Daly in 2006
July 20, 1930|
St. Marys, Pennsylvania
|Died||May 9, 2009
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Kane (Kane, Pennsylvania)|
|1978–1981||Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)|
|1992–1994||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Basketball Hall of Fame as coach|
|College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006
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 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team ("The Dream Team") to the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Daly is a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, being inducted in 1994 for his individual coaching career, and in 2010 was posthumously inducted as the head coach of the "Dream Team". The Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award is named after him.
Born in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, to Earl and Geraldine Daly on July 20, 1930, Daly attended Kane Area High School in nearby Kane. He matriculated at St. Bonaventure University for one year before transferring to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1952. After serving two years in the military, he began his basketball coaching career in 1955 at Punxsutawney Area High School in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
After compiling a 111–70 record in eight seasons at Punxsutawney High School, Daly moved on to the college level in 1963 as an assistant coach under Vic Bubas at Duke University. During his six seasons at Duke, the Blue Devils won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and advanced to the Final Four, both in 1964 and 1966. Daly then replaced Bob Cousy as head coach at Boston College in 1969. The Eagles recorded an 11–13 record in Daly's first year at the school, and improved to 15–11 in 1971.
Daly became the head coach at the University of Pennsylvania in 1971, succeeding Dick Harter. Penn won twenty or more games and captured the Ivy League title in each of its first four seasons with Daly at the helm. The most successful campaign was his first in 1972, when the Quakers recorded a 25–3 record overall (13–1 in their conference), and advanced to the NCAA East Regional Final, eventually losing to North Carolina. An additional significant success for Daly was in 1979, when all five starters on Pennsylvania's Final Four team had initially been recruited by Daly. His overall record after six seasons at Penn was 125–38 (74–10 within the Ivy League).
NBA and national team career
In 1978, Daly joined the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers as an assistant coach. During the 1981 season, the Cleveland Cavaliers hired him as the third head coach that season, but was fired with a 9-32 record before the season ended.  He then returned to the 76ers as a broadcaster until he was hired in 1983 by the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons, a club that had never recorded back-to-back winning seasons before Daly's tenure, made the NBA playoffs each year he was head coach (1983–1992), as well as reaching the NBA finals three times, winning two consecutive NBA championships in 1989 and 1990. While serving as the Pistons coach, Daly was also a color commentator for TBS's NBA Playoff coverage.
Daly was named head coach of the U.S. Dream Team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics, before moving his NBA career onto the New Jersey Nets for the 1992-93 NBA season. Daly stayed with the Nets for two seasons, before his first retirement.
Daly again took up a role as color commentator for TNT's NBA coverage during the mid-1990s before coming out of retirement to coach the Orlando Magic at the beginning of the 1997-98 season. Daly stayed two seasons with the Magic and then retired permanently.
Daly was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2009 and died on May 9, 2009, at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife Terry and their daughter Cydney. He is buried at Riverside Memorial Park in Tequesta, Florida.
Head coaching record
|Boston College Eagles (NCAA University Division independent) (1969–1971)|
|Penn Quakers (Ivy League) (1971–1977)|
|1971–72||Penn||25–3||13–1||1st||NCAA Third Round|
|1972–73||Penn||21–7||12–2||1st||NCAA Third Round|
|1973–74||Penn||21–6||13–1||1st||NCAA First Round|
|1974–75||Penn||23–5||13–1||1st||NCAA First Round|
National champion Postseason invitational 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 %|
|Detroit||1983–84||82||49||33||.598||2nd in Central||5||2||3||.400||Lost in First Round|
|Detroit||1984–85||82||46||36||.561||2nd in Central||9||5||4||.566||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|Detroit||1985–86||82||46||36||.561||3rd in Central||4||1||3||.250||Lost in First Round|
|Detroit||1986–87||82||52||30||.634||2nd in Central||15||10||5||.667||Lost in Conf. Finals|
|Detroit||1987–88||82||54||28||.659||1st in Central||23||14||9||.609||Lost in NBA Finals|
|Detroit||1988–89||82||63||19||.768||1st in Central||17||15||2||.882||Won NBA Championship|
|Detroit||1989–90||82||59||23||.720||1st in Central||20||15||5||.750||Won NBA Championship|
|Detroit||1990–91||82||50||32||.610||2nd in Central||15||7||8||.467||Lost in Conf. Finals|
|Detroit||1991–92||82||48||34||.585||3rd in Central||5||2||3||.400||Lost in First Round|
|New Jersey||1992–93||82||43||39||.524||3rd in Atlantic||5||2||3||.400||Lost in First Round|
|New Jersey||1993–94||82||45||37||.549||3rd in Atlantic||4||1||3||.250||Lost in First Round|
|Orlando||1997–98||82||41||41||.500||5th in Atlantic||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|Orlando||1998–99||50||33||17||.660||1st in Atlantic||4||1||3||.250||Lost in First Round|
- "Chuck Daly, Pistons Coach, Dies at 78". New York Times. May 9, 2009. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
Daly played basketball at St. Bonaventure and at Bloomsburg (Pa.) State College ...
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2015-03-11.
- "Pat Riley Receives Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award". Interlink Magazines, LLC. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
- Official NBA Register. 2003–04 Edition. St. Louis, MO: The Sporting News, 2003.
- "Former Duke Assistant/NBA Coaching Legend Chuck Daly Passes Away," Duke University Sports Information Department, Saturday, May 9, 2009.
- Boston College 2008–09 Men's Basketball Media Guide.
- University of Pennsylvania 2008–09 Men's Basketball Media Guide.
- "Chuck Daly Passes Away at Age 78," University of Pennsylvania Athletics, Saturday, May 9, 2009.
- Find a Grave Record