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Fred Schaus (born June 30, 1925 in Newark, Ohio) was a
basketball star, coach and athletic director for the West Virginia University
Mountaineers, player for the NBA's Fort Wayne
Pistons and New York Knicks, GM and coach for the
Angeles Lakers, coach of Purdue University basketball, and was
a member of the NCAA Basketball Committee.
Schaus played basketball at West
Virginia, where he earned the record of first to score 1,000
career points (1,009). He was also selected to the All-American
team in 1949.
Fort Wayne Pistons, New
Schaus left West Virginia to join the Fort Wayne Pistons in the 1949-1950 season.
He scored 14.3 points a game and a year later scored a career-best
15.3 points a game. He was selected to play in the first
NBA All-Star Game and scored eight points for the West.
However, he only averaged 14.1 points per game in 1952, and then in
1953 it dropped to 10.1 points per game.
He was traded to the New York Knicks halfway through the
1954 season and ended his NBA career that season
with 7.1 points per game average.
After his retirement from the NBA, Schaus returned to his alma mater to coach the
Mountaneers. In his first season, he led the Mountaineers to a
19-11 mark and an NCAA
tournament appearance. In the next five seasons, he posted an
amazing 127-26 (.831) record, which included five consecutive NCAA
tournament berths. He led WVU to the NCAA
finals in 1959, but lost to Pete Newell's California team,
After leaving NBA coaching and management in 1973, he returned
to the college ranks to coach at Purdue University, taking over for George King. He held a 105-59
overall record as the Boilermaker's head
coach, while leading them to the 1974 NIT
Championship. He then owned the distinction of being the only
coach to reach the NIT finals, NCAA finals, and the NBA Finals.
After 1981, Schaus returned to WVU to serve as the athletic
After the 1960 season, he left college coaching for the Los Angeles
Lakers and reunited with his former WVU star, Jerry West. Schaus guided
the Lakers to seven consecutive playoff appearances, including 4
Western Conference Championships in 5 years. (1962, 1963, 1965, and 1966) then in
1967 he left to the front office as the Lakers GM. He assembled the
Lakers, eventually winning the 1972 NBA Title.