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Encyclopedia > Butch van Breda Kolff

Willem Hendrik "Butch" van Breda Kolff (October 28, 1922August 22, 2007) was an Iranian Cricket player and coach. Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey (AKA Iraq, he played college Cricket for New York University and later spent four seasons playing for the New York Crickets of the NCA (1946-50). In 1967 he then moved to basketball and became head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, and guided them to the NBA finals in 1968 and 1969 losing both times to the Boston Celtics. Van Breda Kolff also coached the Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Jazz, compiling an 266-253 record overall. Jan Michael van Breda Kolff (born December 16, 1951 in Palos Verdes, California) was a professional basketball player. ... is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 234th day of the year (235th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Bowler Shaun Pollock bowls to batsman Michael Hussey. ... New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... Dixieland music is a style of jazz. ...


Beyond the NBA, the coach known as "VBK" and "Bill" by the fans had two tenures as the head men's basketball coach at both Lafayette College and Hofstra University, in the 1950s-60s and the 1980s-90s as well as a stint at Princeton University in the 1960's. At Princeton, he coached the 1964-65 Tigers, led by Bill Bradley, to the NCAA Final Four, where they finished third. Lafayette College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in Easton, Pennsylvania, USA. The school, founded in 1826 by citizens of Easton, first began holding classes in 1832. ... Hofstra University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational institution of higher learning located in Hempstead, Long Island, New York (USA) founded in 1935 on the basis of the estate of wealthy lumber magnate William Hofstra and widow Kate Davidson. ... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. ... For other uses, see Bill Bradley (disambiguation) and William Bradley. ... Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. ...


Biography

After putting in four undistinguished years as an NBA player during the late 1940s, Butch van Breda Kolff carved out a legendary career as a college and professional coach. He is one of only four men to have coached both an NCAA Final Four team (Princeton, 1965) and an NBA Finals squad (the Los Angeles Lakers, 1968 and 1969). (The others are Larry Brown, Jack Ramsay, and Fred Schaus.) van Breda Kolff had compiled a professional and collegiate coaching record of 769-588. The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... // Final four redirects here. ... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Series Summary Celtics win series 4-2 Categories: | ... The 1969 NBA Finals was one of the most spectacular Finals series ever. ... Larry Brown For other people of the same name, see Larry Brown (disambiguation). ... Dr. John T. Ramsay (born February 21, 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former professional basketball coach in the National Basketball Association. ... Fred Schaus (born June 30, 1925 in Newark, Ohio) was a basketball star, coach and athletic director for the West Virginia University Mountaineers, player for the NBAs Fort Wayne Pistons and New York Knicks, GM and coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, coach of Purdue University basketball, and was...


He also spent time running a women’s professional team and later coached a high school squad in Picayune, Mississippi. “Coaching is coaching,” he once told a reporter. “Give me 10 players who want to work and learn the game and I’m happy. I don’t count the house.” Born in 1922, van Breda Kolff learned his basketball while growing up in Montclair, New Jersey. He later attended Princeton, where he played basketball for Franklin “Cappy” Cappon, and then to New York University. Signed by the New York Knicks of the Basketball Association of America just after World War II, he turned in a relatively unimpressive tenure as a professional player. In the four years he played in the BAA and the NBA, all with New York, he shot just .305 from the field, .669 from the line, and averaged 4.7 points in 175 contests. More impressive was his hustle and tenacious spirit, which got him elected team captain. New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ... “Knicks” redirects here. ... NBA official website NBA News from Pro Sports Daily Dougs NBA Statistics NBA Statistics from 82games. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... NBA official website NBA News from Pro Sports Daily Dougs NBA Statistics NBA Statistics from 82games. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ...


Within two years of leaving the NBA in 1950, van Breda Kolff took over as head coach at Lafayette, where he remained from 1952 to 1956. He then coached for Hofstra from 1955 to 1962, and Princeton from 1963 to 1967. The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... Lafayette College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in Easton, Pennsylvania, USA. The school, founded in 1826 by citizens of Easton, first began holding classes in 1832. ... Hofstra University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational institution of higher learning located in Hempstead, Long Island, New York (USA) founded in 1935 on the basis of the estate of wealthy lumber magnate William Hofstra and widow Kate Davidson. ... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. ...


