Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Johnny Bach

John William Bach


Born:
July 10, 1924
Brooklyn, NY

Died:
January 18, 2016
Chicago, IL


Career
1940-41 St. John's Prep - Brooklyn (High School)
1941-42 St. John's Prep - Brooklyn (High School)
1942-43 Fordham University (College)
1943-44 Rochester University (College)
1946-47 Fordham University (College)
1947-48 Fordham University (College)
1948-49 Boston Celtics (BAA)
1950-51 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1951-52 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1952-53 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1953-54 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1954-55 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1955-56 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1956-57 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1957-58 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1958-59 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1959-60 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1960-61 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1961-62 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1962-63 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1963-64 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1964-65 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1965-66 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1966-67 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1967-68 Fordham University (College) Head coach
1968-69 Penn State University (College) Head coach
1969-70 Penn State University (College) Head coach
1970-71 Penn State University (College) Head coach 
1971-72 Penn State University (College) Head coach
1972-73 Penn State University (College) Head coach 
1973-74 Penn State University (College) Head coach
1974-75 Penn State University (College) Head coach 
1975-76 Penn State University (College) Head coach
1976-77 Penn State University (College) Head coach 
1977-78 Penn State University (College) Head coach
1979-80 Golden State Warriors (NBA) Head coach / assistant coach
1980-81 Golden State Warriors (NBA) Assistant coach
1981-82 Golden State Warriors (NBA) Assistant coach
1982-83 Golden State Warriors (NBA) Assistant coach
1983-84 Golden State Warriors (NBA) Head coach
1984-85 Golden State Warriors (NBA) Head coach
1985-86 Golden State Warriors (NBA) Head coach 
1988-89 Chicago Bulls (NBA) Assistant coach
1989-90 Chicago Bulls (NBA) Assistant coach
1990-91 Chicago Bulls (NBA) Assistant coach
1991-92 Chicago Bulls (NBA) Assistant coach
1992-93 Chicago Bulls (NBA) Assistant coach
1993-94 Chicago Bulls (NBA) Assistant coach
1994-95 Charlotte Hornets (NBA) Assistant coach
1995-96 Charlotte Hornets (NBA) Assistant coach
1996-97 Detroit Pistons (NBA) Assistant coach 
1997-98 Detroit Pistons (NBA) Assistant coach
2000-01 Washington Wizards (NBA) Assistant coach
2001-02 Washington Wizards (NBA) Assistant coach 
2002-03 Washington Wizards (NBA) Assistant coach
2003-04 Chicago Bulls (NBA) Assistant coach  

Bach entered the Navy to serve his county in World War 2, and was able to play at Rochester University while in training. He was then sent to Brown. After the war, Bach returned to Fordham (with extended eligibility due to his military service) and after graduation, played half a season for the Boston Celtics. He moved on to coaching, taking the Fordham job where he stayed until 1968 when he became the head coach at Penn State. He took an assistant job in the NBA at Golden State in 1979, and was the interim head coach when Al Attles was fired. Bach returned to assistant status when Attles was brought back in the off-season, but Bach took over the top job permanently a few seasons later when Attles was fired again. He then became an assistant for the Bulls, during the reign of Michael Jordan. He continued as an assistant coach for a few more season before retiring after the 2004 season. Bach was a well-respected expert on the defensive side of the game.
Bach was a talent artist, and with water colors as his medium, had made quite a name for himself in the artistic community. He died in 2016 following a stroke. He had six children.

Source:
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 1, 1944
Chicago Tribune Obituary, January 18, 2016
NY Post Obituary

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/bachjo01.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=bachjo01

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