BERKELEY, Calif. -- Pete Newell, the Hall of Fame basketball coach who won an NCAA championship and Olympic gold medal and later
tutored some of the game's greatest big men, died Monday. He was
The University of California confirmed his death. Newell coached
the Bears to a national title in 1959. No details were available,
but Newell had a serious lung operation in 2005.
Newell coached 14 years at San Francisco, Michigan State and
California before doctors advised him to give it up because of the
emotional toll. His final coaching job came in the 1960 Olympics,
when he took a U.S. team led by Oscar Robertson, Jerry West and
Jerry Lucas to a gold medal in Rome.
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