Johnny Bach

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Johnny Bach
Personal information
Born (1924-07-10)July 10, 1924
Brooklyn, New York
Died January 18, 2016(2016-01-18) (aged 91)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school St. John's Preparatory
(New York City, New York)
College Fordham (1943–1947)
NBA draft 1948 / Round: -- / Pick: --
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 1948–1950
Position Small forward / Guard
Number 17
Coaching career 1950–2006
Career history
As player:
1948–1949 Boston Celtics
1949–1950 Hartford Hurricanes (ABL)
As coach:
1950–1968 Fordham
1968–1978 Penn State
19791983 Golden State Warriors (assistant)
1980,
19831986
Golden State Warriors
19861994 Chicago Bulls (assistant)
19941996 Charlotte Hornets (assistant)
19961998 Detroit Pistons (assistant)
20012003 Washington Wizards (assistant)
20032006 Chicago Bulls (assistant)
Career BAA statistics
Points 119 (3.5 ppg)
Assists 25 (0.7 apg)
Games played 34
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

John William "Johnny" Bach (July 10, 1924 – January 18, 2016) was an American professional basketball player and coach. A forward/guard, Bach played college basketball at Fordham University and Brown University. He was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 1948 Basketball Association of America (BAA) Draft, and played 24 games for the Celtics.

Career[edit]

In 1950 Bach became one of the nation's youngest head coaches at a major college when he took over the coaching job at Fordham. He spent 18 years there, taking seven Ram teams to post-season tourneys, before starting a long and successful coaching career at Penn State, where he joined three old friends from Brown; Rip Engle, Joe Paterno and Joe McMullen. Bach would later coach the Golden State Warriors for three years. He served as an interim coach in 1980, and then as the full-time coach from 1983 to 1986. In 1986 Bach joined the Chicago Bulls as an assistant. After the team won three championships from 1991 to 1993, Bach moved on to coaching jobs with the Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards. He returned to the Bulls in 2003, and retired in 2006.[1]

Later life[edit]

After retiring from basketball, Bach turned to painting. In 2007, thirty-two of his watercolors were put on display at the Sevan Gallery in Skokie, Illinois.[1] Bach died on January 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 91.[2] Bach's funeral was held two days later on January 20, 2016 at the Old St. Patrick's Church in Chicago. [3]

Head coaching record[edit]

College basketball[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Fordham Rams (Metropolitan New York Conference) (1950–1963)
1950–51 Fordham 20-8 3-3 2nd
1951–52 Fordham 20-8 3-3 4th
1952–53 Fordham 19-8 4-2 3rd NCAA First Round
1953–54 Fordham 18-6 3-1 2nd NCAA First Round
1954–55 Fordham 18-9 3-2 3rd
1955–56 Fordham 11-14 2-2 6th
1956–57 Fordham 16-10 2-2 T-3rd
1957–58 Fordham 16-9 1-3 6th NIT Quarterfinals
1958–59 Fordham 17-8 2-2 T-4th NIT First Round
1959–60 Fordham 8-18 1-3 5th
1960–61 Fordham 7-16 0-3 7th
1961–62 Fordham 10-14 1-3 T-5th
1962–63 Fordham 18-8 4-1 1st NIT First Round
Fordham Rams (Independent) (1963–1968)
1963–64 Fordham 9-11
1964–65 Fordham 15-12 NIT First Round
1965–66 Fordham 10-15
1966–67 Fordham 11-14
1967–68 Fordham 19-8 NIT Quarterfinals
Fordham: 265–193 (.579) 29–30 (.492)
Penn State Nittany Lions (Independent) (1968–1976)
1968–69 Penn State 13-9
1969–70 Penn State 13-11
1970–71 Penn State 10-12
1971–72 Penn State 17-8
1972–73 Penn State 15-8
1973–74 Penn State 14-12
1974–75 Penn State 11-12
1975–76 Penn State 10-15
Penn State Nittany Lions (Eastern Collegiate Basketball League) (1976–1977)
1976–77 Penn State 11-15 5-5 T-1st
Penn State Nittany Lions (Eastern Athletic Association) (1977–1978)
1977–78 Penn State 8-19 4-6 T-2nd
Penn State: 122–121 (.502) 9–11 (.450)
Total: 387–314(.552)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Professional basketball[edit]

Legend
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 %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
GSW 1979–80 21 6 15 .286 6th in Pacific - - - - Missed Playoffs
GSW 1983–84 82 37 45 .451 5th in Pacific - - - - Missed Playoffs
GSW 1984–85 82 22 60 .268 6th in Pacific - - - - Missed Playoffs
GSW 1985–86 82 30 52 .366 6th in Pacific - - - - Missed Playoffs
Career 267 95 172 .356 - - - .-

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shamus Tooney. "From courtside to art gallery - Bulls' Bach shows off watercolors". Chicago Sun-Times. September 20, 2007. 12.
  2. ^ K. C. Johnson (January 18, 2016). "Former Bulls assistant coach Johnny Bach dies". Chicago Tribune.com. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bulls greats pay their respects at Johnny Bach's funeral". Chicago Tribune. 2016-01-20. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 

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