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Jan Michael van Breda Kolff (born December 16, 1951) is an American former college and professional basketball player and college basketball head coach. The son of coaching great Butch van Breda Kolff, V.B.K., as he was referred to, played from 1975 to 1983 for the Denver Nuggets, Kentucky Colonels, and Virginia Squires in the American Basketball Association, and the New York/New Jersey Nets in the National Basketball Association. From 1970-74 he played for Vanderbilt University, and in 1974 he led the Commodores to a Southeastern Conference championship as SEC Player of the Year. [1]

He also spent two years in Italy, from 1983 to 1985, helping Italian team Virtus Bologna win a championship.

Coaching career

Van Breda Kolff's tenure at St. Bonaventure ended abruptly in controversy late in the 2002-03 season. SBU admitted junior college transfer Jamil Terrell with only a welding certificate in lieu of necessary academic credentials. Van Breda Kolff denied any knowledge of the scandal. After learning that their team would be required to forfeit all games involving the ineligible player, SBU players elected to also forfeit their last two games. [3]

On April 25, 2007, he was named as one of three finalists to become the new head coach of UC Riverside's men's basketball program.

He is currently head coach of the Music City Stars in the American Basketball Association.


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