John Dewitt Kuester, Jr. (pronounced: ( [1 ] ; QUE-ster / / ) (born February 6, 1955) is an American basketball coach and scout. [2 ]
He played in the
NBA from 1977 to 1980 and then coached in the college ranks before moving on to the NBA sidelines as an assistant. Kuester was named head coach of the Detroit Pistons on July 9, 2009. An agreement was made after the Pistons and their first choice, Avery Johnson, broke off contract talks. Kuester coached the Pistons for two seasons. [3 ]
He was a 6'2" (1.88 m) and 180 lb (82 kg)
guard and played collegiately with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels from 1973–77. [4 ] [5 ]
Playing career [ edit ]
High School [ edit ]
Kuester played four years at Benedictine for legendary coach Warren Rutledge. His senior year the Cadets were 33-1.
College [ edit ]
Kuester played four seasons with the
UNC Tar Heels under head coach Dean Smith, for whom he won two ACC championships and helped reach the NCAA Tournament four times, including an appearance in the 1977 NCAA Finals, in which they lost to [5 ] Marquette 67–59. In both his junior and senior year (1976 and 1977), Kuester was voted UNC's best defensive player. Also in his senior year, as was voted [6 ] Most Valuable Player of the ACC Tournament and the NCAA East Regionals. [5 ]
Professional [ edit ]
Kuester was selected with the 9th pick of the third round (53rd overall) in the
1977 NBA Draft by the Kansas City Kings. He played 78 games for them in 1977-78, averaging 4.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. In his second and third (and final) seasons he played with the [1 ] Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers, respectively.
Coaching career [ edit ]
After his playing days, Kuester began a basketball coaching career, volunteering as an assistant at the
University of Richmond in 1980 to 1981. From 1981 to 1983 he was an assistant to [5 ] Rick Pitino at Boston University, before succeeding him in 1983 as the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I. [2 ] [4 ] [5 ]
From 1985 to 1990 he was the head coach at
George Washington University. His 1988-1989 Colonials team compiled a 1-27 record, one of the worst ever in NCAA history. [5 ] [7 ]
He continued his career on the sidelines in the NBA, joining the
Boston Celtics in 1990 and serving as an assistant from 1995 to 1997, and from 1997 to 2003 an assistant for the [5 ] Philadelphia 76ers under head coach Larry Brown. In 2003-04, Kuester followed Brown to the Detroit Pistons where he also served as an assistant. In 2004-05 Kuester was an assistant with the New Jersey Nets, and returned to the 76ers once more in [4 ] 2005-06. In July 2006, Kuester was named as an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic. [8 ]
In August 2007, Kuester was named to
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown's staff, replacing the departing Kenny Natt. [9 ]
In July 2009, Kuester was hired as head coach of the
Detroit Pistons, replacing Michael Curry. [10 ]
On June 5, 2011, Kuester was fired from his position as head coach of the Detroit Pistons.
On June 29, 2011, Kuester was hired as an assistant coach for the
Los Angeles Lakers under new head coach Mike Brown. Since his days in Cleveland, this marked the second time Kuester has worked as an assistant coach under Brown.
On September 7, 2012, Kuester was named an advance scout for the Lakers.
Kuester and wife, Tricia, have a son, John III, and a daughter, Katelyn.
Katelyn ("Katie") played basketball at [5 ] St. Joseph's University. [13 ] [14 ]
Coaching record [ edit ]
Playoff win-loss %
5th in Central
4th in Central
^ a b John Kuester statistics, Basketball-Reference.com
^ a b Philadelphia 76ers Front Office Staff, nba.com PDF (1.35 ; retrieved August 14, 2007 MiB)
^ Sources: Pistons turn to Kuester
^ a b c Nets Name John Kuester Assistant Coach, July 23, 2004
^ a b c d e f g h Orlando Magic Basketball Operations @ nba.com PDF (2.63 ; retrieved August 14, 2007 MiB)
^ 1977 NCAA Basketball Tournament, shrpsports.com
^ Orlando magic hire John Kuester as assistant coach, July 6, 2006
^ Cavs interested in retired guard Allan Houston, ohio.com, published August 12, 2007
^ Kuester: 'There is no magic formula', espn.com, published July 10, 2009
^ Lakers hire Eddie Jordan, Steve Clifford and Bernie Bickerstaff as assistant coaches
^ Bayou Prospect Watch, hoopgurlz.com, by Glenn Nelson, posted July 28, 2007
^ SJU player profile
External links [ edit ]