Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Peter Newell: University of California at Berkeley's Athletics and a Life in Basketball: Coaching Collegiate and Olympic Champions, Managing, Teaching, and Consulting in the NBA 1935-1995

Interviewee(s):
Newell, Peter
Interviewer(s):
Lage, Ann
Title:
Peter Newell: University of California at Berkeley's Athletics and a Life in Basketball: Coaching Collegiate and Olympic Champions, Managing, Teaching, and Consulting in the NBA 1935-1995
Abstract:
Boyhood, Los Angeles: Catholicism, sports, work as a child actor in Hollywood, 1920s; basketball under coach Jimmy Needles, Loyola University, Los Angeles, and influence of Jesuit teaching; novice coach at University of San Francisco, 1947-1950: defensive innovations, NIT championship; coach at Michigan State University, 1950-1954: Big Ten Conference styles, integrating the MSU team; UC Berkeley basketball coach, 1954-1960: memorable games and players, teaching and coaching strategies, NCAA championship games in 1959 and 1960, tensions of coaching; U.S. Olympic team coach, 1960; Cal athletic director, 1960-1968: removing athletics from ASUC control, campus unrest and recruiting, racial tensions in athletics, relations with alumni and campus administrators; general manager, San Diego Rockets, 1968-1971; Big Man Camp; L.A. Lakers general manager, 1972-1976; consultant for San Francisco Warriors, 1977-1986, and for Cleveland Cavaliers, 1986-: evaluating player potential, drafting and trading strategies; thoughts on the NBA and professional basketball today; teaching basketball in Japan; women in basketball. Appended interviews with Cal team members ROBERT J. DALTON, RICHARD L. DOUGHTY, TANDY GILLIS, and NED AVERBUCK.
Subject area(s):
Education, University of California
Interview date(s):
1994
Project:
Education and University of California - Individual Interviews
Oskicat record:
b11040910
Rights:
Newell, Peter. "Peter Newell: University of California at Berkeley's Athletics and a Life in Basketball: Coaching Collegiate and Olympic Champions, Managing, Teaching, and Consulting in the NBA 1935-1995." Interview by Ann Lage in 1994. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1997.