Basketball: Pete Newell earns Lapchick honor

The late Cal coaching legend Pete Newell has been named as one of four recipients of the 2o12 Joe Lapchick Character Award.

The award is named after the Hall of Fame coach who served as coach at St. John’s University and the New York Knicks.

Newell will be honored along with Cathy Rush. C.M. Newton and Morgan Wooten at a luncheon at the New York Athletic Club in New York City on Nov. 15. The honorees will also be recognized that night at Madison Square Garden during the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Newell, who passed away in 2008, coached the Golden Bears for six seasons from the 1954-55 campaign to the 1959-60 season. He led Cal to an NCAA championship in 1959 with a 71-70 victory over West Virginia. In his final season, Newell guided the Bears back to the NCAA title game against Ohio State.

He posted a 119-44 record at Cal.

Newell was coach at the University of San Francisco and Michigan State prior to coming to Berkeley. He also coached the USA to a gold medal in the 1960 Olympic games.   

Newell was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978.


Jeff Faraudo