Monday, April 4, 2016

Richie Niemiera

John Richard "Richie" Niemiera


Born:
May 26, 1921
Chicago, IL

Died:
December 27, 2003
Berwyn, IL


Career
1937-38 Weber High School - Chicago (High School)
1938-39 Weber High School - Chicago (High School)
1939-40 Weber High School - Chicago (High School)
1940-41 Notre Dame (College)
1941-42 Notre Dame (College)
1942-43 Notre Dame (College)
1943-44 Camp Grant - Wisconsin (Military)
1944-45 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)
1945-46 Wilmington Blue Bombers (ABL)
1946-47 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (NBL)
1947-48 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (NBL)
1948-49 Fort Wayne Pistons (BAA)
1949-50 Anderson Packers (NBA)
1950-51 Anderson Packers (NPBL)
1951-52 Weber High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1952-53 Weber High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1953-54 Weber High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1954-55 Weber High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1955-56 Weber High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1956-57 Weber High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1957-58 Weber High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1958-59 Little Flower High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1959-60 Little Flower High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1960-61 Little Flower High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1961-62 Little Flower High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1962-63 Little Flower High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1963-64 Little Flower High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1964-65 Little Flower High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1965-66 Little Flower High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1966-67 Little Flower High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1967-68 Little Flower High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1968-69 Little Flower High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1969-70 Little Flower High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1970-71 Little Flower High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1971-72 Little Flower High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1972-73 Little Flower High School - Chicago (High School) - Head coach
1973-74 DeLaSalle High School - Chicago (High School) - Asst coach

His college career interrupted by World War 2, Niemiera played professional basketball for a few years before leaving to coach in the Chicago area for many years. He retired from DLS in 1987.

He appeared in a few games for the Wilmington Bombers under the name Johnny Mera.

He married Lillian Turminski and they had two sons, Michael and Richard.
Source:
Obituary, Chicago Tribune, December 31, 2003
Surburan Ecomomist, April 4, 1973


Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/n/niemijo01n.html
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/n/niemiri01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=niemiri01

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