Jan van Breda Kolff

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Jan van Breda Kolff
Personal information
Born (1951-12-16) December 16, 1951 (age 65)
Palos Verdes, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Palos Verdes
(Palos Verdes, California)
College Vanderbilt (1971–1974)
NBA draft 1974 / Round: 2 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career 1974–1985
Position Small forward
Number 32, 5, 20, 22
Career history
As player:
1974–1975 Denver Nuggets
1975–1976 Virginia Squires
1976 Kentucky Colonels
19761983 New York / New Jersey Nets
1983–1985 Granarolo Bologna
As coach:
1991–1993 Cornell
1993–1999 Vanderbilt
1999–2001 Pepperdine
2001–2003 St. Bonaventure
2008–2010 Nashville Broncs / Music City Stars
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points 3,696 (6.2 ppg)
Rebounds 2,572 (4.3 rpg)
Assists 1,178 (2.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jan Michael van Breda Kolff (born December 16, 1951) is an American former college and professional basketball player and college basketball head coach. The son of coach Butch van Breda Kolff and grandson of Dutch soccerplayer Jan van Breda Kolff, he played from 1975 to 1983 for the Denver Nuggets, Kentucky Colonels, and Virginia Squires in the American Basketball Association, and the New York/New Jersey Nets in the National Basketball Association. From 1970 to 1974 he played for Vanderbilt University, and in 1974 he led the Commodores to a Southeastern Conference championship as SEC Player of the Year.[1]

He also spent two years in Italy, from 1983 to 1985, helping Italian team Virtus Bologna win a championship.

Coaching career[edit]

Van Breda Kolff's tenure at St. Bonaventure ended abruptly in controversy late in the 2002–03 season. St. Bonaventure declared junior college transfer Jamil Terrell eligible to play without sitting out a year (as he would have been under NCAA rules if he had earned an associate degree), even though Terrell had only earned a welding certificate. Athletic director Gothard Lane had told school president Robert Wickenheiser that Terrell was ineligible to play that year. However, Wickenheiser, under prodding from his son Kort, who was also one of Van Breda Kolff's assistants, unilaterally declared Terrell eligible. School officials didn't seek guidance from the NCAA about Terrell's eligibility until the 2002–03 season was nearly over. The Bonnies were forced to forfeit every game in which Terrell played, and were also barred from the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament. In protest, the Bonnies players opted to sit out the last two games.[2][3] Van Breda Kolff denied knowing about the scandal, and was cleared of wrongdoing.[4]

On April 25, 2007, he was named as one of three finalists to become the new head coach of UC Riverside's men's basketball program.

Van Breda Kolff was named coach of the Nashville Broncos of the American Basketball Association in 2008. He stayed with the team through its name change to the Music City Stars, but lost his job when the team disbanded in 2010.


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