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BobZag
08-23-2007, 10:31 AM
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Former college and professional basketball coach Butch van Breda Kolff, who twice led the Los Angeles Lakers to the NBA Finals and coached Bill Bradley at Princeton, has died after a long illness.

Van Breda Kolff, 84, died Wednesday afternoon at a nursing home in Spokane, his daughter, Kristina Van Breda Kolff, said.

He posted a 482-272 coaching record in 28 college seasons and was 287-316 in 10 seasons as an NBA and ABA coach. He took six teams to the NCAA Tournament at a time when tournament berths were much scarcer, and won seven conference titles.

Willem Hendrik van Breda Kolff was born Oct. 28, 1922, in Montclair, N.J. He attended Princeton University, but his college career was interrupted by duty with the Marines in World War II.

He returned from the war to become captain of Princeton's basketball team in the 1946-47 season and played for the New York Knicks from 1946-1950.

Van Breda Kolff began his coaching career at Lafayette in 1951 and went on to coach Hofstra, Princeton and New Orleans. He went 103-31 at Princeton, winning four Ivy League titles, and led Hofstra to a 23-1 record in 1959-60. He ranks 74th all-time in college wins.

In the professional ranks, he was a success right away, leading a Lakers team with Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain to the NBA Finals two years in a row, where they lost to the Boston Celtics. His pro résumé included stops in Detroit (1969-72), Phoenix (part of the 1972-73 season), the Memphis Tams of the ABA (1973-74), the New Orleans Jazz (1974-77) and the New Orleans Pride of the Women's Basketball League from 1979-81.

Van Breda Kolff and his wife Florence, who died in 2005, had three daughters, Karen, Kristina and Kaatje. Their son Jan is a former professional player and college head coach at Cornell, Vanderbilt, Pepperdine and St. Bonaventure.

MDABE80
08-23-2007, 10:34 AM
BZ ya find out the darndest things! Of all people, I ran into Spencer Davis "Gimme some lovin" ie the Spencer David Group from the 60's the other day. He's living out in Brown's Addition.

PilotNut
08-23-2007, 11:43 AM
... Ben Stein at GEG when I flew home after visiting earlier this month; he was flying to Seattle. But I dont think he lives in Spokane. :)

Zagguy
08-23-2007, 11:49 AM
Lives in Sandpoint

zagco
08-23-2007, 09:13 PM
Anyone, anyone. Buehler, Buehler....

zagirl2k
08-23-2007, 09:33 PM
Is there some sort of secret society of retired basketball coaches in Spokane that no one knows about? The city seems to attract them.

SteelCityZag
08-24-2007, 05:37 AM
Not to diminish the record of the father, but Jan van Breda Kolf was the guy who brought down St. Bonaventure's program a few years back. You remember the guy that was accepted as a JC transfer who had no AA degree, but merely a welding certificate. Jan hired the president's of the university's son as as direct connect to okay shady deals. The president also stepped down as a result of the scandal.

It's sad because Mrs. SteelCity is alumna of that fine university.

Vanzagger
08-24-2007, 10:06 PM
how can I be da man when you da man?

LongIslandZagFan
08-27-2007, 06:43 AM
Not to diminish the record of the father, but Jan van Breda Kolf was the guy who brought down St. Bonaventure's program a few years back. You remember the guy that was accepted as a JC transfer who had no AA degree, but merely a welding certificate. Jan hired the president's of the university's son as as direct connect to okay shady deals. The president also stepped down as a result of the scandal.

It's sad because Mrs. SteelCity is alumna of that fine university.

Remember that well. Was going to post the same exact thing.