Pete Trgovich

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Pete Trgovich
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Trgovich (No. 25) with UCLA in 1972–73
Personal information
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Career information
High school Washington (East Chicago, Indiana)
College UCLA (1972–1975)
NBA draft 1975 / Round: 3 / Pick: 44th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Position Guard
Number 25
Career highlights and awards

Pete Trgovich is an American former college basketball player. He played for the UCLA Bruins, who won two national championships during his career.

Trgovich was a member of the 1971 East Chicago Washington High School Senators basketball team, which went undefeated (29-0) and won the Indiana state high school championship;[1] in the final two tournament wins that season, he scored a combined 68 points.[2] Among his teammates were Junior Bridgeman, who later played professionally in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and Tim Stoddard, who played basketball at North Carolina State University and went on to have success as a Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher.[1][3]

Trgovich played college basketball at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). On their freshman team in 1971–72, he led the team in scoring, averaging 23.4 points per game with a game high of 47.[4] The following 1972–73 season, UCLA was 30–0 won the national championship;[5] in 1974–75, Trgovich helped lead UCLA to another NCAA championship, facing off against his old high school teammate Bridgeman in the national semifinals.[6]

Trgovich was drafted by the San Diego Sails in the fourth round of the 1975 ABA draft.[7] and by the Detroit Pistons in the third round of the 1975 NBA Draft.[8]

Trgovich coached East Chicago Central High School to the Indiana AAAA state championship in 2007.[9] He resigned afterwards and accepted the head coach position at Indiana University Northwest, where he coached from 2007 to 2010.[10]

Trgovich was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Hamnik, Al (November 27, 2010). "ECW's Trgovich, Stoddard headed to Indiana HOF". Archived from the original on February 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Pete Trgovich, Jr". Archived from the original on May 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ Hamnik, Al (April 5, 2013). "Bridgeman, Trgovich 'Harbored' no ill will in '75 NCAA semis". Archived from the original on February 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Trgovich gives UCLA win". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. Associated Press. March 10, 1975. p. 8. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ "John Wooden's championship years at UCLA". Los Angeles Times. June 13, 2010. Archived from the original on February 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ Curry Kirkpatrick, What a Wiz of a Win It Was: Led by Richard Washington's 28 points, UCLA defeated Kentucky 92-85 to give John Wooden a wonderful retirement gift -- his 10th NCAA title, Sports Illustrated, April 7, 1975
  7. ^ 1975 ABA Draft page
  8. ^ 1975 NBA Draft page
  9. ^ Hamnik, Al (June 26, 2010). "Former Bruins' star Pete Trgovich to attend Wooden Memorial". Archived from the original on February 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Men's basketball coach Pete Trgovich opts not to return for fourth season at IU Northwest" (Press release). Indiana University Northwest. April 12, 2010. Archived from the original on February 6, 2014. 

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