Ed Badger

Ed Badger (born November 5, 1932)

Teams coached: Cincinnati Bearcats, Chicago Bulls
Cincinnati record: 68-71 (.489)
Overall record^: 68-71 (.489)

Career Accomplishments:

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

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1996-1997 Philadelphia 76ers (asst)
1994-1995 Miami Heat (asst)
1992-1993 Indiana Pacers (asst)
1988-1990 Charlotte Hornets (asst)
1984-1988 Boston Celtics (asst)
1983-1984 Cleveland Cavaliers (asst)
1978-1983 Cincinnati
1976-1978 Chicago Bulls
1973-1976 Chicago Bulls (asst)
1958-1973 Wilbur Wright College

Ed Badger Facts

  • Ed Badger
  • Born November 5, 1932
  • Hometown: West New York, New Jersey
  • Alma Mater: University of Iowa (BA & MA)
  • Played basketball for Bucky O’Connor at Iowa and then played while in the US Air Force
  • First coaching jobs were at St. Mary’s HS and Marengo HS, both in Iowa
  • Became the head coach at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago in 1958
    • Won 25+ games in each of his 15 years at the helm, including two perfect 33-0 seasons
  • Joined Dick Motta‘s staff as an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls in 1973
    • The Bulls reached the Conference Finals in 1974 and 1975, but Motta resigned in May 1976 after missing the Playoffs
  • Badger was elevated to head coach, leading the Bulls for the next two seasons (1976-78)
    • Made the Playoffs in his first season and went 85-82 in total as the Bulls’ head man
  • His only Division I college coaching job was a five-season stint at Cincinnati
    • Badger finished above .500 just twice and left the team in 1983 with an overall record of 68-71
  • Spent the rest of his career in the NBA, with stints in Cleveland (under Tom Nissalke), Boston (under K. C. Jones), Charlotte (under Dick Harter), Indiana (under Bob Hill), Miami (under Kevin Loughery) and Philadelphia (under Johnny Davis)
    • Won an NBA Championship ring in 1986 as a member of the Boston Celtics’ coaching staff
    • Additionally worked in scouting with the Atlanta Hawks (1990-92) and Minnesota Timberwolves (1998-2002)
    • Retired from basketball in 2003 after spending more than 50 years in the game

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