Class of 1994 Hall of Famer, Chuck Daly passed away on Saturday morning at his home in Jupiter, Florida at the age of 78.
Hall of Fame CEO and President John Doleva enjoyed Coach Daly's stories and memories at annual Enshrinements, where Daly was a fixture. "Chuck Daly was the epitome of a Hall of Fame Coach. He had success at all levels... high school, college, the NBA with back-to-back Championships, and as the Coach of the 1992 "Dream Team" Gold Medal winning basketball team. He loved the game and left basketball in a much better place. He will be sadly missed by all but especially by his Hall of Fame family."
Daly, born on July 20, 1930 in St. Mary's, Pennsylvania, spent his entire life in the game of basketball. He began his coaching career at Punxsutawney (PA) High School before becoming an assistant coach at Duke University. He then became head coach at Boston College and later the University of Pennsylvania, where he dominated the Ivy League. In 1978, Daly moved on to the professional ranks where his career skyrocketed over the next two decades. Winning the Gold Medal at the 1992 Olympics punctuated his wonderful legacy and revealed his uncanny knack for taking the greatest players and making them better.
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.