Bob Cousy

Bob Cousy (born August 9, 1928)

Teams: Boston College Eagles, Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City-Omaha Kings
Boston College record: 114-38 (.750)
Overall record^: 114-38 (.750)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1967, 1968)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1968)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1969)
  • NIT Appearances:  0  (1965, 1966, 1969)


  • AP All-American:  3  (1948, 1949, 1950)
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted 1971 as a player)
  • National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted 2006 as a player)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1972-1974 Kansas City-Omaha Kings
1969-1972 Cincinnati Royals
1963-1969 Boston College

Bob Cousy Facts

  • Robert Joseph Cousy
  • Born August 9, 1928
  • Hometown: New York City, New York
  • Alma Mater: College of the Holy Cross (BA, 1950)
  • Grew up in Queens, developing into a star basketball player at Andrew Jackson HS in St. Albans
  • Went on to Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where he played for head coaches Doggie Julian and Buster Sheary
  • Drafted 3rd overall in the 1950 NBA Draft by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, but instead signed with the Boston Celtics
    • Won 6x NBA titles, was a 13x All-Star and 12x All-NBA in 13 seasons with the Celtics, all coached by Red Auerbach
    • In 1954, Cousy created the first players’ association in major North American sports and served as the NBPA’s first president from 1954-58
    • Considered one of the best players of his era, Cousy was honored on the NBA’s 25th, 35th and 50th Anniversary teams
    • His jersey number #14 was retired by the Celtics in 1971 upon his induction to the Naismith Hall of Fame
  • Went from the Celtics to Boston College in 1963, taking over as the head basketball coach
    • Led the Eagles for six seasons, finishing above .500 and reaching the postseason in all but the first year
    • After two-straight NCAA Tournament bids, his 1968-69 team won 24 games and finished a NIT Runner-up
  • Headed back to the NBA in 1969, becoming the head coach of the Cincinnati Royals (led by Oscar Robertson)
    • Coached the Royals – and later the Kansas City/Omaha Kings – for five years with little success
    • Briefly came out of retirement during the 1969-70 season to boost ticket sales; the stunt worked despite Cousy contributing very little in the 7 games in which he played
    • The team never reached the Playoffs under Cousy and he resigned 20 games into the 1973-74 season
  • Was the Commissioner of the American Soccer League from 1974-79 despite having little familiarity with the sport
  • Worked as a color analyst for the Celtics in the 1980s and later in a marketing position with the franchise
  • Since 2004, Holy Cross and the Naismith Hall of Fame have given the Bob Cousy Award to the nation’s best point guard
  • Along with his late wife, Missie, has two daughters

Bob Cousy Coaching Tree

  • John Block (Point Loma Nazarene, Gordon College, UC San Diego)
  • Bob Dukiet (Gannon, Marquette, Saint Peter’s)
  • Gerry Friel (New Hampshire)
  • Jim King (Tulsa)
  • Jim O’Brien (Emerson, Ohio State, Boston College, St. Bonaventure)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only