Peter F. "Pete" Newell

Enshrined 1979
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
August 31, 1915 - November 17, 2008


Peter Newell had an amazing aptitude for evaluating talent and creating innovative coaching techniques. A master tactician, Newell established a system of tight, aggressive defense combined with a disciplined, patterned offense. Newell's coaching career began at the University of San Francisco in 1946. He is one of only three coaches in history to win an unprecedented "Triple Crown," a NIT, NCAA, and Olympic Championship. In fourteen seasons at San Francisco, Michigan State, and California at Berkeley, Newell compiled an impressive record. His California teams won four consecutive Pac-8 titles (1957-60). Through his coaching seminars, film programs, clinics, and Big Man Camp, Pete has brought his uncanny ability to teach basketball worldwide. In retirement, Newell has served the NBA as a scout, General Manager, and Director of Player Development. Considered "America's Basketball Guru," Newell is the man who dozens of pros seek when they need an expert opinion.

Career Highlights

NCAA Championship at California, 1959
NIT Championship at San Francisco, 1949
Olympic Gold Medal, 1960
National Coach of the Year, 1960