|Born||1940/1941 (age 78–79)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|1979–1981||Western Oregon State|
|1995–2008||UC Santa Barbara|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Gary Cunningham is an American former basketball player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head men's basketball coach at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1977 to 1979, guiding the UCLA Bruins to a 50–8 record in two seasons. UCLA won conference championships and finished with a #2 ranking in the final polls both seasons. Cunningham has the highest winning percentage of any coach in UCLA men's basketball history (.862).
Cunningham played basketball at UCLA on the varsity team from 1960 to 1962. He played in the first Final Four appearance for the Bruins in the 1962 NCAA Tournament. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on March 19, 1962. Cunningham was selected by the Cincinnati Royals in the seventh round as the 58th pick of the 1962 NBA draft.
Cunningham was an assistant coach at UCLA under John Wooden from 1965 to 1975. In 1965 he was the coach of the UCLA freshman team that featured high school All-Americans Lew Alcindor and Lucius Allen. The freshmen defeated the UCLA varsity, rated number-one in the nation, by a score of 75 to 60 in the first game ever played at Pauley Pavilion.
Head coaching record
|UCLA Bruins (Pacific-8/Pacific-10 Conference) (1977–1979)|
|1977–78||UCLA||25–3||14–0||1st||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|1978–79||UCLA||25–5||15–3||1st||NCAA Division I Elite Eight|
Postseason invitational champion