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Pete Newell (USA)
Born on August 31, 1915, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Passed away on November 17, 2008, at the age of 93.
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Enshrined as a coach in the FIBA Hall of Fame on September 12, 2007.


  • University of San Francisco: 1946-1950
  • Michigan State University: 1950-1954
  • University of California at Bekerley: 1954-1960 (as head coach) and 1960-1968 (as athletic director)

Club Highlights

  • 1959 NCAA Champion
  • 1949 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Champion
  • 4 straight Pacific 8 titles (1957, 1958, 1959 and 1969) and 2 consecutive presences in the NCAA Final Four (1958 and 1959)

National Team

  • Olympic Gold medalist in Rome 1960

Individual Highlights

  • Considered 'America's Basketball Guru'
  • National Coach of the Year in 1960
  • General Manager of the San Diego Rockets (1968-1972), General Manager of the Los Angeles Lakers (1972-1976) -where he orchestrated the trade that brought Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the franchise-, Director of Player Personnel of the Golden State Warriors (1984-1991)…
  • From 1976 and until his death, he ran the 'Pete Newell's Big Man Camp', a prestigious annual camp for centers and forwards where he instructed some of basketball's greatest stars, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O'Neal
    In 1987, the playing surface at Harmon Gym (currently Haas Pavilion), the home of the University of California at Berkeley's basketball and volleyball teams was renamed 'Pete Newell Court' in his honour
  • Since 2000, the National Association of Basketball Coaches annually presents the Pete Newell Big Man Award to the top frontcourt player in the U.S.A.
  • In 2001, he created the 'Pete Newell's Tall Women's Basketball Camp'