Bob Ociepka

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Bob Ociepka
Bob Ociepka in 2009.jpeg
Ociepka visits the White House in 2009 with the Chicago Bulls before the team's game against the Washington Wizards.
Personal information
Born 1948/1949 (age 67–68)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Career information
High school St. Mel (Chicago, Illinois)
College Quincy (1966–1970)
Coaching career 1970–2013
Career history
As coach:
1970–1979 Gordon Technical HS (asst.)
1979–1985 Gordon Technical HS
1985–1989 York HS
19891993 Indiana Pacers (asst.)
19931996 Los Angeles Clippers (asst.)
1996–1997 Philadelphia 76ers (asst.)
1998–1999 Detroit Pistons (asst.)
19992001 Cleveland Cavaliers (asst.)
20012003 Detroit Pistons (asst.)
20032006 Milwaukee Bucks (asst.)
20062008 Minnesota Timberwolves (asst.)
20082010 Chicago Bulls (asst.)
20102012 Portland Trail Blazers (asst.)
2012–2013 Los Angeles Clippers (asst.)

Robert Henry "Bob" Ociepka[1] is a former American basketball coach.

Early life[edit]

Ociepka was born in Chicago to an Italian American mother and Polish American father.[2] Ociepka grew up in the West Side district of Chicago.[3] After graduating from St. Mel High School, Ociepka played college basketball at Quincy University.

High school coaching career[edit]

After graduating from Quincy University in 1970, Ociepka became an assistant coach for Gordon Technical High School in Chicago. After nine seasons as assistant, Ociepka became head coach in 1979.[4][5] At Gordon Tech, Ociepka had a 128–43 record in six seasons and led Gordon to regional titles in his first four seasons and a spot in the state finals in his first season.[4] From 1985 to 1989, Ociepka was head coach at York Community High School in Elmhurst.[5] He was less successful at York, with a 27–50 record in his first three seasons.[6] In 2000, he was inducted into the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame for his contribution to prep sports.[7]

NBA career[edit]

While coaching high school basketball, Ociepka served as a part-time volunteer scout for the Detroit Pistons in the 1980s.

He was first hired as an assistant coach in January 1989 for the Indiana Pacers.[5] Ociepka has also served as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers from 1993 to 1996, the Philadelphia 76ers from 1996 to 1997, the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1999 to 2001, the Detroit Pistons from 1998 to 1999 and again from 2001 to 2003, the Milwaukee Bucks from 2003 to 2006, and the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2007 to 2008.[8]

Ociepka also served as an advance scout during the 1998 season for the Orlando Magic.[9]

From 2008 to 2010, Ociepka was an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls and rookie head coach Vinny Del Negro.[7] In 2010, following Del Negro's firing from the Bulls, Ociepka was hired as an assistant for the Portland Trail Blazers.[10]

During his time in the NBA, Ociepka has also written two books on basketball strategies. Basketball Playbook: Plays From the Pros was published in 1995 and Basketball Playbook 2: More Plays from the Pros was published in 2001.[9]

After serving as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers for the second time in his career, in the 2012–13 season, Ociepka retired from coaching.[11]


  1. ^ "Bulls visit with Obama at the White House. Report, photos, roster of attendees". Chicago Sun-Times. February 26, 2009. Archived from the original on November 25, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ Turner, Jamie (January 2, 2009). "The Q, with Bulls assistant coach (and former Cavs assistant) Bob Ociepka". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Eggers, Kerry (April 27, 2011). "Blazers Ociepka has a mob of lessons". Portland Tribune. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
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  5. ^ a b c Strom, Rich (January 18, 1989). "Pacers' New Assistant Is Prepared For Nba". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
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  7. ^ a b K.C. Johnson (2008-07-01). "Bulls Hire 2 Assistant Coaches". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on July 4, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Clippers name Ociepka assistant coach". Los Angeles Clippers. July 27, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2014. Ociepka, 63, has worked in the NBA for 22 years... 
  9. ^ a b Milwaukee Bucks (2005). "Bob Ociepka Profile". 
  10. ^ Quick, Jason (July 22, 2010). "Trail Blazers legend Buck Williams will be named to Nate McMillan's staff". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  11. ^ Torre, Pablo S. (March 5, 2014). "No such thing as a bad theory". ESPN. Retrieved November 20, 2014. The recently retired 65-year-old...