Pete Newell to Receive Wooden Humanitarian Award

Sept. 16, 2003

BERKELEY - Basketball Hall of Fame member Pete Newell and his late wife, Florence, will be honored with the second annual Nell and John Wooden Humanitarian Award for Lifetime Coaching Achievement Oct. 2 in Boise, Idaho. Wooden, honored last fall, was the first recipient of the award, which acknowledges contributions of the spouse to a coach's successes.

Newell was the first of only three men to win an unprecedented basketball coaching 'Triple Crown' - NIT and NCAA titles, and an Olympic Gold medal. His 1960 Olympic team included fellow Hall of Fame inductees Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas, among 10 future NBA stars. Newell also served as a college, Olympic and NBA administrator, and in recent years, has conducted clinics around the world, including his annual Big Man Camp.

Newell served as head coach at Cal from 1954-60 and compiled a 119-44 record. He guided the Bears to four conference titles and NCAA Tournament berths. His 1959 squad captured the NCAA championship, while his 1960 team was the national runner-up.

After his retirement from coaching, Newell was Cal's Athletic Director from 1960-68. He later served as general manager of the San Diego/Houston Rockets (1968-72) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1972-76), among other positions with NBA teams.

Newell, 88, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1978 in to the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.

The award ceremony is scheduled Oct. 2 at the Morrison Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Boise State University. Former players from Newell's Cal and Olympic championship teams, along with coaching peers and friends, including Bob Knight, Marv Harshman and Stan Morrison, will be on hand to pay tribute.

Information on the Award Ceremony and an Oct. 3 golf event are available at the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, 855 Broad Street, Suite 100 in Boise, (208) 343-7224, or by email at

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