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Chuck Daly biography

Date of birth : 1930-07-20
Date of death : 2006-05-09
Birthplace : St. Marys, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-07-19
Credited as : Basketball coach, coached The Detroit Pistons basketball team, coach in the Basketball Hall of fame

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Charles Jerome "Chuck" Daly (July 20, 1930 – May 9, 2009) was an American basketball head coach. He led the Detroit Pistons to consecutive National Basketball Association (NBA) Championships in 1989 and 1990, and the Dream Team to the men's basketball gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. He had a 14-year NBA coaching career.

Charles J. "Chuck" Daly is the only coach in the Basketball Hall of Fame to win both an Olympic gold medal and a National Basketball Association (NBA) championship. Lauded as a player's coach, Daly worked his way up from college player to high school coach to college coach, then moved on to coach NBA teams. He is perhaps best known for his work with the Detroit Pistons, which he led to nine straight winning seasons. His career successes and ability to meld diverse players into a successful team landed him the job of coach of basketball's Dream Team for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. During his 30 years of coaching, he was known as one of the most respected coaches in the NBA.

The Detroit Pistons, a club that had never recorded back-to-back winning seasons, hired Chuck Daly in 1983. The Pistons got into the playoffs every year he was there and reached the NBA finals three years in a row, winning two consecutive championships, in 1989 and 1990. Daly, who retired from coaching the first time, after the 1993-94 season with the New Jersey Nets, coached a total of 14 NBA seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets and Orlando Magic. He compiled a 564-379 (.598) career record, 13th best among all coaches and ninth best by percentage. On the combined NBA/ABA victory list, Daly's 564 wins places him 17th all-time. His 74-48 playoff record, which includes back-to-back NBA championships ranks fourth best in NBA history by wins and eighth best by percentage (.607). He is the only Hall of Fame coach to win both an NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal.

In the strictest sense, Chuck Daly is a player's coach. His success at all levels of competition has been built around taking diverse personalities and creating a harmonious, successful team. Daly had started his coaching career at Punxsutawney High School, the home of the famous ground hog Phil, in Pennsylvania. He was a high school coach for seven years, then became an assistant at Duke University. He spent two years as head coach at Boston College, before going to the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. Daly guided Penn to four Ivy League championships and two second-place finishes in six years. He compiled a 151-62 record in eight college seasons, including four straight 20-win seasons at Penn.

In 1978, Daly joined the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers as an assistant coach. During the 1981 season, he was hired as head coach by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but was fired before the season ended. He then returned to the 76ers as a broadcaster until he was hired in 83' by the Pistons. He gained worldwide notoriety as coach of the famed Olympic Dream Team, but long before Barcelona and the gold medal, Daly had established himself as one of the game's premier coaches. Daly was coach of the U. S. "Dream Team" that swept to an easy gold medal at the 1992 Olympics. He had resigned from the Detroit job and was hired by the NBA's New Jersey Nets that fall. After two seasons with the Nets, Daly retired. However, he returned to coaching in 1997 with the Orlando Magic. Daly spent two more seasons in Orlando before retiring permanently at the end of the 1998-99 season.

Some of his accomplishements are:

* Coached back to back NBA championship teams
* One of only 7 coaches to win back-to-back NBA championships.
* Elected to the NBA Hall of Fame
* Coached a total of 14 NBA seasons
* Pistons registered five 50-plus win seasons
* Won three Central Division titles
* Winning record is 13th best among all coaches and ninth best by percentage
* Playoff record is fourth best in NBA history by wins and eighth best by percentage
* 14 year NBA coaching career
* Coached U.S. to Olympic gold medal (1992) with the first "Dream Team"
* Only Hall of Fame coach to win both an NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal
* Compiled a 151-62 record in eight college seasons
* Guided Penn to four Ivy League championships
* Four straight 20-win seasons at Penn

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