the title of Israeli "Coach of the Year" (1996) and in 1997, he continued coaching at Hapoel Galil Elyon, whilst also becoming the assistant coach of the Israeli
John O'Dell Morgan (c. 1902 – March 3, 1962) was an American football player and coach of football, basketball and baseball. He served as the head football coach at Texas Tech University from 1941 to 1950, compiling a record of 55–49–3. Morgan was also the head basketball coach at Texas Tech from 1931 to 1934, tallying a mark of 42–29. In addition, he was the head baseball coach at Auburn University from 1934 to 1939 and at Rice University from 1953 to 1961, amassing a career college baseball coaching record of 146–143–2.
Morgan was the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball from 1931 to 1934. During the same time, Morgan also served as an assistant coach to the football team. His record during that time was 42–29. Morgan was later the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team from 1941 to 1950. During his tenure, he compiled a 55–49–3 record. In four of his last five seasons, he posted a winning record. His best season came in 1941, when his team went 9–2.
Morgan was killed in car accident near Bay City, Texas on March 3, 1962.
Duško "Dule" Vujošević (Serbian Cyrillic: Душко Вујошевић - Дуле; born 3 March 1959 in Titograd, SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Montenegrin basketball coach of Partizan Belgrade. On 30 September, 2011 he became the president of SD Partizan. During coaching career, his greatest results were achieved with Partizan Belgrade.
Born in Titograd, to Orthodox Christian parents of Kuči clan ancestry, Duško was only five years old when the family moved to Belgrade.
Vujošević began his coaching career as a 17-year old, in 1976. Until 1982 he coached various junior teams in Partizan. After that, he moved to OKK Beograd for one season and led the club's junior team to the Yugoslav title. The same year, he worked on the coaching staff of OKK Beograd's full squad.
After completing the mandatory military service, he worked at KK Mladost Zemun for a year and then returned to Partizan on the eve of the 1985–86 season, to become assistant coach. He shortly took over the head coach job mid-season following the firing of head coach. Under Vujošević's guidance, Partizan and won the Yugoslav title that very season. In the 1987–88 season, he took Partizan to the European Champions Cup Final Four in
Luigi "Geno" Auriemma (born March 23, 1954 in Montella, Italy) is an American college basketball coach and the head coach of the University of Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team, which he has led to seven NCAA Division I national championships (in 1995, 2000, 2002–2004, 2009 and 2010). He has won six national Naismith College Coach of the Year awards. Auriemma is also the head coach of the 2009-12 United States women's national team. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he led the national team to the gold medal with a perfect 8-0 record.
He emigrated with his family to Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. when he was seven years old,. and spent the rest of his childhood there. After graduating from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1977, Auriemma was hired as an assistant coach at Saint Joseph's University, where he worked in 1978 and 1979. He then took a two-year absence from college basketball, serving as an assistant coach at his former high school, Bishop Kenrick, before assuming an assistant coaching position with the University of Virginia Cavaliers in 1981. Auriemma became a naturalized United States citizen in 1994, noting in his autobiography that he finally decided
Hubert Jude "Hubie" Brown (born September 25, 1933 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA) is a retired American basketball coach and a current television analyst. Brown is a two-time NBA Coach of the Year, the honors being separated by 26 years. Brown was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.
Born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Brown moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey at the age of 3 and was raised there, graduating from St. Mary of the Assumption High School in 1951.
Hubie Brown played college basketball at Niagara University, graduating in 1955 with a degree in education. After leaving Niagara, Brown joined the U.S. Army where he joined the Army's basketball team. After being honorably discharged in 1958, Brown briefly played for the Rochester Colonels of the Eastern Professional Basketball League (the forerunner to the Continental Basketball Association) before they folded after just eight games. He averaged 13.8 points per game in his brief stint as a pro and was an excellent defender as a player.
While at Niagara, Brown was a teammate (and roommate) of former Utah Jazz coach Frank Layden.
Brown's defensive mentality would carry on into his coaching career, which began in 1955 at
Kyle Robert Macy (born April 9, 1957, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States) is an American basketball broadcaster, currently the color commentator for University of Kentucky telecasts. Macy, raised in Peru, Indiana, played college basketball at Purdue University and the University of Kentucky, and spent seven years in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers. He is now the tennis coach at Lexington Christian Academy.
The 1975 Indiana "Mr. Basketball" Award winner from Peru High School attended Purdue University, where he played under head coach, Fred Schaus. Macy averaged 13.8 points a game as a freshman, while leading the Boilermakers in free throws, shooting .859 percent from the line on the season. He started in 25 of 27 games, helping them to a 16–11 season record.
After playing his freshman year at Purdue, Macy transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1976. After sitting out the 1976–77 season as mandated by NCAA rules, he started playing at Kentucky in 1977. Macy had a very successful college career, as a three-time All-America and three-time All-SEC player. The 1978 team on which Macy was a starter won the 1978 NCAA National Championship. In his
Matt Brady is an American college basketball coach and the current men's basketball coach at James Madison University. He was introduced at a press conference on March 26, 2008. Brady was formerly the head coach at Marist College, departing with a 73–50 record in four years. He took the Red Foxes to a MAAC regular-season championship in 2007. Marist then advanced to the NIT, where it defeated Oklahoma State in the first round. The NIT victory was the first ever postseason victory for Marist. At Madison, Brady took over a program that hadn't had a winning record since going 20–9 in the 1999–2000 season under Sherman Dillard. However, Dillard had little success in ensuing seasons and, like his successor, Dean Keener, resigned under pressure. Brady inherited an experienced core of upperclassmen from Keener and, with a skilled group of freshmen, engineered a respectable inaugural campaign, leading the Dukes to an 18–13 regular season record. Thanks to the addition of a new postseason invitational—the CollegeInsider.com Tournament—Madison achieved its first 20-win season since 1994, when Hall of Fame coach Lefty Driesell led the program to the NCAA Tournament. The record dipped
Patrick "Pat" Knight (born September 21, 1970) is an American college basketball coach for Lamar University. He became the coach of the Lamar Cardinals basketball team on April 5, 2011. He was previously the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders men's basketball team until March 7, 2011. Prior to that, he served in other coaching, administrative and scouting capacities with United States Basketball League, International Basketball Association, NCAA, NBA, and CBA teams. Knight is the son of Basketball Hall of Fame member Bob Knight, and replaced his father as Texas Tech's 13th head coach on February 4, 2008.
Knight played basketball at Bloomington High School North and then went on to play college basketball for the Indiana University Hoosiers from 1991 to 1995 under his father, lettering during four seasons. From 1991-93, the Hoosiers posted 87 victories, the most by any Big Ten team in a three-year span, breaking the mark of 86 set by Bob Knight's Indiana teams of 1974-76. Teams from these three seasons spent all but two of the 53 poll weeks in the top 10, and 38 of them in the top 5. During the 1991-92 season they reached the Final Four. During the 1992-93 season, the 31-4
Paul Harrington Hewitt (born May 4, 1963) is an American college basketball coach at George Mason University and most notably the former head coach at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He grew up in Westbury, New York.
After playing at St. John Fisher College, Hewitt coached the Siena College men's college basketball team for three years, from 1998 to 2000. He led Siena to their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title game appearance, and coached Siena into the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship tournament.
Hewitt was head coach of the Georgia Tech men's college basketball team from 2000 to 2011. During the 2004 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, he led them to the championship game against Connecticut. In 2005 he signed a contract extension that automatically rolls over every April, giving him a new six-year contract. On March 12, 2011, he was fired from his head coaching position at Georgia Tech with a $7.2 million buyout.
Hewitt served as the coach of the U.S. Under-19 squad at the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. The team came in 5th place.
On April 30, 2011, Hewitt was named head men's basketball coach at George Mason University
Daniel Ralph Glaze (March 13, 1882 – October 31, 1968) was an American athlete and coach who played as a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, and later became a football and baseball coach and administrator at several colleges.
Glaze was born in Denver, Colorado, and was recruited by Dartmouth College after displaying his skill in two sports. He played football at the University of Colorado in the 1901 season under coach Fred Folsom, a Dartmouth alumnus who became that school's coach in 1903. Glaze enrolled at Dartmouth in 1902, being followed there by his younger brother, John. Under Folsom, he played a notable role in the school's first-ever football victory over Harvard in 1903, a game in which Harvard dedicated its new stadium. In 1905, Glaze was named an All-American as an end by Walter Camp, even though at 5'8" and 153 pounds he was the smallest player on Dartmouth's team that year. Glaze also played baseball at Dartmouth, and pitched a no-hitter against Columbia.
