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John William (Johnny) Bach (born July 10, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former professional basketball player and coach. A 6'2" forward/guard, Bach played collegiately at Fordham University and Brown. He was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 1948 Basketball Association of America (BAA) Draft, and played 24 games for the Celtics.

In 1950 he became one of the nation's youngest head coaches at a major college when he took over the coaching job at Fordham. He spent 18 years there, taking seven Ram teams to post-season tourneys, before starting a long and successful coaching career at Penn State, where he joined three former Brown friends - Rip Engle, Joe Paterno, and Joe McMullen.

Bach would later coach the Golden State Warriors for over three years. He served as an interim coach briefly in 1980, and then as the full-time coach from 1983 to 1986.

In 1986, Bach joined the Chicago Bulls as an assistant. After the team won three straight championships from 1991 to 1993, Bach moved on to coaching jobs with the Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, and Washington Wizards. He returned to the Bulls in 2003, and retired in 2006.[1]

After retiring from basketball, Bach turned to painting. In 2007, thirty-two of his watercolors were put on display at the Sevan Gallery in Skokie, Illinois.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Shamus Tooney. "From courtside to art gallery - Bulls' Bach shows off watercolors". Chicago Sun-Times. September 20, 2007. 12.

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Preceded by
Al Attles
Golden State Warriors head coach
1980
Succeeded by
Al Attles
Preceded by
Al Attles
Golden State Warriors Head Coach
1983–1986
Succeeded by
George Karl
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