BYU Cougars men's basketball
The BYU Cougars men's basketball team represents Brigham Young University in NCAA Division I basketball play. Established in 1902, the team has won 27 conference championships, 3 conference tournament championships and 2 NIT Tournaments, competed in 29 NCAA Tournaments, it competes in the West Coast Conference. From 1999–2011, the team competed in the Mountain West Conference. BYU fielded its first basketball team in 1903. In 1906, the Cougars played their first game against Utah State University. In 1909, the team first played against the University of Utah; these two rivalries continue to this day. In its 108-year history, BYU's basketball program has won 1,786 games, ranking 12th among all Division I programs; the Cougars won the first of their 27 conference championships in 1922 as a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Cougars would make the first of their 29 NCAA Tournament appearances in 1950 under legendary head coach Stan Watts; that Cougars came within one point of reaching the national semifinals.
BYU's 1951 team was more successful, winning 28 games and once again qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. In addition, the 1951 team won the first of two NIT championships for the school; the Cougars defeated AP # 10 St. Louis and AP # 13 Dayton to win the title. Notable players on that team include: Mel Hutchins, taken #2 in the 1951 NBA draft, was named the 1951–52 NBA co-rookie of the year and became a 5-time NBA All-Star with the Pistons and the Knicks. Dunn, a future general authority in the LDS Church; the Cougars would go on to make five more appearances in the NCAA Tournament under Watts, win their second NIT championship in 1966, although by that time the overall prestige of the NIT had fallen considerably. BYU has the dubious distinction of having the most NCAA appearances of any men's team not to make the Final Four. Under Watts, BYU became the first U. S. college basketball program to include an international player on its roster, as Finland native Timo Lampen debuted in the 1958–59 season.
BYU's Krešimir Ćosić, born in Yugoslavia, became the first international player to be named an All-American. His jersey was retired in the Marriott Center in March 2006 in the last home game of the season against the New Mexico Lobos. Watts retired as the winningest coach in BYU history. After Watts' retirement following the 1972 season, the program experienced five consecutive losing seasons from 1974 through 1978 before returning to the NCAA Tournament in 1979 behind Danny Ainge and coach Frank Arnold; the Cougars reached the Elite Eight, one game short of the Final Four, in 1981, Ainge's senior season. That season, Ainge won the Wooden Award as the nation's most outstanding player. Arnold left following the 1983 season and was replaced by LaDell Andersen, who had several successful seasons in the 1980s, including the 1987–88 season when the Cougars rose as high as #2 in the national rankings on their way to a 26–6 season. Andersen resigned following a 14–15 season in 1989, he was replaced by Roger Reid, who guided the Cougars to 20-win seasons in each of his first six years and five NCAA Tournament appearances.
Reid was fired in the middle of the 1996–97 season after a 1–6 start. Part of his firing had to do with a private comment Reid made to Chris Burgess considered the top high school player in the nation and a Mormon whose father had attended BYU. Assistant coach Tony Ingle coached the team on an interim basis for the rest of the season and did not win a game. Following the season, Steve Cleveland was hired as the new head coach and returned the Cougars to prominence. In 2001, the Cougars won the MWC regular season and tournament championships, making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1995. After the 2004–05 season, Cleveland resigned to become the head coach at Fresno State. Dave Rose, co-captain of the University of Houston's 1983 "Phi Slama Jama" college basketball team, began the first of six straight 20-win seasons in 2005–06. Rose and assistant Dave Rice continued BYU's successful recruiting with the addition of All-American Jimmer Fredette in 2007 and DeMarcus Harrison in 2011.
In June 2009, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and returned to coaching that year. In 2010, Rose coached BYU to their first NCAA tournament victory in 17 years in a double-overtime win against the University of Florida; the following year, BYU made further inroads as a #3 seed when they advanced to the Sweet 16. On March 13, 2012, BYU set a record for the largest comeback in a NCAA tournament game, as they were down by 25 points at one point in their first match of the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and came back to beat the Iona Gaels 78–72. Following the Cougars appearance in 2012's NCAA tournament the Cougars look to improve upon that success with the return of Tyler Haws, from a 2-year LDS Mission, Brandon Davies in his senior year. Notable BYU basketball players after Tyler Haws include Kyle Collinsworth, a teammate of Brandon Davies at Provo High School, T. J. Haws, the younger brother of Tyler Haws. NIck Emery a more recent player, is the younger brother of Jackson Emery who played with Jimmer Fredette.