During summers, Glaze played semi-pro ball in Colorado, using an assumed name to protect his college eligibility. In 1905 he met an opposing catcher named John Tortes, a Native American, and encouraged him
Tim O'Shea (born January 13, 1962 in Woodbury, New Jersey) is an American college basketball coach. He is the current head coach of the men's basketball team at Bryant University. He was previously the head coach at Ohio University.
O'Shea earned All-America accolades while playing at Wayland High School in Wayland, Massachusetts. He played college basketball at Boston College from 1980-84 under Gary Williams. During his time at BC, O'Shea and the Eagles won two Big East regular-season titles and earned four postseason tournament berths during his career, with BC advancing twice to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen and once to the Elite Eight.
O'Shea earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in English from Boston College in 1984, then added a master's degree in counseling/psychology from BC two years later.
Upon graduation from Boston College, O'Shea became a graduate assistant at Rhode Island for the 1984-85 season before returning to The Heights as a grad assistant at BC from 1985-86. After a two-year stint as an assistant at Yale, O'Shea returned to URI, joining Al Skinner's staff, where he stayed for nine seasons. While on the Rams staff, O'Shea was a part of
Bobby Cremins (born July 4, 1947) is a retired American college basketball coach, having formerly served as a head coach at Appalachian State, Georgia Tech, and, most recently, the College of Charleston.
Cremins attended the All Hallows High School in the Bronx, New York, where he was born to Irish immigrants. In 1966, he entered the University of South Carolina on a basketball scholarship, where he played under coach Frank McGuire. While Cremins was there, the South Carolina team won 61 games, with 17 losses, while Cremins was the starting point guard for three years for the Gamecocks. Cremins, known as "Cakes", was also the captain of South Carolina's 1969–70 team which went 25–3. He graduated from South Carolina in 1970 with a B.S. degree in marketing, before playing professional basketball for one year in Ecuador.
Cremins started his coaching career at in 1971 as an assistant coach at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He next returned to South Carolina to become McGuire's assistant coach and to earn a M.S. degree in guidance and counseling in 1972.
At age 27, Cremins became one of the youngest NCAA Division I head coaches in history when he took charge of the
Adolph "Dolph" Schayes (born May 19, 1928) is a retired American professional basketball player and coach in the NBA. A top scorer and rebounder, he was a member of the 1955 NBA champion Syracuse Nationals and a 12-time All-Star.
Schayes played his entire Hall of Fame career with the Nationals and their successor, the Philadelphia 76ers, from 1948 to 1964. In his 16-year career, he led the team into the post-season 15 times.
Schayes was born in New York, New York, the son of Carl (truck driver for Consolidated Laundries) and Tina (homemaker), Romanian Jewish immigrants. and both his parents were Romanian Jewish immigrants. “Dolph” grew up on Davidson Avenue and 183rd Street, off Fordham.
He is the father of retired NBA center Danny Schayes, and played in the NBA for 18 seasons. He is the grandfather of Abi, Carla and Rachel Goettsch, who won silver medals for the U.S. volleyball team at the 2001 Maccabiah Games, and Mickey Ferri, who won a gold medal in the 4x100 relay at the 2005 Maccabiah Games. He settled in Syracuse in 1948, where he first played in the NBA, and still makes his home there, where he is a real estate developer.
He attended Creston Junior High School 79 and DeWitt
Fred Bennion (September 29, 1884 – January 1960) was a college football coach at Montana State, and Utah. From 1910 to 1913, he coached at Utah, where he compiled a 16–8–3 record. From 1914 to 1917, he coached at Montana State, where he compiled an 11–11–5 record. As a head coach, his overall record stands at 27–15–8. In 1911 and 1912, he went 5–1–1 in each of those two seasons.
Felton Jeff Capel III (born February 12, 1975) is an American former college basketball player at Duke University and was a head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Oklahoma. He is currently an assistant coach for his alma mater, Duke.
Capel is from a basketball family. His father is basketball coach Jeff Capel II, former assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats and former head coach at Old Dominion University, and his younger brother Jason played basketball at Duke's biggest rival, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently head basketball coach at Appalachian State University. . As a senior at South View High School in Hope Mills, North Carolina, Jeff led his team to the 1993 state championship defeating Charlotte powerhouse South Mecklenburg 73–72 with a last second lay-up. He also set school career records in points (2,066), rebounds (668), and assists (663).
While at Duke University (1993–1997), he earned a starting position as a freshman and was a starting guard on the basketball team for four years. On February 2, 1995 in the regular season game played at home against UNC, with Duke trailing 95–92 at the end of the first
Joshua C. Cody (June 11, 1892 – June 17, 1961) was an American college athlete, head coach and athletics director. Cody was a native of Tennessee and an alumnus of Vanderbilt University, where he was a three-time All-American college football player. After graduation from Vanderbilt, Cody coached college football, basketball and baseball and served as the athletics director at various universities, including Clemson University, Vanderbilt, the University of Florida and Temple University.
Josh Cody was born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee, where he attended Battle Ground Academy.
In 1914, at the age of 22, he enrolled at Vanderbilt University and played football for legendary coach Dan McGugin. At 6 foot, 4 inches, and 225 pounds, Cody played offensive and defensive tackle, but was versatile enough to play quarterback, running back and place-kicker at times. He was known as a sure tackler and fierce blocker who helped the Commodores score 1,099 points in thirty-five games (31.4 points per game). Vanderbilt was 23–9–1 in his four seasons, including 21–3–3 in his final three years. He was also a member of the basketball, baseball and track and field teams at Vanderbilt, earning
Nolan Richardson (born December 27, 1941) is an American basketball head coach, who was elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. He has coached teams to winning a Division I Basketball National Championship, an NIT championship, and a Junior College National Championship. Richardson is the only coach to win all three championships. He previously coached college basketball at the University of Tulsa and the University of Arkansas where he led the Razorbacks to the NCAA title in 1994. Richardson coached the Arkansas team to a second-place finish in the NCAA Tournament in 1995. Nolan Richardson's teams during his 22 seasons of coaching in NCAA Division I, made a post season tournament appearance 20 times (16 NCAA, 4 NIT).
On October 20, 2009, Richardson was named head coach of Women's National Basketball Association's Tulsa Shock, formerly known as the Detroit Shock, a position he held until July 8, 2011. Most recently he coached the Mexican National Team.
Richardson was born in El Segundo Barrio in El Paso, Texas, United States to Nolan Richardson Sr. and Clareast Richardson. Clareast died from a mysterious disease in 1944, leaving behind three children:
Norman Augustus Black (born November 12, 1957 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the CBA, NBA, and PBA. He has since settled in the Philippines. He is also a former head coach of the San Miguel Beermen, Mobiline Phone Pals, Pop Cola 800s, and Sta. Lucia Realtors. He has also coached the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP. In 2012, he agreed to become the head coach for the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters once the UAAP season ended.
Black played high school basketball for the Cardinal Gibbons School in Baltimore where he graduated in 1975. He then played for Saint Joseph's College in Pennsylvania from 1975–1979, averaging 17 points per game in his playing career. Black later played in Continental Basketball Association from 1978-1982 for the Lancaster Red Roses and the Philadelphia Kings. He also played for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association, but played only three games in the 1980-81 season, averaging 2.7 points per game.
In 1981, Black was playing in the Detroit Pistons' summer basketball league when he was offered a job on the other side of the world. "Jimmy Mariano, who was coach of Great Taste at the
Patrick James "Pat" Riley (born March 20, 1945) is an American professional basketball executive, and a former coach and player in the NBA. Currently, he is team president of the Miami Heat. Widely regarded as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time, Riley has served as the head coach of five championship teams and an assistant coach to another. He was named NBA Coach of the Year three times (1989–90, 1992–93 and 1996–97, as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Heat, respectively). He was head coach of the NBA All-Star Game teams nine times: eight of the Western team (1982, 1983, 1985–1990, all as head coach of the Lakers) and once of the Eastern team (1993, as head coach of the Knicks). In 1996 he was named one of the 10 Greatest Coaches in the NBA history. As a player, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers' championship team in 1972.
Riley most recently won the 2012 NBA Championship with the Miami Heat as their team president. He received the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award from the NBA Coaches Association on June 20, 2012.
