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Henry Bibby
Bibby in a game vs. Santa Clara, 1972
Personal information
Born (1949-11-24) November 24, 1949 (age 74)
Franklinton, North Carolina, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolB.F. Person-Albion
(Franklinton, North Carolina)
CollegeUCLA (1969–1972)
NBA draft1972: 4th round, 58th overall pick
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1972–1982
PositionPoint guard
Number17, 45, 14, 15, 10
Coaching career1981–2014, 2020
Career history
As player:
19721975New York Knicks
19751976New Orleans Jazz
19761980Philadelphia 76ers
1980–1981San Diego Clippers
1981–1982Lancaster Lightning
As coach:
1981–1982Lancaster Lightning (assistant)
19821985Arizona (assistant)
1985–1986Baltimore Lightning
1986Springfield Fame
1987New Jersey Jammers
1987–1991Savannah Spirits / Tulsa Fast Breakers
1991–1994Oklahoma City Cavalry
1995–1996USC (assistant)
2005Los Angeles Sparks
20062008Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)
20082013Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)
2013–2014Detroit Pistons (assistant)
2020Tijuana Zonkeys
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career statistics
Points5,775 (8.6 ppg)
Rebounds1,581 (2.3 rpg)
Assists2,259 (3.3 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Charles Henry Bibby (born November 24, 1949) is an American former professional basketball player who played for the New York Knicks, New Orleans Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, and San Diego Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also spent a season as a player-assistant coach for the Lancaster Lightning of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).

His brother, Jim Bibby, was a Major League Baseball pitcher, and his son, Mike Bibby, is a former NBA point guard.

Playing career[edit]

In 1969, Bibby shared MVP honors on the UCLA freshman team with guard Andy Hill, as Bibby was the squad's leading scorer (26.8 ppg).[1][2][3]

Bibby was a starting point guard as the UCLA Bruins won three straight national championships in 1970, 1971 and 1972, the Bruins' sixth consecutive under head coach John Wooden. Bibby helped lead the Bruins through the first 47 games of an 88-game winning streak and was named an All-American his senior year. He was one of only four players to have started on three NCAA championship teams; the others all played for Wooden at UCLA: Lew Alcindor, Curtis Rowe, and Lynn Shackelford.

In the 1972 NBA draft, Bibby was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Knicks and in the second round of the 1972 ABA Draft by the Carolina Cougars. Bibby opted to play for the Knicks and was with the team for two-and-a-half seasons, which included an NBA title in 1973.

Bibby spent nine seasons in the NBA, and was a part of the 1977 and 1980 Philadelphia 76ers teams that made the NBA Finals but lost both times.

Coaching career[edit]

Bibby started his coaching career in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and won two championships in 1982 and 1989. He coached the Winnipeg Thunder.

In 1996, he was named coach of the men's basketball team at the University of Southern California (USC), and kept that position for nine seasons. Bibby had an overall won-loss record of 131–111 at USC. He led his 1997, 2001 and 2002 teams to the NCAA tournament, including an "Elite Eight" appearance in 2001. He was fired four games into his ninth season.

In April 2005, he was named head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). After 28 games, he was replaced by his assistant coach, Joe Bryant.

On January 17, 2006, Bibby was hired by the Philadelphia 76ers as an assistant coach on Maurice Cheeks' staff and remained there until the end of the 2007–2008 season, when his contract was not renewed. In February 2009 he was hired by the Memphis Grizzlies as an assistant coach. He remained with the team until 2013, when he joined the Detroit Pistons' coaching staff.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Bibby is the brother of the late Jim Bibby (1944–2010), a former Major League Baseball pitcher, and is the father of Mike Bibby, who played in the NBA. Bibby and his son are one of four father-son duos to each win an NCAA basketball championship.[note 1][5] They were initially estranged after he divorced from his wife, leading Mike to publicly state "My father is not part of my life" after winning the NCAA title in 1997, but they later reconnected starting in 2002, the peak of Mike's NBA career.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
USC Trojans (Pacific-10 Conference) (1996–2004)
1995–96 USC 1–9 1–9 8th
1996–97 USC 17–11 12–6 T–2nd NCAA Division I First Round
1997–98 USC 9–19 5–13 8th
1998–99 USC 15–13 7–11 T–7th NIT First Round
1999–00 USC 16–14 9–9 6th
2000–01 USC 24–10 11–7 T–4th NCAA Division I Elite Eight
2001–02 USC 22–10 12–6 T–2nd NCAA Division I First Round
2002–03 USC 13–17 6–12 T–6th
2003–04 USC 13–15 8–10 6th
2004–05 USC 2–2
USC: 132–120 (.524) 71–83 (.461)
Total: 132–120 (.524)


  1. ^ The others are Marques and Kris Johnson, Scott and Sean May, and Derek and Nolan Smith.


  1. ^ "Bruin Basketball Report | UCLA Bruins Basketball: It Was Time To Call Coach".
  2. ^ Yaeger, Don; Wooden, John (2011). A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. p. 130. ISBN 9781608192687. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "John Wooden Alters UCLA Cage Attack". Tucson Daily Citizen. November 25, 1969. p. 24. Retrieved June 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.Open access icon
  4. ^ Detroit Pistons Finalize Coaching Staff
  5. ^ "Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler and a Crystal Ball Oliver Purnell Pursuing Greener Pastures Roy Halladay Deal Good for Baseball?". ESPN.com. April 6, 2010. Archived from the original on January 23, 2014.
  6. ^ Dwyre, Bill (2008-06-15). "Father's Day takes time". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2022-08-26.

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