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The center known as the five, or the big man, is one of the five positions in a regular basketball game. The center is the tallest player on the team, has a great deal of strength and body mass as well. In the NBA, the center is 6 feet 10 inches or taller and weighs 240 pounds or more, they traditionally have played close to the basket in the low post. A center with the ability to shoot outside from three-point range is known as stretch five; the center is considered a necessary component for a successful team in professional leagues such as the NBA. Great centers have been the foundation for most of the dynasties in both the NBA and NCAA; the 6'10" George Mikan pioneered the Center position, shattering the held perception that tall players could not develop the agility and coordination to play basketball well, ushering in the role of the dominant big man. He led DePaul University to the NIT title after turning professional, won seven National Basketball League, Basketball Association of America and NBA Championships in his ten-year career, nine of them with the Minneapolis Lakers.
Using his height to dominate opposing players, Mikan invented the shot block. In the 1960s, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain further transformed basketball by combining height with a greater level of athleticism than previous centers. Following the retirement of George Mikan, the rivalry of the two big men came to dominate the NBA. Between the two of them and Russell won nine of the eleven MVP awards in the eleven-year period between 1958 and 1969. Many of the records set by these two players have endured today. Most notably and Russell hold the top eighteen season averages for rebounds. Bill Russell led the University of San Francisco to two consecutive NCAA Championships, he joined the Boston Celtics and helped make them one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history, winning eleven championships over his thirteen-year career as well as five MVP awards. Russell revolutionized defensive strategy with his shot-blocking and physical man-to-man defense. While he was never the focal point of the Celtics offense, much of the team's scoring came when Russell grabbed defensive rebounds and initiated fast breaks with precision outlet passes to point guard Bob Cousy.
As the NBA's first African-American superstar, Russell struggled throughout his career with the racism he encountered from fans in Boston after the 1966–67 season, when he became the first African-American in any major sport to be named player-coach. His principal rival, Wilt Chamberlain, listed at 7'1", 275 pounds, lacked Russell's supporting cast. Chamberlain played college ball for the Kansas Jayhawks, leading them to the 1957 title game against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Although the Jayhawks lost by one point in triple overtime, Chamberlain was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. A member of the Harlem Globetrotters before joining the Philadelphia Warriors of the NBA in 1959, Chamberlain won two Championships, in 1967 with the Philadelphia 76ers and 1972 with the Los Angeles Lakers, although his teams were defeated by the Celtics in the Eastern Conference and NBA Finals, he won seven scoring titles, eleven rebounding titles, four regular season Most Valuable Player awards, including the distinction, in 1960, of being the first rookie to receive the award.
Stronger than any player of his era, he was capable of scoring and rebounding at will. Although he was the target of constant double- and triple-teaming, as well as fouling tactics designed to take advantage of his poor free-throw shooting, he set a number of records that have never been broken. Most notably, Chamberlain is the only player in NBA history to average more than 50 points in a season and score 100 points in a single game, he holds the NBA's all-time records for rebounding average, rebounds in a single game, career rebounds. A lesser-known center of the era was Nate Thurmond, who played the forward position opposite Wilt Chamberlain for the San Francisco Warriors but moved to center after Chamberlain was traded to the new Philadelphia franchise. Although he never won a Championship, Thurmond was known as the best screen setter in the league, his averages of 21.3 and 22.0 rebounds per game in 1966–67 and 1967–68, are exceeded only by Chamberlain and Russell. In contrast to the Celtics dynasty of the 1960s, the 1970s were a decade of parity in the NBA, with eight different champions and no back-to-back winners.
