Joby Wright

Joby Wright (born September 5, 1950)

Teams coached: Miami RedHawks, Wyoming Cowboys
Miami (OH) record: 61-29 (.678)
Wyoming record: 53-60 (.469)
Overall record: 114-89 (.562)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1992)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1993)
  • MAC Regular Season Champion:  2  (1992, 1993)
  • MAC Tournament Champion:  1  (1992)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1993-1997 Wyoming
1990-1993 Miami (OH)
1981-1990 Indiana (asst)
1980-1981 Indiana (grad. asst)

Joby Wright Facts

  • Joseph Wright
  • Born September 5, 1950
  • Hometown: Savannah, Georgia
  • Alma Mater: Indiana University (BA, 1979 & MA, 1981)
  • Was a star basketball player at Johnson HS (GA) and then played for coach at Lou Watson at Indiana
    • After playing two seasons for Watson, Wright played his final year for Hall of Famer Bob Knight
    • Served as team captain and earned All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 1971-72
  • Drafted with the 5th pick in the 2nd round of the 1972 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics
    • Spent one year in Seattle, three seasons in Europe and two partial seasons in the ABA with the Memphis Tams, San Diego Sails and Virginia Squires
    • Coaches Wright played for include Tom Nissalke (Seattle) and Bill Musselman (San Diego and Virginia)
  • Returned to IU in 1978 to complete his bachelor’s degree and earn a master’s in physical education
  • Hired in 1990 to be the head coach at Miami (OH), going 61-29 in three seasons with the program
  • Left for Wyoming in 1993, coaching the Cowboys for the next four seasons
    • Was not as successful in Laramie, going just 53-60 overall and resigning in 1997
  • Later coaching roles include a stint with the Harlem Globetrotters (coaching them in actual competitive games, as opposed to the exhibition matches) and the Cincinnati Stuff in the short-lived IBL
  • More recently, Wright has worked with NBA Africa and runs the Joby Wright Basketball School and Wright Way Foundation

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