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Charles J. "Chuck" Daly

Enshrined 1994
St. Mary's, PA
July 20, 1930 - May 9, 2009

Biography

Chuck Daly gained worldwide fame as coach of the legendary Olympic Dream Team in 1992, but long before Barcelona and the gold medal, the twelve-year NBA coach was established as one of the game's premier mentors. A player's coach, Daly's success at all levels was built around his ability to take diverse personalities and create a harmonious, winning team. In 1983, the stylish Daly became coach of the Detroit Pistons, a club that had never before recorded back-to-back winning seasons. He led the Pistons to nine straight winning seasons and nine straight playoff appearances. With his NBA championships in 1989 and 1990, Daly became only the fifth coach in NBA history to win back-to-back championships. He is the also the first Hall of Fame coach to win both an NBA championship and an Olympic Gold Medal.

Career Highlights

Ivy League championship with Pennsylvania, 1972-75
NBA championships with Detroit Pistons, 1989, 1990
Led Detroit to three Eastern and Central Division titles, 1988-90
Coached U.S. to Olympic Gold Medal, 1992