At the college level, the UCLA Bruins, under Coach John Wooden, built the greatest dynasty in NCAA basketball history, winning seven consecutive titles between 1967 and 1973. UCLA had won two consecutive titles in 1964 and 1965 with teams that pressed and emphasized guard play. After not winning in 1966, Wooden's teams changed their style, he led UCLA to three championships-in 1967, 68' and 69'-while winning the first Naismith College Player of the Year Award. During his college career, the NCAA enacted a ban on dunking because of Alcindor's dominant use of the shot, his entrance into the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1969 was timely, as Bill Russell had just retired and Wilt Chamberlain was 33 years old and plagued by injuries. After leading the Bucks to the 1971 NBA championship, te
University of Utah
The University of Utah is a public research university in Salt Lake City, United States. As the state's flagship university, the university offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and more than 92 graduate degree programs; the university is classified among "R-1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity" with "selective" admissions. Graduate studies include the S. J. Quinney College of Law and the School of Medicine, Utah's first medical school; as of Fall 2015, there are 23,909 undergraduate students and 7,764 graduate students, for an enrollment total of 31,673. The university was established in 1850 as the University of Deseret by the General Assembly of the provisional State of Deseret, making it Utah's oldest institution of higher education, it received its current name in 1892, four years before Utah attained statehood, moved to its current location in 1900. The university ranks among the top 50 U. S. universities by total research expenditures with over $518 million spent in 2015.
22 Rhodes Scholars, four Nobel Prize winners, two Turing Award winners, eight MacArthur Fellows, various Pulitzer Prize winners, two astronauts, Gates Cambridge Scholars, Churchill Scholars have been affiliated with the university as students, researchers, or faculty members in its history. In addition, the university's Honors College has been reviewed among 50 leading national Honors Colleges in the U. S; the university has been ranked the 12th most ideologically diverse university in the country. The university's athletic teams, the Utes, participate in NCAA Division I athletics as a member of the Pac-12 Conference, its football team has received national attention for winning the 2005 Fiesta Bowl and the 2009 Sugar Bowl. Soon after the Mormon Pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake valley in 1847, Brigham Young began organizing a Board of Regents to establish a university; the university was established on February 28, 1850, as the University of Deseret by the General Assembly of the provisional State of Deseret, Orson Spencer was appointed as the first chancellor of the university.
Early classes were held in private homes. The university closed in 1853 due to lack of funds and lack of feeder schools. Following years of intermittent classes in the Salt Lake City Council House, the university began to be re-established in 1867 under the direction of David O. Calder, followed by John R. Park in 1869; the university moved out of the council house into the Union Academy building in 1876 and into Union Square in 1884. In 1892, the school's name was changed to the University of Utah, John R. Park began arranging to obtain land belonging to the U. S. Army's Fort Douglas on the east bench of the Salt Lake Valley, where the university moved permanently in 1900. Additional Fort Douglas land has been granted to the university over the years, the fort was closed on October 26, 1991. Upon his death in 1900, Dr. John R. Park bequeathed his entire fortune to the university; the university grew in the early 20th century but was involved in an academic freedom controversy in 1915 when Joseph T. Kingsbury recommended that five faculty members be dismissed after a graduation speaker made a speech critical of Utah governor William Spry.
One third of the faculty resigned in protest of these dismissals. Some felt that the dismissals were a result of the LDS Church's influence on the university, while others felt that they reflected a more general pattern of repressing religious and political expression that might be deemed offensive; the controversy was resolved when Kingsbury resigned in 1916, but university operations were again interrupted by World War I, The Great Depression and World War II. Student enrollment dropped to a low of 3,418 during the last year of World War II, but A. Ray Olpin made substantial additions to campus following the war, enrollment reached 12,000 by the time he retired in 1964. Growth continued in the following decades as the university developed into a research center for fields such as computer science and medicine. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, the university hosted the Olympic Village, a housing complex for the Olympic and Paralympic athletes, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Prior to the events, the university received a facelift that included extensive renovations to the Rice-Eccles Stadium, a light rail track leading to downtown Salt Lake City, a new student center known as the Heritage Center, an array of new student housing, what is now a 180-room campus hotel and conference center.