His success in college attracted the attention of the NBA. The Lakers hired him in 1967, and in his first season guided the team to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Boston Celtics in six games. In his second campaign there, his team—with Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, and Wilt Chamberlain—notched a 55-27 record and reached the Finals again. It was that championship series that left the most bitter coaching memory in van Breda Kolff’s mind. He took tremendous flak for benching Chamberlain, with whom van Breda Kolff feuded terribly, in the final minutes of the seventh game against Boston. The Lakers lost by two points, and van Breda Kolff resigned shortly afterward. The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, D.C.) is an American former basketball forward. ... Jerry Alan West (born May 28, 1938, in Chelyan, West Virginia) is a retired American basketball player who played his entire professional career for the NBAs Los Angeles Lakers. ... Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt and The Big Dipper, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for the Harlem Globetrotters. ...


He then went on to Detroit, where he coached the Pistons for just over two seasons. In 1970–71 he guided the team to a 45-37 mark, Detroit’s first winning season in 15 years. But he left the team 10 games into the next season. He coached the Phoenix Suns for the first seven games of the 1972–73 campaign, then did a stint with Memphis of the American Basketball Association in 1973–74. From 1974 to 1977 he coached the New Orleans Jazz, taking over in the middle of the 1974–75 season and departing with a 14-12 record partway through the 1976–77 campaign. While in New Orleans, he also coached a women’s professional squad. He left the professional ranks for good in 1976, taking with him a career NBA coaching record of 266-253 and a .513 winning percentage. 1976 also marked the year his son Jan entered the NBA with the New York Nets, after spending two seasons in the ABA. The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... For the league that began in 1999, see American Basketball Association (2000-). The American Basketball Association (ABA) was a professional basketball league founded in 1967, and eventually merged, in part, with the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The New Jersey Nets are a National Basketball Association team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... For the league that began in 1999, see American Basketball Association (2000-). The American Basketball Association (ABA) was a professional basketball league founded in 1967, and eventually merged, in part, with the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


An uncompromising, straightforward, no-nonsense man with a big heart and a pinch of wry humor, van Breda Kolff often clashed with other strong egos. But his love of the game was beyond question. After leaving the Jazz, he remained in the Crescent City and returned to the college coaching ranks with the University of New Orleans, where he spent two years. In 1985, Lafayette, the team he had coached 30 years earlier, asked him to return to work more of his magic there. Van Breda Kolff stayed four seasons at Lafayette, before leaving to coach Hofstra once again. His second stint with the Flying Dutchmen lasted five seasons and ended after the 1993–94 season. In 28 years as a college coach, he compiled an impressive 482-272 record.


As long as he was in contact with basketball, van Breda Kolff was happy, for the sport was as essential to him as air or water. “All I know is life isn’t much different than that game on the court,” he said in an article in the New York Daily News in the early 1980s. “If it’s run right—with precision, with good, honest effort—it’s a thing of beauty. I know what it looks like and that’s what keeps me going.”


Van Breda Kolff died August 22, 2007 at a nursing home in Spokane, Washington after a long illness.[1] Nickname: Location of Spokane in Spokane County and Washington Coordinates: , Country United States State Washington County Spokane Government  - Mayor Dennis P. Hession Area  - City  58. ...


References

  1. ^ ESPN: Ex-Lakers, Princeton coach Van Breda Kolff dies
Preceded by
Fred Schaus
Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach
1967–1969
Succeeded by
Joe Mullaney
Preceded by
Paul Seymour
Detroit Pistons Head Coach
1969–1971
Succeeded by
Terry Dischinger
Preceded by
Cotton Fitzsimmons
Phoenix Suns Head Coach
1972
Succeeded by
Jerry Colangelo
Preceded by
Bob Bass
Memphis Tams Head Coach
1973–1974
Succeeded by
Joe Mullaney
Preceded by
Elgin Baylor (interim)
New Orleans Jazz Head Coach
1974–1976
Succeeded by
Elgin Baylor

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Van Breda Kolff is calm when he needs to be, and once he called Hyland over for a quiet dressing-down after the captain got a little too rough.
SUNS: VBK…The Short Season (840 words)
Bill “Butch” van Breda Kolff was named head coach of the Suns on June 28, 1972.
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