Basketball Coaching Legend Pete Newell Dead at 93

November 18, 2008

San Diego (ChattahBox) — Basketball coaching legend Pete Newell died Monday morning at the age of 93 years old, in Racho Santa Fe, California. Newell died at about 10:45 a.m. in Rancho Santa Fe at the home of retired Dr. Earl Shultz, who played for Newell at Cal and had watched over him for the last several years.

His death was confirmed by the University of California, the school Newell coached to a national title in 1959. Newell, who had been living near San Diego, had a serious lung operation in 2005.

Newell coached for 14 years at San Francisco, Michigan State and California before doctors advised him to give it up because of the emotional toll. His final coaching job came in the 1960 Olympics, when he took a U.S. team led by Oscar Robertson, West and Jerry Lucas on a dominant run to a gold medal in Rome. Newell is only one of three coaches to win a NCAA title, NIT title, and Olympic gold medal.

Newell later returned to prominence with his famous “big men” camps. He instructed some of the game’s greatest stars, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Shaquille O’Neal and Ralph Sampson.

Newell will be missed by the thousands of players he coached over the years and thousands of basketball fans across the country as well.

Newell is surived by his sons: Pete Jr., Roger, Tom and Greg along with his grandchildren.


One Response to “Basketball Coaching Legend Pete Newell Dead at 93”

  1. Conor Neu on November 18th, 2008 4:44 pm

    Pete’s passing is very sad to hear. He was a great man and a legend of the sport. George Irvine wrote another great, very personal, tribute on that is also worth the read.

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