The University of Utah Asia Campus opened as an international branch campus in the Incheon Global Campus in Songdo, South Korea in 2014. Three other European and American universities are participating; the Asia Campus was funded by the South Korean government. Campus takes up 1,534 acres, including the Health Sciences complex, Research Park, Fort Douglas, it is located on the east bench of the Salt Lake Valley, close to the Wasatch Range and 2 miles east of downtown Salt Lake City. Most courses take place on the west side of campus, known as lower campus due to its lower elevation. Presidents Circle is a loop of buildings named after past university presidents with a courtyard in the center. Major libraries on lower campus include the J. Willard Marriott Library and the S. J. Quinney Law Library; the primary student activity center is the A. Ray Olpin University Union, campus fitness centers include the Health, Physical Education, Recreation Complex and the Nielsen Fieldhouse. Lower campus is home to most public venues, such as the Rice-Eccles Stadium, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, a museum with rot
West Texas A&M Buffaloes
The West Texas A&M Buffaloes known as the WTAMU Buffaloes or WT Buffaloes, West Texas State Buffaloes and WTSU Buffaloes, are the athletic teams that represent West Texas A&M University, located in Canyon, Texas, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Buffaloes, colloquially known as the Buffs and Lady Buffs, compete as members of the Lone Star Conference for all 14 varsity sports. West Texas A&M was a member of the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1941-1961; the football team won a conference championship in 1950. The Buffs were members of the Missouri Valley Conference from 1972-1985; the football team plays its home games in Kimbrough Memorial Stadium. The Buffs play rival Eastern New Mexico University each fall for the Wagon Wheel trophy, rival Midwestern State University for the Highway 287 Challenge Cup. In 2019, the football team will move to a newly built, on-campus stadium. 1949, 1962 1957 1967 Regular Season Champions: 1986, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012 South Division Champions: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 2009, 2011 National Semifinals: 2012 Regional Finalist: 2012, 2013 Second Round: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 First Round: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 The Buff and Lady Buff basketball teams play in the First United Bank Center.
The traditional rival is Eastern New Mexico University, but newer rivalries with Midwestern State University and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin have emerged in recent years. A strong tradition of basketball exists at West Texas A&M, dating back to the days of Maurice Cheeks and as far back as the 1930s and 1940s. In 2018-2019 WT became the first school in NCAA history to have both the men's and women's teams host a regional tournament. From WTAMU Record Book Regular Season Champions: 1991, 1994, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2018, 2019 South Division Champions: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008 Tournament Champions: 1990, 1991, 1994, 2018, 2019 Final Four: 2018 Elite 8: 1998, 2018, 2019 Sweet 16: 1998, 2017, 2018, 2019 Round of 32: 1994, 1998, 2001, 2017, 2018, 2019 NCAA tournament appearances: 1987, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2019 Regular Season Champions: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 South Division Champions: 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Tournament Champions: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019 Runners Up: 1988, 2014 Final four: 1988, 2014 Elite 8: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017 Sweet 16: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Round of 32: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 NCAA tournament appearances: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 The Lady Buff volleyball team is a three-time NCAA Division II National Champion, winning the title in 1990, 1991 and 1997 while holding one of the best home winning records in any level of competitive volleyball.
The team plays its home matches at the WTAMU Fieldhouse “The Box.” The Buffaloes and the Lady Buffs are one of the few Division II institutions that has an on campus cross country course, known as "The Range." The Buffaloes have won the Missouri Valley Conference Championship in 1977, 1979, the Lone Star Conference Championship in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. The men have had individual champions in the MVC in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1985 and in the LSC in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017; the men have qualified for the national championships every year since 2013, had a program best 11th place finish in 2014. The Buffaloes have had 3 NCAA DII All-Americans, Geoffrey Kipchumba, Owen Hind, Briggs Wittlake; the Lady Buffs have won the Lone Star Conference Championship in 2012 and 2013. The women have had individual champions in 2012 and 2014. Maurice Cheeks - former NBA basketball player and coach Mercury Morris - former NFL running back for the Miami Dolphins David Tameilau — plays rugby for the United States national rugby union team Duane Thomas - former NFL running back for the Dallas CowboysIn addition to the above, the football program produced several alumni who went on to notable careers in professional wrestling: Tully Blanchard – member of the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Four Horsemen stable Bobby Duncum Sr. Manny Fernandez Dory Funk Jr. – member of the WWE Hall of Fame Terry Funk – brother of Dory Jr. and a member of the WWE Hall of Fame.
Jerry Ray Lucas is an American former basketball great and noted memory education expert. He was a nationally-awarded high school player, national college star at Ohio State, 1960 gold medal Olympian and international player before starring as a professional player in the National Basketball Association; as a collegian, Lucas led the Ohio State Buckeyes to the 1960 college national championship and three straight NCAA finals. He remains today the only three-time Big Ten Player of the Year, was twice named NCAA Player of the Year; as a professional, Lucas was named All-NBA First Team three times, an NBA All-Star seven times, was 1964 NBA Rookie of the Year, was named Most Valuable Player of the 1965 NBA All-Star Game among other honors and awards. He was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980. After his basketball career ended in the mid-1970s, Lucas took to becoming a teacher and writer in the area of image-based memory education, his book written with Harry Lorayne, The Memory Book, was a national best-seller.