Riley was born in Rome, New York, and raised in Schenectady. His father, Leon Riley, played twenty-two seasons of minor league
Arnold Jacob "Red" Auerbach (September 20, 1917 – October 28, 2006) was an American basketball coach of the Washington Capitols, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Boston Celtics. After he retired from coaching, he served as president and front office executive of the Celtics until his death. As a coach, he won 938 games (a record at his retirement) and nine National Basketball Association (NBA) championships (surpassed only by Phil Jackson). As general manager and team president of the Celtics, he won an additional seven NBA titles, for a grand total of 16 in a span of 29 years, making him one of the most successful team officials in the history of North American professional sports.
Auerbach is remembered as a pioneer of modern basketball, redefining basketball as a game dominated by team play and defense and for introducing the fast break as a potent offensive weapon. He groomed many players who went on to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Additionally, Auerbach was vital in breaking down color barriers in the NBA. He made history by drafting the first African-American NBA player, Chuck Cooper in 1950, and introduced the first African-American starting five in 1964.
Donald Arvid "Don" Nelson (born May 15, 1940) is a former NBA player and head coach. He coached the Milwaukee Bucks, the New York Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Golden State Warriors.
An innovator, Nelson is credited with, among other things, inventing the concept of the point forward, a tactic which is frequently employed by teams at every level today. His unique brand of basketball is often referred to as Nellie Ball. He was named one of the Top 10 coaches in NBA history. On April 7, 2010, he passed Lenny Wilkens for first place on the all-time NBA wins list with 1,333 wins. His all-time record is 1,335–1,063 (.557).
After a very successful high school career at Rock Island High School, Nelson played for the University of Iowa as a two-time All-American averaging 21.1 points and 10.5 rebounds a game. He was drafted 19th overall by the Chicago Zephyrs of the NBA. He played for the Zephyrs one season, and was acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1963. After two years with the Lakers, he was signed by the Boston Celtics.
In his first season with Boston, Nelson averaged 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds, helping the Celtics to the 1966 NBA title as one of their role players. Four
Eugene McGuigan, C.S.Sp. was the first athletic director of Duquesne University, serving in that capacity from 1920 until 1923. Known on campus as "Father Mac," McGuigan also coached baseball, football, and basketball.
Father McGuigan was the men's basketball coach from 1915–20, and again from 1922-23. During his overall tenure as coach, the Dukes garnered 66 wins and 35 losses, a .653 win percentage. Aiming to avoid the association of the name of a Holy Ghost father with the perceived rowdiness of the game of basketball, Father McGuigan was dubbed "Coach Gene Martin" in newspaper reports.
Maurice Edward "Mo" Cheeks (born September 8, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball player and assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association from May 23, 2005 to December 13, 2008. Prior to that, he was head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers from the start of the 2001–02 season until March 2, 2005.
Cheeks was born in Chicago, grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes, and attended DuSable High School. He attended West Texas State University from 1974 to 1978. Cheeks was an all-Missouri Valley Conference player for three straight seasons, as he averaged 16.8 points per game and shot nearly 57% for his collegiate career. He is currently the third leading scorer in WTSU/WTAM history.
After college, Cheeks was selected as the 36th pick in the second round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Cheeks played 15 years as a point guard in the NBA, including 11 with the Philadelphia 76ers, He earned four trips to the NBA All-Star Game, and he helped the 76ers earn three trips to the NBA Finals in a four-year span in the early 1980s (1980, 1982, and 1983), including one NBA
Charles Jerome "Chuck" Daly (July 20, 1930 – May 9, 2009) was an American basketball head coach. He led the Detroit Pistons to consecutive National Basketball Association (NBA) Championships in 1989 and 1990, and the Dream Team to the men's basketball gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. He had a 14-year NBA coaching career.
Born in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, to Earl and Geraldine Daly on July 20, 1930, Daly attended Kane Area High School in nearby Kane. He matriculated at St. Bonaventure University for one year before transferring to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1952. After serving two years in the military, he began his basketball coaching career in 1955 at Punxsutawney (PA) High School.
After compiling a 111–70 record in eight seasons at Punxsutawney (PA) High School, Daly moved on to the college level in 1963 as an assistant coach under Vic Bubas at Duke University. During his six seasons at Duke, the Blue Devils won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and advanced to the Final Four, both in 1964 and 1966. Daly then replaced Bob Cousy as head coach at Boston College in 1969. The Eagles recorded an 11–13 record in Daly's first year at the
Eric Reveno (March 12, 1966(1966-03-12)) is an American college basketball coach and the head men's basketball coach at the University of Portland. He was named the West Coast Conference coach of the year for the 2008–09 season after a third place finish in conference.
Prior to Portland, Reveno was an assistant coach at Stanford University, where he played collegiately as a starting center. After graduating, Reveno played professionally in Japan from 1989 to 1993.
Peter Francis Newell (August 31, 1915 – November 17, 2008) was an American college men's basketball coach and basketball instructional coach. He coached for 15 years at the University of San Francisco, Michigan State University and the University of California, Berkeley, compiling an overall record of 234 wins and 123 losses. He led the University of California to the 1959 NCAA men's basketball championship, and a year later coached the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 1960 Summer Olympics, a team that would be inducted as a unit to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. After his coaching career ended he ran a world-famous instructional basketball camp and served as a consultant and scout for several National Basketball Association (NBA) teams. He is often considered to be one of the most influential figures in the history of basketball.
He was born in Vancouver and grew up in Los Angeles. Encouraged by his mother, he had small roles in several movies before he turned ten. Newell attended both high school and college in Los Angeles, California, and was a classmate of Phil Woolpert at Loyola Marymount University (then called Loyola University). He played on the
Byron Antom Scott (born March 28, 1961) is a retired American National Basketball Association player and current head coach of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. He was formerly the head coach of the NBA's New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets. He attended Arizona State University, but left school in his junior year to sign with the then San Diego Clippers. He was an important component of the Los Angeles Lakers championship teams of the mid-to-late 1980s. Scott grew up in Inglewood, California and played at Morningside High School, in the shadow of what was then the Lakers' home arena, The Forum.
Selected by the San Diego Clippers with the 4th pick of the 1983 NBA Draft, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1983 in exchange for Norm Nixon. During his playing career, Scott suited up for the Lakers, Indiana Pacers and Vancouver Grizzlies. Scott was a key player for the Lakers during the Showtime era, being a starter alongside Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He played for the Lakers for 10 consecutive seasons (1983–1993). During that time he was on three NBA championship teams (1985, 1987, 1988). As a rookie, he was a member of the 1984 all-rookie team,
Charlaine Vivian Stringer (born March 16, 1948) is a prominent African American basketball coach, with one of the best records in the history of women's basketball. She is currently the head coach of the Rutgers University women's basketball team.
Stringer holds the distinction of being the first coach in NCAA history to lead three different women's programs to the NCAA Final Four: Rutgers in 2000 and 2007, the University of Iowa in 1993, and Cheyney State College (now Cheyney University of Pennsylvania) in 1982. She is the third winningest coach in women's basketball history, behind only Tennessee's Pat Summitt and former University of Texas coach Jody Conradt. She was honored as the Naismith College Coach of the Year for women's basketball in 1993, and is a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. She was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in April 2009, and was inducted in September of that year.
Stringer is a native of Edenborn, Pennsylvania, and a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame at her alma mater. One of her first great accomplishments was in high school when she sued her school for not allowing her to be a cheerleader because of her race. She won the case and was
John Burton Rix (March 24, 1882 – August 8, 1964) was an American football and basketball player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Southwestern University (1915–1916), Southern Methodist University (1917–1921), the University of Miami (1929). Rix was also the head basketball coach at the University of Texas at Austin (1911–1912) and at Southern Methodist (1917–1921), tallying a career college basketball mark of 29–37.
Rix was born on March 24, 1882 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Dartmouth College, where he played on the football team as a halfback in 1905, and served as the basketball team captain for the 1903–04 and 1904–05 seasons. Rix graduated from Dartmouth with an A.B. degree in 1906. He was a member of the Pi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and the Casque and Gauntlet. In 1910, he was teaching as an English instructor at Austin College.
