February 11, 1972 |
Haddon Heights, New Jersey
|High school||Bishop Eustace
(Pennsauken Township, New Jersey)
|1998–1999||La Salle (assistant)|
|1999–2001||U. S. Merchant Marine Academy|
|2011–2013||Villanova (associate HC)|
|2013–present||Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
William "Billy" Lange (born professional basketball coach currently serving as an assistant coach and director of player development with the Philadelphia 76ers. Prior to joining the 76ers, he was the associate head coach at Villanova University and head coach of the Navy Midshipmen. He is the son of William Lange, Sr., a history teacher and retired head boys' basketball coach for Lenape High School in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.February 11, 1972) is an American
Born in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, Lange played high school basketball at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey and then played collegiately at Rowan University. He started his coaching career with a single season at his alma mater, Bishop Eustace, replacing his father in the role.
In 1996, Lange began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant under the legendary Division II coach Herb Magee at Philadelphia University. After two seasons with Magee, Lange moved on to Division I ball, going crosstown and earning an assistant coaching job at La Salle University in 1998. While at La Salle, Lange helped the Explorers earn a 13–15 record during the 1998–99 season before being offered the head job at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.
Lange's first two years of collegiate head coaching were extremely successful. In his first season, Lange guided his Mariners to a 1999–2000 Skyline Conference regular season title and came up a game short in making the Division III NCAA Tournament, losing in the Skyline Conference tournament. However, the squad earned a record of 17–11, including a 13–3 mark in conference. Lange's second year at USMMA, however, would prove to be historic, as his team compiled a 22–8 record, including 15–1 in-conference. The 2000–01 Mariners won both the regular season and conference tournament championships, and made it all the way to the Division III Sweet 16, the first time a USMMA team had ever advanced beyond the first round of the tournament.
Consistent with his success at the Merchant Marine Academy, Lange returned to Division I ball when he accepted an assistant coaching position at Villanova University. From 2001 to 2004, Billy worked under Head Coach Jay Wright, while the Villanova Wildcasts enjoyed great success. While under Jay Wright, Lange learned the intangibles of how to win at college basketball's highest level. About Lange, Jay Wright was quoted as saying, "Billy Lange is one of the great young basketball coaches in the country."
Wright was not the only one to notice Lange's talent. Lange earned his first Division I head coaching assignment in 2004 as he became the coach at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Lange inherited a team that had gone only 5–23 the previous year. His teams showed improvement on the court, including a 16–14 record in 2007–08, the school's first winning season in seven years and a 19-11 mark in 2008–09.
Lange has a wife, Alicia, and four sons.
Lange left his post at Navy to rejoin Jay Wright as his associate head coach on May 9, 2011. After two seasons at Villanova, Lange was hired by the Philadelphia 76ers as a player development coach for the 2013-14 season. Prior to joining Brett Brown's staff, Lang reportedly turned down a head coaching opportunity with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the NBA Development League, or D-League, affiliate of the Houston Rockets.
Head coaching record
|Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (Skyline Conference) (1999–2001)|
|2000–01||USMMA||22–8||15–1||1st||Division III Sweet 16|
|Navy Midshipmen (Patriot League) (2004–2011)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Billy Lange.|
- "Billy Lange". NBA.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Billy Lange". navysports.com. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
- Billy Lange profile, CSTV. Accessed July 17, 2007. "A native of Haddon Heights, N.J., Lange played basketball at Bishop Eustace (N.J.) High School for his father, Bill Lange Sr., and at Rowan College before moving into the coaching ranks in 1995. In his first and only season as the head coach, taking over for his father who was in a life-threatening accident just one week into the season, Lange led Bishop Eustace to a 20-6 record and an appearance in the state New Jersey State Championship game."
- Billy Lange joins Villanova as assistant, accessed May 9, 2011
- O'Neil, Dana (2013-09-16). "Billy Lange turns down D-League position". ESPN. Retrieved 2015-05-25.