Hall of Fame basketball coach Pete Newell, who began his college coaching career at USF and guided the Dons to the National Invitation Tournament in 1949, died Nov. 17. He was 93.
Newell began coaching basketball at USF in 1946. During his tenure, the Dons went 70-37 through 1950 and won the NIT when it was considered more prestigious than the NCAA tournament. It was at USF that Newell began putting a lasting mark on the game.
Following USF, Newell coached at Michigan State University before returning to the west coast to coach at UC Berkeley. He also coached the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team to a gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics.
After his coaching career ended, Newell ran a world-famous instructional basketball camp and served as a consultant and scout for several NBA teams. In 1979, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.