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Alfred A. "Al" Bianchi was born on March 26, 1932, in Long Island City, New York. He was an American professional basketball player and coach.

Bianchi attended P.S. 4 elementary school, and he graduated from Long Island City High School in 1950. A Korean War veteran and a 1954 graduate of Bowling Green State University, he was voted an all-America basketball player. Beginning in 1956, Bianchi played ten seasons for the Syracuse Nationals (which became the Philadelphia 76ers in 1963). In 1966, he was hired as the Chicago Bulls' first assistant coach, and, from 1967 to 1969, he served as the first head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics, compiling a 53-111 record. Bianchi coached the Washington Caps and the Virginia Squires of the American Basketball Association from 1969 through 1975. Bianchi also served as the Squires' general manager. [1][2]

In 1971, Bianchi was named ABA Coach of the Year for guiding the Squires to the ABA's Eastern Division championship with a record of 55-29 (.655). The Squires also won a play-off game over the New York Nets in the Eastern Division semifinals, but, in the Eastern Division finals, the Squires lost to the Kentucky Colonels, four games to two.[3]

He served as the general manager for the New York Knicks from 1987 to 1991.

Bianchi is an avid fan of the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA, and holds a pair of courtside season tickets for Mercury home games.


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Preceded by
Seattle SuperSonics head coach
Succeeded by
Lenny Wilkens
Preceded by
Virginia Squires Head Coach
Succeeded by
Bill Musselman

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