In 1912, Rix became the head basketball coach at Texas, replacing W. E. Metzenthin, who had moved into the position of athletic director. Rix served in that capacity for one season and without pay. According to the student yearbook, the Cactus, he "took hold of the squad when it found itself without a leader
Roy Allen Williams (born August 1, 1950) is an American basketball coach, currently the head coach of the men's basketball team at the University of North Carolina. After averaging nearly an 80% win percentage in 15 seasons at the University of Kansas, he became the eighteenth head coach at North Carolina when he replaced Matt Doherty in 2003. He is second all-time for most wins at Kansas behind Phog Allen and at North Carolina behind his mentor Dean Smith. Additionally, he is sixth all-time in the NCAA for winning percentage. Williams has taken his teams to seven Final Fours in his careers at Kansas and North Carolina (fourth all-time in NCAA history) and is the only coach in NCAA history to have led two different programs to at least three Final Fours each. From 1990 to 2009, Williams led his teams at Kansas and North Carolina to 20 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (second all-time) and earned at least one victory in each appearance, achieving the all-time record for most consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances with a win. These streaks both ended in the 2009–10 season as UNC failed to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament. He earned his 400th win in January 2003, when
Bogdan Tanjević (Serbian: Богдан Тањевић) (born 13 February 1947 in Pljevlja, Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia) is an ex-Yugoslav, naturalized Italian, Bosnian, and Turkish professional basketball coach, who last coached the Turkish national basketball team, between 2004-10, and Fenerbahçe Ülker, between 2007-10. He is currently the technical coordinator of male national basketball teams of Turkey.
Michael Andrew "Mike" D'Antoni (born May 8, 1951 in Mullens, West Virginia) is an American former basketball player and head coach. While head coach of the NBA's Phoenix Suns, he won NBA Coach of the Year honors for the 2004–05 NBA season after the Suns posted 33 more wins than the previous season. D'Antoni, who holds American and Italian dual citizenship, is known for his expertise in facilitating a fast-paced offense-oriented system.
After a college career at Marshall University, D'Antoni was drafted by the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in the 2nd round of the 1973 NBA Draft. He was all-NBA Rookie Second Team choice for 1974. After 3 seasons for the Kings (1973–1976), he played for the Spirits of St. Louis of the American Basketball Association in 1976, and for the San Antonio Spurs (again in the NBA) in 1977. His Spurs career lasted just two games before he found an opportunity to play successfully overseas.
D'Antoni was then called by the Italian team of Olimpia Milano, starting a career which saw him become the club's all-time leading scorer. He was voted the league's top point guard of all time in 1990 and he paced his team to five Italian League titles, two Euroleague titles, two
Herbert Alden Pasche (July 19, 1910 – May 9, 1986) was the first head coach of the Houston Cougars men's basketball team from 1946 to 1956. Pasche also served of as an assistant coach for the Houston Cougars football program as a line coach from 1946 to 1947. While at the university, Pasche served as an associate professor of health and physical education. Pasche was a 1932 graduate of Rice University where he played football as an end for the Rice Owls.
During Pasche's tenure, he posted a 135-116 record. Under his leadership in 1949, the Cougars won the Gulf Coast Conference championship. College Basketball Hall of famer coach Guy V. Lewis played for Pasche, and eventually became an assistant coach before being handed the job upon Alden Pasche's retirement.
Craig Malcolm Robinson (born April 21, 1962) is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at Oregon State University. He was previously the head coach at Brown University. He was a star forward as a player at Princeton University in the early 1980s and a bond trader during the 1990s.
He is the older brother of U.S. First Lady Michelle Robinson Obama, and the brother-in-law of U.S. President Barack Obama.
Craig Robinson was born on April 21, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois, to Fraser Robinson, a city water plant employee and Democratic precinct captain, and Marian Robinson (née Shields), a secretary at Spiegel's catalog store. He grew up in the South Shore community area of Chicago, with his sister Michelle, who was 21 months younger. He learned to read by the age of four at home, and skipped the second grade in school. He attended the parochial Mount Carmel High School, graduating in 1979.
When he was considering what college to go to, his father insisted that he attend Princeton University for its superior academic reputation, rather than either the University of Washington or Purdue University, which offered scholarships and major conference
Dale Duward Brown (born October 31, 1935) is an American former college basketball coach who spent 25 years leading the LSU Tigers. His team earned Final Four appearances in 1981 and 1986. He is also remembered as one of the most vocal critics of the NCAA because he said it legislated against human dignity.
Brown was born in Minot, North Dakota. He was a star football, basketball, and track performer at St. Leo's High School in Minot, graduating in 1953. During his senior season, he posted the highest scoring average in state basketball history and also set a school record in the quarter mile.
Brown then went to Minot State Teacher's College, where he was a star athlete, earning 12 varsity letters in football, basketball, and track; the only person to accomplish this in these three sports.
Brown graduated from Minot State in 1957 and received a masters degree at the University of Oregon in 1964.
1957–59 : Head Coach Basketball, Wrestling, and Track - Columbus H.S. - Columbus, ND
1959–64 : Head Basketball Coach - Bishop Ryan High School - Minot, ND
1961 - Called back to military service due to Berlin Crisis, Head Coach Basketball and Track - Fort Riley, KS (received an honorable
Dean Edwards Smith (born February 28, 1931) is a retired American head coach of men's college basketball. Originally from Emporia, Kansas, Smith has been called a “coaching legend” by the Basketball Hall of Fame. Smith is best known for his successful 36-year coaching tenure at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Smith coached from 1961 to 1997 and retired with 879 victories, which was the NCAA Division I men's basketball record at that time. Smith has the 9th highest winning percentage of any men’s college basketball coach (77.6%). During his tenure as head coach of North Carolina, the team won two national titles and appeared in 11 Final Fours.
Smith is also known for running a clean program and having a high graduation rate for his players, with 96.6% of his athletes receiving their degrees. While at North Carolina, Smith helped promote desegregation by recruiting the University’s first African American scholarship basketball player, Charlie Scott, and pushing for equal treatment for African Americans by local businesses. Smith coached and worked with numerous individuals at North Carolina who went on to achieve notable success in basketball, as either players or
Lyle H. Smith (born March 17, 1916) is a former American football and basketball player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Boise Junior College—now Boise State University—from 1947 to 1967 (except for military duty), compiling a record of 156–26–6. Smith was also the head basketball coach at BJC for one season in 1946–47, tallying a mark of 24–9, and the school athletic director from 1968 to 1981. Boise was a junior college program during Smith's coaching career; it moved up to four-year status in the NAIA in 1968, NCAA Division II in 1970, Division I-AA in 1978, and Division I-A in 1996.
Born in Steptoe, Washington, to Burrel F. and Addie (Humphrey) Smith, Smith was raised in Moscow, Idaho, and graduated from Moscow High School in 1934, after leading the Bears to consecutive state titles in basketball. He initially attended the University of Idaho's Southern Branch in Pocatello—now Idaho State University—and then returned to his hometown to attend the University of Idaho, where he was a two-sport athlete for the Vandals, a center on the football team under head coach Ted Bank, and a guard on the basketball team, coached by Forrest
Randy Scott Wittman (born October 28, 1959) is the current head coach for the National Basketball Association's Washington Wizards. He is also a retired American basketball player at the guard position and former coach of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves.
6'6" Wittman played college basketball from 1979–1983 for Bob Knight and the Indiana University Hoosiers. The 1979-80 Hoosiers, led by Isiah Thomas, won the Big Ten championship and advanced to the 1980 Sweet Sixteen. The following season, in 1980-81, the Hoosiers once again won a conference title and won the 1981 NCAA tournament, the school's fourth national title. In 1982–1983, with the leadership of Wittman, the No. 1 ranked Hoosiers were favorites to win another national championship. However with an injury to star player Ted Kitchel mid-season, the Hoosiers' prospects were grim. Knight asked for fan support to rally around the team and, despite long odds, the team ultimately won the Big Ten title. Nevertheless in the tournament Kitchel's absence was felt and the team lost to Kentucky in the 1983 Sweet Sixteen. Wittman was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and a consensus second team All-American in
Tom Izzo (/ˈɪzoʊ/, Italian pronunciation: [ˈittso]; born January 30, 1955) is an American college basketball coach. Since 1995, he has been the head coach for the Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team, presiding over a prolonged period of success.
Under Izzo, the Michigan State program has been one of the most successful in the country. Izzo has led the Spartans to the 2000 NCAA Division I National Championship, the 2009 NCAA Division I National Championship Game, six Final Fours, and seven Big Ten Championships in his first 17 years at Michigan State. The coach with the most wins in school history, Izzo's teams have been invited to the past 15 consecutive NCAA tournaments, in addition to setting the Big Ten record for the longest home winning streak. These accomplishments led analyst Andy Katz at ESPN to deem Michigan State the top college basketball program for the decade from 1998 to 2007.