Lucas has conducted seminars demonstrating memory techniques, has written 30 books and educational products and games for children. Lucas was born in a community of 30,000 + halfway between Dayton and Cincinnati. Middletown called itself " The Basketball Capital of Ohio", based on the success of the basketball teams from the town's one high school; the Middies had won five Ohio state high school championships, 1945–55, before Lucas played at Middletown High. Local support for the team was remarkably high in the mid-1950s. A tall youth, Lucas was encouraged to take up the game and soon dedicated himself to the town's game. In addition to strong local support for Middletown High basketball, the city was home to a remarkable summer outdoor basketball scene that had developed at Sunset Park. Previous Middletown players who had gone on to play at the college level had recruited other college players to play there in the summer. By the time Lucas was age 15 in 1955, Sunset Park was one of the best summer basketball scenes in the region.
By Lucas had grown to 6'7" and had the opportunity to scrimmage against these college players, advancing his game greatly. Lucas was, in fact, outplaying college-level big men before he played his first game for Middletown High; the budding basketball star had, by also started to display a remarkable, if unusual intelligence. A straight-A student with a penchant for memorizing his school work, Lucas had started to develop memory games for himself as early as age nine. One trick he would be known for was his ability to take words apart and reassemble them in alphabetical order. "Basketball" became "aabbekllst". He applied his intelligence to his coaching in the game. Lucas started play at Middletown as a sophomore in the 1955–56 season, his coach, Paul Walker, had led three Ohio state champions, Lucas found himself surrounded by a strong team and teammates at Middletown. Still just 15 years old, Lucas focused on a game of rebounding and passing but still became a scoring star anyway, his fame as a player spread across Ohio as early as January, 1956.
At this young age, Lucas was a remarkable athlete who could play above the rim. Middletown's schedule featured strong teams from Cincinnati and Columbus and remained undefeated. A February game held at Cincinnati Gardens against rival Hamilton, itself a nearby former state champion, drew over 13,000 at a time in the game's history when crowd sizes of that kind were uncommon at any level of the game; the two state powers repeated that feat there in 1958. In addition to a rare ability to rebound the ball, Lucas made 60% of his shots from the floor and 75% of his many free throws. Wearing the number #13, he would be compared to Wilt Chamberlain during his Middletown years; the 1955-56 Middletown team went undefeated, winning the state championship, the 1956-57 team did too. He suffered just one loss as a senior. But, after a state-record 76 straight wins over three years that saw Lucas and Middletown elevated to a remarkable level of fame within the state. Though he did not shoot Lucas carried a 34-point scoring through his high school years, received national press when he surpassed Chamberlain's high school total in points.
As Middletown played top prep teams from around the state, the fame of Lucas and Middletown spread through each stop. At Cleveland Arena, over 12,000 saw him score 53 as his Middies topped an undefeated Cleveland East Tech team there in the 1956 state playoffs. In 1957, over 15,000 saw his team top Toledo Macomber in another state playoff game at Saint John Arena the home floor of the collegiate Ohio State Buckeyes; these and other performances led Lucas to receive scholarship offers from more than 150 colleges, a remarkable total within the condition of the game at that time. He was considered the most publicized high school player in America to his time when he graduated from Middletown High in 1958, having won a number of national awards, he was state champion in the discus in 1958, a member of the National Honor Society as a student. Lucas was the subject of considerable recruiting interest while at Middletown, to such a degree that measures were taken to protect the privacy of Lucas and his family.
When he announced for Ohio State, he became the center of a legendary recruiting class in 1958 that included two more future Hall of Famers in player John Havlicek and future coach Bob Knight. Mel Nowell join the group as well, giving the group three future NBA players s well with Lucas and Havlicek. Buckeyes freshman coach Fred Taylor helped all four feel comfortable with coming to Ohio Stat
Power forward (basketball)
The power forward known as the four, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. It has been referred to as the "post" position. Power forwards play a role similar to that of center, they play offensively with their backs towards the basket and position themselves defensively under the basket in a zone defense or against the opposing power forward in man-to-man defense. The power forward position entails a variety of responsibilities, one of, rebounding. Many power forwards are noted for their mid-range jump-shot, several players have become accurate from 12 to 18 feet. Earlier, these skills were more exhibited in the European style of play; some power forwards, known as stretch fours, have since extended their shooting range to three-point field goals. In the NBA, power forwards range from 6' 8" to 7' 0" while in the WNBA, power forwards are between 6' 1" and 6' 4". Despite the averages, a variety of players fit "tweener" roles which finds them in the small forward or center position depending on matchups and coaching decisions.
