It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Pete Newell
The entire sports community was deeply saddened to hear the news that legendary basketball Coach Pete Newell passed away early Monday morning at the age of 93. JerseyChaser would like to send its condolences to the entire Newell family and would like to praise Coach Newell for all that he has given to the game of basketball and the sports world in general. He will always be a legend in our book and thousands of others.
Coach Newell remains only one of three head coach in basketball history to win an NCAA & NIT championship as well as an Olympic gold medal. Given his immense basketball lore it is important to note that Newell decided to shut it down as an “official” coach at the age of 44, in large part due to the daily stress that came with trying to run a high-level college program. He spent the rest of his life remaining an influential figure in the basketball landscape, always willing to offer his services to those in need.
I got a chance to attend his Annual Big Man Camp a few years back, which ended up being the last one held in Honolulu, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The camp allows big men to work on both their inside and outside skills, in a controlled environment, getting instructed by some of the most respected coaches that the world has to offer. All while Coach Newell floats around from group to group offering players advice comparable to Don Vito schooling Michael. When he talked, not only did you listen, you did exactly what he said because not doing it would be considered basketball blasphemy.
Coach Newell, you are loved and you will be missed bro. Put up a lighter, pour out some liquor, take a moment of silence – but pay your respect for a legend.