Currently the longest tenured coach in the Big Ten Conference, Izzo, whose teams are often recognized for their rebounding prowess and defensive tenacity, has won four national coach of the year awards and maintains a considerable coaching tree—several of his former assistants are
Tom Penders (born May 23, 1945) is a retired college basketball head coach, who last coached from 2004 through 2010 at the University of Houston. He is from Stratford, Connecticut and has a 648-438 career record. As a college athlete, Penders played both basketball and baseball for the University of Connecticut, and is one of the few players to have competed in both the NCAA Tournament as well as the College World Series.
Prior to his last job as Houston's head coach, Penders was a sports analyst for ESPN and Westwood One Radio. He also has been the head coach for Tufts, Columbia, Fordham, Rhode Island, Texas, and George Washington.
Penders posted a 59-10 record as a high school coach at Bullard-Havens Tech and Bridgeport Central High School in Connecticut. He led Bullard-Havens to a 14-6 record in his first season as a head coach. The next year he guided Bridgeport Central to a 23-2 record and a number two ranking in the state. The following year, he was named the New York Daily News Coach of the Year after leading Bridgeport to a 20-1 mark and Number one ranking.
Penders began his collegiate coaching career at Tufts University in 1971, and compiled a 54-18 record in three
James William "Bill" Cartwright (born July 30, 1957) is a retired American NBA basketball player and a former head coach with the Chicago Bulls. A 7'1" (2.16 m) center, he played 16 seasons for the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Seattle SuperSonics, helping the Bulls capture consecutive championships in 1991, 1992 and 1993. He attended Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove, California, and played college basketball at the University of San Francisco.
As a prep star, Cartwright was just as highly regarded as fellow preps Darryl Dawkins and Bill Willoughby.
Cartwright played his college ball at the San Francisco, and was a consensus second team all-American in 1977 and 1979. He graduated as the all-time leading scorer for the Dons, averaging 19.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Cartwright led San Francisco to three trips to the NCAA tournament, to the first round in the 1977 and to the Sweet Sixteen in both 1978 and 1979.
Cartwright was the third overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft selected by the New York Knicks. As a member of the Knicks, he made his only All-Star Game appearance in his rookie year of 1979-80. Cartwright averaged more than 20 points per game in his first two
Frederick Lee "Ted" Petoskey (January 5, 1911 – November 30, 1996) was a three-sport athlete at the University of Michigan, a Major League Baseball player, a collegiate coach in three sports and an athletic director.
At the University of Michigan, Petoskey received eight varsity letters in three sports. In American football, he was a two-time All-American end for the undefeated Michigan Wolverines football teams that won back-to-back college football National Championships in 1932 and 1933. He was also a guard and captain of Michigan's basketball team in the 1933–34 season. As a baseball player in 1934, Petoskey led the Big Ten Conference with a .452 batting average.
Petoskey played parts of the 1934 and 1935 Major League Baseball seasons as an outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds and played minor league baseball until 1944. Petoskey also served in a variety of collegiate coaching positions, including head coach of the University of South Carolina's basketball team (1935–1940), athletic director and football coach at Wofford College, and head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina (1940–42, 1948–56).
Petoskey was raised in St. Charles, Michigan and attended nearby Saginaw
Bruce Brett Weber (born October 19, 1956) is an American college basketball coach who is currently the head coach at Kansas State University. Weber is the former head coach of the University of Illinois men's basketball team. Weber led the program to two outright Big Ten Conference championships and six trips to the NCAA Tournament, including an appearance in the championship game of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.
Weber began his coaching career with a brief stint as an assistant coach at Western Kentucky University during the 1979-80 season under head coach Gene Keady. In 1980 Weber moved to Purdue University along with Keady. He remained an assistant coach at Purdue for 18 seasons before becoming the head coach at Southern Illinois University in 1998. In his five seasons at Southern Illinois Weber led the Salukis to consecutive Missouri Valley Conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances, including an NCAA Sweet Sixteen finish in 2002.
On April 30, 2003, after a nation-wide search, Illinois Athletic Director Ron Guenther selected Bruce Weber to fill the men's basketball head coach position at the University of Illinois.
The Illini played a tough early season game against
Gordon Herbert (born February 16, 1959 in Penticton, British Columbia) is a retired basketball player and former Tapiolan Honka head coach. Since April 2010 he is again head coach of Frankfurt Skyliners, which he coached already in 2004.
Herbert attended the University of Idaho and went on with his basketball career in Finland for 12 years. In Finland he played for various teams. His playing career ended in 1994, when he started coaching. Herbert played for Canada at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where the team finished just out of the medals in fourth place, and at the 1986 FIBA World Championship.
Herbert has coached many teams including Frankfurt Skyliners, with which he won the German League in 2006. In the current Basketball Bundesliga season he has led the Skyliners to their 3rd leaguefinals-appearance against top rated Brose Baskets Bamberg after beating other top-rated teams such as Alba Berlin in the play-offs. He also coached French teams as Paris and Pau Orthez with which he won the French Cup in the 2006-2007 season. On July 7, 2007 he officially became head coach of Aris BC. Herbert has also been a Toronto Raptors assistant coach.
Greg McDermott (born November 25, 1964 in Cascade, Iowa) is the current Creighton University Bluejays men's basketball head coach. He left Iowa State University as the head basketball coach in Ames, Iowa. He took the job at Iowa State University as of March 21, 2006. McDermott is a graduate of the United States Sports Academy. At Northern Iowa, McDermott led the Panthers to the NCAA tournament his final three years. His marquee victory at Iowa State came on March 6, 2010, against the #5 Kansas State Wildcats. On April 26, 2010, Greg McDermott left Iowa State to become the head coach at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. The contract with Creighton was a reported ten year deal, worth $10,000,000. In just his second year "On the Hilltop" coach McDermott led Creighton to the 3rd round of the NCAA Tournament, were ranked as high as #12 in the nation, and finished 6th nationally in home attendance.
John Calipari (born February 10, 1959) is an American basketball coach. Since April 2009, he has been the men's head coach at the University of Kentucky. He is also currently acting as head coach of the Dominican Republic national basketball team
Calipari is the former head coach of the University of Memphis Tigers, the University of Massachusetts Minutemen, and the National Basketball Association's New Jersey Nets. He is the only coach to direct three different colleges to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, although two of those appearances (1996 at UMass and 2008 at Memphis) have been officially vacated by the NCAA. Calipari is also one of only two coaches to direct three different schools to a Final Four (1996- UMass, 2008- Memphis, 2011, 2012- Kentucky), with the UMass and Memphis appearances later being vacated by the NCAA. As a result, he is the only head coach to have a Final Four appearance vacated at more than one school, although Calipari himself was not personally implicated by the NCAA in either case. As a college coach, Calipari has 18 20-win seasons (17 official), 8 30-win seasons (7 official), and has been named National Coach of the Year 3 times.
In the 2011–12
Kelvin Sampson (born October 5, 1955) is an assistant coach of the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. He previously was a men's college basketball coach at Montana Tech (1981–85), Washington State University (1987–94), the University of Oklahoma (1994–2006) and Indiana University (2006–08).
Sampson was born in the Lumbee Indian community of Deep Branch in Robeson County, North Carolina, where he excelled in the classroom and the athletic arena during his prep days at Pembroke High School, in Pembroke, North Carolina. Sampson was captain of his high school basketball team for two years, and played for his father John W. "Ned" Sampson. His father was also one of the 500 Lumbee Native Americans who made national news by driving the Ku Klux Klan out of Maxton, North Carolina in what is annually celebrated by the Lumbee as the Battle of Hayes Pond. Later he played at Pembroke State University (now UNC Pembroke), concentrating on basketball and baseball. The point guard was team captain for the Braves as a senior and earned four letters in basketball and three in baseball. He earned Dean's List recognition throughout his collegiate career and was awarded the Gregory
Mike Montgomery (born February 27, 1947) is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach of the California Golden Bears men's basketball team. He was also the men's basketball coach at Stanford from 1986 to 2004 and at the University of Montana for eight seasons prior to coaching at Stanford. He also coached the Golden State Warriors of the NBA from 2004 to 2006.