Some power forwards play the center position and have the skills, but lack the height, associated with that position
Peter Francis Newell 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, compiling an overall record of 234 wins and 123 losses, he led the University of California to the 1959 NCAA men's basketball championship, a year 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 teams, he is considered to be one of the most influential figures in the history of basketball. He grew up in Los Angeles. Encouraged by his mother, he had small roles in several movies, it is said that Charlie Chaplin considered him for the title role in his film The Kid, played by Jackie Coogan. Newell attended both high school and college in Los Angeles and was a classmate of Phil Woolpert at Loyola Marymount University.
He played on the basketball team. After serving in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1946, Newell was appointed head men's basketball coach at the University of San Francisco in 1946. During his four-year tenure at USF, Newell compiled a 70-37 record and coached the Dons to the 1949 National Invitation Tournament championship. In 1950 he accepted an appointment as head coach at Michigan State University, where he stayed until 1954. Newell returned to the West Coast in 1954 when he was hired as head coach at the University of California, Berkeley. Newell was successful at Cal, compiling a 119-44 record, winning four consecutive Pac-8 titles from 1957 to 1960, leading the Golden Bears to two straight appearances in the NCAA tournament championship game—which they won in 1959. Newell himself earned national Coach of the Year honors in 1960. At Berkeley, he became a faculty initiate of the Nu Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity where player Darrall Imhoff was a member. Newell coached the U. S. men's Olympic basketball team to a gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics, leading a talented squad that featured future National Basketball Association stars and Hall of Famers Walt Bellamy, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Jerry Lucas.
His win in the Olympics made him one of only three coaches to win the "Triple Crown" of NCAA, NIT and Olympic championships. Newell is known to have introduced the reverse-action offense in the late nineteen fifties. After being advised by doctors to give up coaching because of stress, he served as the Athletic Director at Cal from 1960 to 1968. Among his various achievements includes having a winning record against UCLA Coach John Wooden, considered by many to be the greatest coach in college basketball history. After retiring from coaching, Newell served as team executive or scout for several National Basketball Association teams, he served as general manager of the San Diego Rockets from 1968 to 1971, until the team was sold to Houston in June, 1971. After a short stint in Houston, to assist with the transfer, Pete returned to the west coast and joined the Los Angeles Lakers; as general manager of the Lakers, he was instrumental in trading for star center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from the Milwaukee Bucks.
He retired from his job as Lakers general manager in 1976 to spend more time with his ailing wife. Considered "America's Basketball Guru", Newell conducted an annual training camp for centers and forwards known as "Big Man Camp", which has since been informally dubbed "Pete Newell's Big Man Camp"; the camp originated. After Washington's game improved and more big men started to work with Newell, he opened the camp; the camp's impressive participants list features over 200 former NBA players. Newell attracted this list of players due to his reputation of teaching footwork, being what one publication described as "The Footwork Master". Former attendees include Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Walton, many others; the camp was seen as standard for players coming out of college into the NBA. From the time Newell opened the camp in 1976 until his death, he never accepted any money for his services, stating that "I owe it to the game. I can never repay what the game has given me." The camp has taken place in Honolulu and most Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 2001 Newell opened his version of the Big Man Camp for women and dubbed it "Pete Newell's Tall Women's Basketball Camp" with the following simple sentence serving as a summary of its intentions: "The Pete Newell Tall Women's Basketball Camp goal is to continue to do what Pete Newell has done his whole life-to teach the fundamentals and footwork of the game of basketball to young players." Newell's wife, died in 1984. His four sons have all been involved with basketball, his son, Pete Newell Jr. coached the Santa Cruz High School boys' basketball team to the California state championship in 2005. Another son, Tom Newell, is a longtime NBA scout and assistant coach who has worked on international basketball projects in China and Russia. Tom is a Fox Sports studio commentator in the network's Northwest region, his 3rd son, was the first person to bring computer software and analytics to the NBA in 1982 thru 2000 with the Newell Productivity System. This same compute