Jan van Breda Kolff

Jan van Breda Kolff (born December 16, 1951)

Teams coached: Cornell Big Red, Vanderbilt Commodores, Pepperdine Waves, St. Bonaventure Bonnies
Cornell record: 23-29 (.442)
Vanderbilt record: 104-81 (.562)
Pepperdine record: 47-18 (.723)
St. Bonaventure record: 18-27 (.400) **
Overall record^: 192-155 (.553) **

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1997, 2000)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1994)
  • NIT Appearances:  5  (1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002)
  • WCC Regular Season Champion:  1  (2000)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2008-2010 Nashville Broncs/Music City Stars
2003-2004 New Orleans Hornets (asst)
2001-2003 St. Bonaventure
1999-2001 Pepperdine
1993-1999 Vanderbilt
1991-1993 Cornell

Jan van Breda Kolff Facts

  • Jan Michael van Breda Kolff
  • Born December 16, 1951
  • Hometown: Palos Verdes, California
  • Alma Mater: Vanderbilt University (BA, 1974)
  • Son of former college and NBA head coach Butch van Breda Kolff and grandson of Dutch footballer Jan van Breda Kolff
  • After graduating from Palos Verdes HS, van Breda Kolff played at Vanderbilt for head coach Roy Skinner
    • Named SEC Player of the Year as a senior in 1974
    • Drafted 20th overall in the 1974 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers; played professionally for 10 years in the NBA, ABA and Italy’s LBA
    • Spent time playing for Larry Brown, Hubie Brown and Kevin Loughery, among others, during his professional career
  • Spent two years as the head coach at Cornell before returning to his alma mater as head coach in 1993
    • Won 104 games in six seasons at Vandy, leading the Commodores to the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and the NIT three times (including a runner-up finish in 1994)
  • Was the head coach at Pepperdine for two years, leading the Waves to a first round NCAA Tournament upset win over Indiana in his first year
  • Spent two seasons at St. Bonaventure, a tenure which ended in controversy due to the team’s use of an ineligible transfer
    • Though he was cleared of wrongdoing personally, the NCAA penalized the school for lack of institutional control and vacated 12 of the team’s 13 wins in the 2002-03 season
  • Joined Tim Floyd‘s NBA staff as an assistant with the New Orleans Hornets in 2003
  • After several years out of coaching, van Breda Kolff became the head coach of the Nashville Broncos of the new ABA in 2008
    • He coached the team the following year under its new name (Music City Stars) but the team folded following that season
  • Along with his wife, Betty, has two sons

Jan van Breda Kolff Coaching Tree


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

** Listed records and accomplishments for this coach do not include wins or appearances later vacated by the NCAA