Montgomery compiled a 547–244 (.692) overall record in 18 years at Stanford (1986–2004) and eight seasons at the University of Montana (1978–1986). He boasts 25 winning seasons in his 26 years as a head coach at both Stanford and Montana. Montgomery's Stanford teams reached the NCAA tournament ten straight times from 1995 to 2004. Stanford reached the Final Four under Montgomery in 1998, the school's first Final Four appearance in 56 years. He made his third appearance along the USA Basketball sidelines in 2002 when he was named an assistant under George Karl for the US national team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.
In 2000, Montgomery was named the Naismith and Basketball Times Coach of the Year. He was also named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year four times. Following his career at Stanford, he was
Randy Peele is a men's basketball coach that was most recently the head men's basketball coach at Winthrop University. He took over the position vacated by Gregg Marshall in 2007. Peele previously held the same position at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Peele graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College in 1980 with a degree in secondary education. In 1983, he began his coaching career when he accepted an assistant's job at Saint Michael's College in Vermont. After two years in Vermont, Peele spent three years as an assistant with the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks, and another three years with the Campbell Fighting Camels.
In 1991, Peele accepted an assistant's job at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After four years with the Spartans, Peele was promoted to replace former head coach Mike Dement, who had left to take over the men's basketball program at SMU.
In Peele's first season, only the second year in which UNC-Greensboro was eligible for Division I postseason competition, the Spartans won the Big South Conference regular season and tournament championships. In the NCAA tournament, UNC-Greensboro were the 15th seed in the Southeast region, and fell in
Rudolph Tomjanovich, Jr. (born November 24, 1948), nicknamed Rudy T., is an American retired basketball player and coach who coached the Houston Rockets to two consecutive NBA championships. He is currently a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Tomjanovich was born in Hamtramck, Michigan to a family of Croatian descent. He attended high school in Hamtramck and later the University of Michigan (from 1967 to 1970)
In college, Tomjanovich set Michigan Wolverines men's basketball career rebounding records that continue to stand. In 1968 he earned second team All-Big Ten honors, which he followed with first-team honors in 1969 and 1970. During 1970 he was also an All-American.
Tomjanovich was selected in the 1970 NBA Draft as the second overall pick by the San Diego Rockets (the franchise relocated to Houston in 1971), for whom he would play the entirety of his NBA career. He was also drafted in both 1970 and 1974 by the Utah Stars of the ABA. In his eleven years in the NBA, Tomjanovich had a scoring average of 17.4 points and a rebounding average of 8.1, earning five All-Star Game selections in the process (1974–1977, 1979). He is the third-leading scorer in Rockets history behind Hall
Sean Miller (born November 17, 1968 in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania) is an American college basketball coach, and currently the head men's basketball coach at the University of Arizona.
The son of John Miller, a Pennsylvania high school basketball coach, Miller was a point guard under his father at Blackhawk High School in Chippewa Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He had developed considerable ballhandling skills before that time and appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson when he was fourteen years old. In his junior year, he led Blackhawk to the 1986 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) title. In his senior year, he averaged 27 points and 11 assists per game and helped lead his Blackhawk Cougars to the 1987 WPIAL championship game. After graduation, he chose to play basketball for Pittsburgh.
Miller played at Pitt from 1987-1992. Despite being a walk on freshman, he was the starting point guard. Some of his more famous teammates at the time include Charles Smith and Jerome Lane. Many of his teammates recall his knowledge of the game and his leadership qualities. His knowledge of the game allowed him to compete at this level, although he did
Velimir Perasović (born February 9, 1965) is a basketball coach and former player from Croatia. Perasović was born in Split, in the former Yugoslavia, and grew up in the nearby Stobreč. He started playing basketball at the age of 14, and was soon recruited by KK Split, then named Jugoplastika, in 1981.
Perasović was member of the Yugoslav junior national basketball team which won the silver medal in the junior European championship in Bulgaria in 1982, and the bronze medal in Sweden in 1984.
His club went on to win three Euroleague Championships, in 1989 and 1990 as "Jugoplastika" and in 1991 as "Pop 84". In 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991 they also won the Yugoslav basketball championship. In 1990 and 1991 they won the Yugoslav basketball cup, and in 1992 the Croatian basketball cup (that time as "Slobodna Dalmacija").
Perasović was part of the Yugoslav team that won the world championship in Argentina in 1990, and the European championship in Italy in 1991. He played for the Croatian national basketball team when they won the silver in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, the European bronze medal in Germany in 1993 and Greece in 1995.
In 1992, Perasović moved to the Spanish club CB Breogán
Arnold Roy Kilpatrick (August 5, 1920 - December 12, 2005) was a Louisiana educator and businessman who was the president of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches from 1966-1978.
Kilpatrick was born in tiny Eros in Jackson Parish. He first attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe (Ouachita Parish), formerly known as Northeast Louisiana Junior College. He later earned his bachelor's degree from Northwestern State. Kilpatrick received his master's degree and Ed.D. from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He served in the U.S. Air Force (then the Army Air Force) during World War II.
In 1946, he launched his educational career as a teacher and coach at Jonesboro-Hodge High School in Jackson Parish. He built a successful basketball program at the school. The team won the Class A state championship in 1951, when it achieved forty-five victories, a school record.
Kilpatrick joined Northeast Louisiana State College in 1951 as a faculty member and assistant football and basketball coach and later head basketball coach and the director of athletics. In his three final seasons at Northeast, his teams had three consecutive winning seasons. Kilpatrick guided the team to its
Blaine Taylor (born January 14, 1958) is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach of the Old Dominion Monarchs men's basketball team. Taylor played as a point guard for the University of Montana from 1979 to 1981. In 1981, he was recognized as the school's most outstanding male athlete and earned the Naseby Rhinehart Award as the Most Inspirational Player. Taylor later became an assistant coach at Montana while a graduate student from 1981 to 1984 and again became an assistant to Stew Morrill from 1986 to 1991. He was promoted to head coach of the Grizzlies in 1991 and led the team to two NCAA tournament appearances through 1998. Taylor became an assistant coach under former Grizzly coach Mike Montgomery at Stanford University from 1998 to 2001. The Cardinal were invited to the NCAA tournament during every year of Taylor's tenure, reaching the Elite 8 in the 2001 tournament.
During his tenure at Old Dominion, Taylor has led the Monarchs to CAA Tournament championships in 2005, 2010, and 2011 and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. The Monarchs lost in their first NCAA tournament game on three of Taylor's trips, but broke through
William Francis "Bo" Ryan, Jr. (born December 20, 1947) is an American college basketball coach and current head coach of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Badgers men's basketball team.
Bo Ryan began playing basketball at a very young age. His father, Butch Ryan, coached basketball to under-privileged children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Butch taught him the skills to be a successful point guard, generally the position of the team leader. With these skills, he became a star basketball player, leading his high school team to a 25–1 record in his senior year. In addition to basketball, Ryan was a high-school quarterback. The center snapping him the ball was Ted Cottrell, who later served as a defensive coach and coordinator for a number of teams in the NFL. Ryan lettered in football, basketball and baseball, and was president of his class. After high school, Ryan starred as a point guard at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Bo's love for the game drove him to remain involved with the sport, choosing to delve into the coaching profession.
Ryan's coaching career began 1972 at Brookhaven Junior High School in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, where for one year he
Howard Burton Shipley (January 17, 1890 – February 22, 1976) was a multi-sport athlete and coach for the Maryland Terrapins at the University of Maryland. He is probably most remembered as the first and long-time head coach of the men's basketball team. He also coached the Maryland baseball team.
Shipley graduated from the Maryland Agricultural College (now the University of Maryland) in 1914. While there, he played basketball, baseball, and football as a quarterback. In 1923, he became the head coach for the Maryland basketball team, a position in which he would serve until 1947. During his tenure, he compiled a 243–199 record.
Also in 1923, Shipley was hired as an assistant coach for the football team under legendary Maryland head coach Curley Byrd. Shipley also coached the baseball team from 1924 to 1960.
Shipley Field, where the school's baseball team plays its home games, is named after him. In 1982, Shipley was inducted into the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame.
Clark Daniel Shaughnessy (March 6, 1892 – May 15, 1970) was an American football coach and innovator. He is sometimes called the "father of the T formation", although that system had previously been used as early as the 1880s. Shaughnessy did, however, modernize the obsolescent T formation to make it once again relevant in the sport. He employed his innovations most famously on offense, but on the defensive side of the ball as well, and he earned a reputation as a ceaseless experimenter.
