Popovich named to pro basketball hall of fame
Former Pomona-Pitzer head coach Gregg Popovich, already the winningest coach in NBA history, a winner of five NBA championships and an Olympic Gold Medal, added another accolade: hall of famer.
“This is unimaginable,” Popovich said during his induction speech. “I’m a division three guy, you know,” referencing his start as a head coach with Pomona-Pitzer’s men’s basketball program. The speech is viewable at YouTube.com.
Popovich began at Pomona-Pitzer in 1979, finishing 2-22. One of those losses, to Caltech, snapped a 99-game losing streak for the Beavers. Within his eight seasons, Popovich won the Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship title and reached the NCAA Division-III tournament.