Dick Kuchen

Dick Kuchen (born June 22, 1944)

Teams coached: California Golden Bears, Yale Bulldogs
California record: 80-112 (.417)
Yale record: 151-189 (.444)
Overall record^: 231-301 (.434)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1986-1999 Yale
1978-1985 California
1975-1978 Notre Dame (asst)
1970-1975 Iowa (asst)
1968-1969 Washington University (asst)
1967-1968 Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Dick Kuchen Facts

  • Dick Kuchen
  • Born June 22, 1944
  • Hometown: Asbury Park, New Jersey
  • Alma Mater: Rider College (BS, 1966)
  • Was a four-year starter at Rider, graduating in 1966 with over 1,000 career points and the program leader in rebounds
    • Inducted into the Rider Athletics Hall of Fame (class of 2004)
    • Drafted by the St. Louis Hawks and played for two seasons for the Columbus Comets (Mid-Western League)
  • Started his coaching career at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, going 22-1 in his lone season at the helm
  • After one season at Washington University in St. Louis, Kuchen joined Dick Schultz’s staff at Iowa as an assistant
    • Assisted Schultz for four years and then stayed on for an additional season under Lute Olson
  • Joined the Notre Dame staff in 1975, working under his former Rider teammate Digger Phelps for three seasons
    • Was part of ND’s run to the NCAA Final Four in 1978 (plus two other NCAA Tournament appearances)
  • Coached the California Golden Bears for seven seasons, going 80-112 over that tenure
    • Finished above .500 just once and never reached the postseason while at Cal
  • Became the head coach at Yale in 1986, leading the Bulldogs for thirteen seasons
    • Went 151-189 overall, resigning in 1999 with the second-most (now third) wins in program history
    • Best season was 1989-90, when the Bulldogs won 19 games (best in 40+ years) and finished 2nd in the Ivy League
  • After coaching, Kuchen began working in the private sector, taking a job at Wells Fargo in San Francisco in 2001

Dick Kuchen Coaching Tree


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