Shaughnessy held head coaching positions at Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, the University of Chicago, Stanford University, the University of Maryland, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Hawaii, and in the National Football League with the Los Angeles Rams. Shaughnessy also served in advisory capacities with the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins.
He reached the height of his success in 1940, in his first season at Stanford, where he led the Indians to an undefeated season that culminated with a Rose Bowl victory. That year, he also helped prepare the Chicago Bears for the 1940 NFL Championship Game, in which they routed Washington, 73–0. Shaughnessy's
Dino Joseph Gaudio (born 1957) is the former head men's basketball coach at Wake Forest University. He previously served as the head coach at the United States Military Academy and Loyola College in Maryland.
Gaudio was named head coach of the Wake Forest men's basketball team on August 8, 2007. He had served as an assistant to his predecessor, Skip Prosser, who died suddenly in July 2007. Gaudio's association with Prosser began in 1981 when he served as an assistant coach at Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, West Virginia, while Prosser was head coach.
Gaudio is a graduate of Ohio University (1981) and Xavier University (master's in Secondary Education, 1991).
Gaudio remained loyal to Prosser, his mentor and predecessor at Wake Forest. In the final days of his life, Prosser attended the games of three 5-star recruits in Las Vegas and Orlando. These recruits remained committed to Wake Forest and made up an eventually number three-ranked recruiting class for the 2008-2009 season, signed by Gaudio as a memory to Prosser.
On April 7, 2010, Gaudio was fired as head coach at Wake Forest.
Gaudio became an announcer for ESPN's college basketball coverage in 2011.
Donnie Jones (born July 7, 1966 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia) is an American college basketball coach and former college basketball player. Jones is currently the head coach of the UCF Knights men's basketball team that represents the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.
After spending three years as head coach at Marshall, amassing a 55–41 record, Jones was hired by UCF after the university decided not to retain Kirk Speraw for the 2010–11 season. Before Marshall, Jones was an assistant with the Florida Gators for 11 seasons, and was hired by Marshall after he helped Billy Donovan coach the Gators to consecutive national championships in 2006 and 2007. Jones is the Knights third head coach since entering into Division I play.
* UCF had its wins from the 2010–11 season vacated after it was ruled that there was an ineligible player for the Knights.
Ettore Messina (born September 30, 1959 in Catania, Italy) is an Italian basketball coach, currently the head coach of CSKA Moscow. He has won four Euroleague championships as a head coach. Messina is regarded as one of the best European basketball coaches, having been named in 2008 one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors.
He was named the Italian League's Best Coach three times, in the years 1998, 2001, and 2005. Furthermore, he has been named Euroleague Coach of the Year twice, in 2006 and 2008. He was inducted into the Italian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
Messina had two different stints (1989–1993 and 1997–2002) at the Italian League team, Virtus Bologna. He won the Italian Cup in 1990 and the national championship in 1993. During his second stint at Virtus, he coached the team to Euroleague trophies in both the 1997-98 and 2000-01 seasons. He also added two Italian League championship to his trophy case, as well as three Italian Cup titles in 1999, 2001, and 2002.
He then served as the head coach of the Italian League club Benetton Treviso, where he succeeded Mike D'Antoni as head coach in 2002 and stayed here for 3 seasons. He has won Italian League championship in
Frank Mills Dobson (January 10, 1885 – 1959) was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Georgia (1909, with James Coulter), Clemson University (1910–1912), the University of Richmond (1913–1917, 1919–1933), the University of South Carolina (1918), the University of Maryland (1936–1939), and The Apprentice School (1940–1948), compiling a career record of 137–142–24. Dobson was also the head basketball coach at Clemson (1911–1913) and Richmond (1912–1917, 1919–1933) and the head baseball coach at Clemson (1911–1913) and Richmond (1915–1933).
A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Dobson was an assistant under legendary Georgia Tech head coach John Heisman.
In 1909, Dobson moved to Georgia Tech's arch-rival, Georgia. There, the new head coach, James Coulter, had no prior coaching experience. Dobson was hired as a co-coach and added new trick plays in an attempt to energize the offense. Still the team finished with a record of 2–4–2.
Dobson moved on to Clemson University for the 1910 season, where he coached not only football, but also basketball and baseball. His overall record with the Clemson football team was
Franklin C. "Cappy" Cappon (October 17, 1900 – November 29, 1961) was a college athlete and coach. He played football and basketball at Phillips University and the University of Michigan and coached basketball and football at Luther College (1923–1924), the University of Kansas (1926–1927), the University of Michigan (1925, 1928–1938), and Princeton University (1938–1961).
The son of a wealthy leather manufacturer in Holland, Michigan, Cappon was a star athlete in both basketball and football, and was named to All-Western football teams in 1920, 1921, and 1922. Before accepting a position at Princeton, Cappon was an assistant athletic director and basketball coach at Michigan from 1928 to 1938. In 23 years at Princeton, Cappon won five Ivy League championships, and his trademark "five-man weave" offense became closely identified with the program. He was a mentor at Princeton to a generation of student-athletes, including Butch van Breda Kolff, Bill Bradley and Frank Deford. Cappon died at age 61 of a heart attack in the showers at Princeton's Dillon Gymnasium after a basketball practice session.
Cappon was born and raised in Holland, Michigan. Cappon was the son of Mr. and Mrs.
B. Gene Bartow (August 18, 1930 – January 3, 2012) was an American men's college basketball coach. The Browning, Missouri, native coached 36 years at six universities after coaching two high schools in Missouri for six years. In 1972 Bartow coached the Puerto Rico national basketball team in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
Bartow began his coaching at the prep level in Missouri, coaching Shelbina and St. Charles High School basketball squads to a 145–39 win-loss mark in six seasons. His 1957 St. Charles team won the state championship, defeating North Kansas City in the Class L finals by a score of 60–54.
Bartow coached at Central Missouri State University from 1961 to 1964, Valparaiso University from 1964 to 1970, and Memphis State University from 1970 until 1974, and he led the Memphis State Tigers to the 1973 NCAA national championship game and consecutive Missouri Valley Conference titles in the 1971–72 and 1972–73 seasons. He coached the US national team in the 1974 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal.
Bartow signed a five-year contract to replace Harv Schmidt at the University of Illinois in 1974. A last-place team the previous campaign, the Fighting Illini
Greg Kampe (born December 5, 1955) is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at Oakland University. He guided the Golden Grizzlies to their first NCAA Division I tournament and tournament win in 2005. He has compiled a 470–333 (.585) record in 27 seasons at Oakland University (as of the completion of 2010–11 regular season).
Kampe is one of nine Division I basketball coaches who have been at the same school for at least 25 seasons. Kampe is number five on the list with 27 seasons at Oakland. Kampe won The Summit League's coach of the year four times, including the last two in 2010 and 2011.
Joseph Bohomiel Lapchick (b. April 12, 1900 in Yonkers, New York – d. August 10, 1970 in New York City) was a professional basketball player, mostly known for playing with the Original Celtics in the 1920s and 30s. He is commonly regarded as the best center of his era, overshadowed (if anything) in his later years only by Tarzan Cooper. After ending his playing career in 1937, Lapchick became head coach at St. John's University, a position he held until 1947, when he took over the New York Knicks in the NBA. Lapchick coached the Knicks until 1957, leading them to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances (1951–53). He returned to St. John's, coaching them until 1965.
From star player to successful coach to popular author to respected dignitary, Joe Lapchick played a variety of roles in his more than 50 years in the game of basketball. He was an eminently influential figure who helped nurture the sport from its crude beginnings into its modern form.
Lapchick picked up a basketball for the first time just two decades after the game was invented. Basketball became his life. As a star center with the Original Celtics and other barnstorming teams, a college coach at St. John’s, an NBA
John Beilein (pronounced bee-line; born February 5, 1953) is an American college basketball coach and current men's basketball head coach at the University of Michigan. He is the 16th head coach of the Michigan Wolverines. The 2011–12 season is his fifth at Michigan, with whom he has a six-year contract. Beilein has won 567 career games at four-year universities (including games that were not at the Division I level) and 642 games including those at the junior-college level. He has previously coached the West Virginia Mountaineers (2002–2007), Richmond Spiders (1997–2002), Canisius College Golden Griffins (1992–1997) in Division I as well as Le Moyne College (1983–1992), Nazareth College (1982–1983) and Erie Community College (1978–1982).
