Bill Blair (basketball)

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Bill Blair
Personal information
Born March 17, 1942
Nationality American
Career information
High school Randolph-Macon Academy
College Virginia Military Institute
NBA draft 1964 / Round: 14 / Pick: 97th overall
Selected by the St. Louis Hawks
Coaching career 1982–1986
Career history
As coach:
1983 New Jersey Nets
19941996 Minnesota Timberwolves

William Henry "Bill" Blair, Jr. (born March 17, 1942) is an American retired basketball coach. Blair worked three seasons in the National Basketball Association, first as an interim head coach for the New Jersey Nets, and later with the Minnesota Timberwolves for a season and a half in the 1980s.[1] He also served as a college coach for nine seasons with the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Colorado.

Blair is a 1960 graduate of Randolph-Macon Academy where he starred on the best basketball team the school ever had.[citation needed] He made the starting 5 as a sophomore and was the high scorer his senior year in a season when they lost only one game which he and three other starters missed. When next they played the same school they doubled their opponent's point total.[citation needed] He scored 49 points in one game which is the school record. He played college ball at VMI where he led them to their first NCAA appearance as their high scorer. In 1964 Blair was drafted by the St. Louis Hawks with the 97th overall pick in the 14th round.[2] While in the Army serving in Korea, he coached the Korean Olympic team.[citation needed]

Later as VMI's head coach, Blair led the Keydets to an NCAA tournament berth and an Elite 8 appearance.[3] After a five-year stint with the Colorado Buffaloes, he became an assistant under Kevin Loughery with the Bullets, Bulls and Nets. After a stint as the interim head coach of the Nets he became the head coach of the Timberwolves.[1] He is now retired.

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
VMI Keydets (Southern Conference) (1972–1976)
1972–73 VMI 7–19 3–9 8th
1973–74 VMI 6–18 3–9 7th
1974–75 VMI 13–13 6–6 T–4th
1975–76 VMI 22–10 9–3 1st NCAA Elite 8
VMI: 48–60 21–27
Colorado Buffaloes (Big Eight Conference) (1976–1981)
1976–77 Colorado 11–16 5–9 6th
1977–78 Colorado 9–18 3–11 8th
1978–79 Colorado 14–13 4–10 8th
1979–80 Colorado 17–10 7–7 5th
1980–81 Colorado 16–12 5–9 6th
Colorado: 67–69 24–46
Total: 115–129

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion



Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
New Jersey 1982–83 6 2 4 .333 3rd in Atlantic Missed playoffs
Minnesota 1994–95 82 21 61 .256 6th in Midwest Missed playoffs
Minnesota 1995–96 20 6 14 .300 (fired)
Career 108 29 79 .269