Former Pomona-Pitzer Basketball Coach Gregg Popovich Leads San Antonio Spurs to Fourth NBA Championship
He's done it again. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who led the Pomona-Pitzer men's team for eight years before heading to the NBA, has lead his team to a fourth NBA Championship. The Spurs swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games.
Popovich coached Pomona-Pitzer men's basketball from 1979 to 1988, leading the team to its first outright title in 68 years. Then he jumped from Division III to the NBA, taking a job as an assistant coach at San Antonio. He took the Spur's top coaching job in 1994, but he still maintains close ties to Pomona-Pitzer hoops, as Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke noted the last time Popovich won a championship:
"... And when somebody dares break up the detailed basketball talk to ask him about Pomona-Pitzer, which happened in a press conference last season? “It was wonderful,” he said later adding, “It gave you a real breadth of experience ... that’s what I thought I would always do.”
He was then asked, did anything learned at Pomona-Pitzer apply to the NBA? A bold question, but one that could be answered by eight years’ worth of former Division III players who have delighted in seeing their nice little game carried to the sport’s grandest stage by a guy who has changed only the patches on his jacket.
“You might think I’m teasing you,” Poppo said, “but everything applies.”