Beilein is the only active collegiate coach to have achieved 20-win seasons at four different levels—junior college, NAIA, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division I. He has been recognized as Coach of the Year four times: in 1981 at Erie Community College, in 1988 at LeMoyne, in 1994 at Canisius, and in 1998 at Richmond. In addition, Beilein was the seventh of only eight coaches in history (along with Lefty Driesell, Jim Harrick, Lon Kruger, Rick
Kevin Stallings (born October 1, 1960) is currently in his 11th season as the head men’s basketball coach at Vanderbilt University. Previously, he served as head coach at Illinois State University and was an assistant coach at Purdue University and the University of Kansas.
Stallings was born in Collinsville, Illinois. He graduated from Collinsville High School in Collinsville, Illinois in 1978, where he played guard (6'5", 190 lbs.) for four years under legendary coach Vergil Fletcher and won three conference championships. The Kahoks went 30-1 his junior season and lost to De La Salle in the first round of the Illinois state tournament, 67-66. In his senior season, the Kahoks finished 28-3 and finished third in the state tournament. They lost in the semi-finals 55-53 to eventual champion Lockport Central, who finished the season 33-0. Stallings still holds Collinsville records for career assists (665), season assists (284) and season steals (146).
After a year at Belleville Area College in Belleville, Illinois, where his team went 28-9 and made the NJCAA tournament, Stallings enrolled at Purdue and played three years. His first season, the Boilermakers finished with a 27-8 record
Mark Few (born December 27, 1962) is an American college basketball coach, currently the head coach at Gonzaga University. He has served on Gonzaga's coaching staff since 1989, and has been a constant on the sidelines throughout a period that has seen the Bulldogs rise from mid-major obscurity to regular participants in the NCAA tournament.
Few was born in Creswell, Oregon, the son of a Presbyterian pastor, and was a star point guard at Creswell High School, graduating in 1981. He originally attended Linfield College, hoping to play basketball and baseball, but he was troubled by the aftereffects of a dislocated shoulder he suffered while playing football as a senior at Creswell. He then transferred to the University of Oregon, hoping to play baseball there, but the Ducks had dropped their varsity baseball program by the time he arrived in Eugene. He graduated from Oregon with a B.S. in physical education in 1987.
Few entered the coaching profession even before receiving his degree, serving as an unpaid part-time assistant at his alma mater of Creswell High School starting in 1983, and advancing to a paid position from 1986 to 1988. During this time, he also worked at Oregon's
Michael (Mike) P. Pratt (born 4 August 1948 in Dayton, Ohio) is an American retired basketball player and coach. He was a 6'4" (1.93 m), 195 lb (88.5 kg) guard.
Pratt attended the University of Kentucky where he was a three-year letterwinner under legendary coach Adolph Rupp from 1967 through 1970. Following his career with the Wildcats he was selected in the 1970 American Basketball Association draft by the Kentucky Colonels, where he played two seasons and averaged six points per game.
Following his playing days he became an assistant coach under Lee Rose at UNC Charlotte, helping the 49ers to reach the 1977 NCAA Final Four. After Rose accepted the head coaching job at Purdue following the 1977–78 season, Pratt was chosen as his successor. Pratt coached the 49ers for four seasons, compiling a record of 55–52 before being relieved of his duties following the 1981–82 season.
Pratt now does analysis on radio broadcasts of University of Kentucky basketball games. In 2009 he was inducted into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame.
Nathaniel "Nate" McMillan (born August 3, 1964 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is a retired American professional basketball player and former head coach of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. Prior to his coaching stint with the Blazers, McMillan was head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics for five years, after succeeding Paul Westphal in 2000.
McMillan grew up in the heart of North Carolina's basketball country and attended Raleigh's William G. Enloe High School, where he went unnoticed by major college scouts. After a brief basketball career at Chowan College in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, he returned to Raleigh to play for Jim Valvano at North Carolina State University, before entering the NBA. McMillan helped lead NC State to a first place tie in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season in 1985, and the Elite Eight in both the 1985 and 1986 NCAA Championship Tournaments.
McMillan was drafted by the Sonics with the 30th pick in the 1986 draft. He would spend his entire NBA career in Seattle. During his 12-year playing career, McMillan put up career averages of 5.9 points, 6.1 assists and 1.9 steals. He still shares (with Ernie DiGregorio) the NBA rookie record for assists in a
Paul James (born September 11, 1964 in Leicester, England) is a former professional basketball player and current head coach of British Basketball League team Worcester Wolves.
James' career in basketball started out as a player for his hometown team Leicester All-Stars. He made his league debut on September 26, 1981, just weeks after his 17th birthday, against local rivals Nottingham. He enjoyed seven successful years at the All-Stars (now known as Riders) before moving south to sign for Bracknell Tigers in 1988.
After nine years as a player, James was then promoted head coach of the Tigers in 1997, a position he retained until 2005 when the franchise was pulled from the league. However, he was soon offered the coaching position of Guildford Heat, a club established by fans of the former Tigers to take their place in the BBL. In just two seasons, James led the new franchise to fifth place in their rookie season and a League and Cup double in 2007, an achievement for the club, for which he was awarded BBL Coach of the Year 2007. The proceeding season saw James lead the Heat into its first European adventure, competing in the ULEB Cup, however a disappointing campaign finished 0-10
Forrest Clare "Phog" Allen (November 18, 1885 – September 16, 1974) was an American basketball and baseball player, coach of American football, basketball, and baseball, college athletics administrator, and osteopathic physician. Known as the "Father of Basketball Coaching," he served as the head basketball coach at Baker University (1905–1908), the University of Kansas (1907–1909, 1919–1956), Haskell Institute—now Haskell Indian Nations University (1908–1909), and Warrensburg Teachers College—now the University of Central Missouri (1912–1919), compiling a career college basketball record of 746–264. In his 39 seasons at the helm of the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball program, his teams won 24 conference championships and three national titles. The Helms Athletic Foundation retroactively recognized Allen's 1921–22 and 1922–23 Kansas teams as national champions. Allen's 1951–52 squad won the 1952 NCAA Tournament and his Jayhawks were runners-up in the NCAA Tournament in 1940 and 1953. His 590 wins are the most of any coach in the storied history of the Kansas basketball program.
Allen attended the University of Kansas, where he lettered in basketball and baseball. He played
Derrick (Rick) Allen Mahorn (born September 21, 1958 in Hartford, Connecticut) is a retired American NBA basketball player who, at 6'10", played power forward and center. He is currently a radio analyst for the Detroit Pistons.
Mahorn was dubbed by Piston announcer George Blaha the "Baddest Bad Boy of them all." Mahorn gained a reputation for physical play, which he used to compensate for his relatively limited leaping ability. He served as a team leader of the Detroit Bad Boys teams of the late 1980s.
Mahorn played college basketball at Hampton University. He was a three-time NCAA Division II and NAIA All-American and owned 18 school records.
In 1989, Mahorn won his only NBA championship with the Pistons. He was left unprotected in the 1989 expansion draft, as teams could protect only eight of their twelve players. After he was selected by the new Minnesota Timberwolves, Pistons general manager Jack McCloskey tried in vain to trade to get him back. However, Mahorn never played for Minnesota, being traded instead to the Philadelphia 76ers, where he teamed with superstar Charles Barkley to form the top-rebounding duo of "Thump N' Bump." After two seasons, Mahorn moved to the Italian
Rob Murphy is the head coach for the Eastern Michigan Eagles who has been with Eastern Michigan since the spring of 2011.
Murphy played on Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio from 1992–96 and was a two-time team captain for the NAIA program. He was also named the Marauders’ Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
After graduating from Central State, Murphy was hired as an associate head coach at Detroit Central High School from 1996–98. After the team reached the state finals his first year, Detroit Central won a Class A state title in 1998.
Murphy was then hired as head coach at Crockett Technical High School in Detroit. Among his players was Maurice Ager, who was the first-round draft choice of the Dallas Mavericks. Murphy had an overall record of 64–27 at Crockett Technical and was named Detroit Free Press All-Metro Coach of the Year after his club won the Class B state championship in 2001.
Murphy joined Kent State in 2002 as an assistant coach. The Golden Flashes were 21–10 overall and 12–6 in the Mid-American Conference in 2002–03. Kent State reached the final of the MAC Tournament Championship and earned an invitation to the National Invitation