Gary Cunningham

Gary Cunningham (born c. 1940)

Teams coached: UCLA Bruins
UCLA record: 50-8 (.862)
Overall record: 50-8 (.862)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1978, 1979)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  2  (1978, 1979)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0  
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Pac-8/Pac-10 Regular Season Champion:  2  (1978, 1979)

Awards:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1977-1979 UCLA
1965-1977 UCLA (asst)

Gary Cunningham Facts

  • Gary Cunningham
  • Born c. 1940
  • Alma Mater: University of California, Los Angeles (BA, 1962)
  • Played for two seasons at UCLA under Hall of Fame head coach John Wooden
    • Was a part of the Bruins’ first ever NCAA Final Four appearance (1962)
    • Selected 58th overall in the 1962 NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals
  • Started his coaching career at his alma mater in 1965, joining Wooden’s staff as an assistant coach
  • Was selected as Wooden’s replacement in 1977, leading the Bruins for the next two seasons
    • Went 50-8 overall, reaching the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 1978 and Elite Eight in 1979
    • Won the Pac-8/Pac-10 title both years, finishing with a 29-3 overall conference record
  • Stepped away from coaching in 1979 to start his administrative career
    • Spent the next 29 years as a college athletic director, through his retirement in 2008
    • Retired in 2008 after 13 years at UCSB and still lives in the Santa Barbara area
      • Received the Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” Award in 2017

Gary Cunningham Coaching Tree

  • Larry Farmer (Loyola IL, Weber State, UCLA)
  • Jim Harrick (Georgia, Rhode Island, UCLA, Pepperdine)
  • Brad Holland (San Diego, Cal State Fullerton)
  • Kiki VanDeWeghe (New Jersey Nets)
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