Mike Pratt

Mike Pratt (1948-2022)

Teams coached: Charlotte 49ers
Charlotte record: 56-52 (.519)
Overall record: 56-52 (.519)

Career Accomplishments:

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

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1989-1991 Charlotte Hornets (asst)
1978-1982 Charlotte
1975-1978 Charlotte (asst)

Mike Pratt Facts

  • Michael P. Pratt
  • Born August 4, 1948
  • Died June 16, 2022
  • Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
  • Alma Mater: University of Kentucky (BA, 1970)
  • The OH-native starred at Meadowdale HS then went on to Kentucky, where he played three seasons for Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp
    • During Pratt’s time on the varsity team, the Wildcats were 71-12, won three SEC titles and reached two NCAA Elite Eights
    • After graduation, Pratt played two seasons with the Kentucky Colonels in the ABA for head coaches Frank Ramsey and Joe Mullaney
  • Got into coaching in 1975, joining Lee Rose‘s staff at UNC Charlotte as an assistant coach; part of the 49ers team that went to the Final Four in 1977
  • Elevated to head coach in 1978 and led the 49ers for four seasons, going 56-52 overall but never reaching the NCAA Tournament or NIT
  • Worked as a scout and then got into broadcasting in 1985, working with the Charlotte Hornets and several television networks
    • Had a two-year stint as an assistant with the Hornets, working under head coaches Dick Harter and Gene Littles
  • Pratt returned to Kentucky in 2001 to be the analyst alongside Tom Leach for UK Sports Network radio broadcasts of UK men’s basketball games
    • Worked in that role for 21 seasons, a tenure that included ten SEC titles, four Final Fours and one National Championship (2012)
    • Passed away in 2022 after a long battle with colon cancer; survived by his wife, Marcia, two children, three stepchildren and 10 grandchildren
  • Inducted into the UK Athletics HOF (class of 2009), Kentucky Sports HOF (c/o 2010) and Ohio Basketball HOF (c/o 2019), and had his jersey number #22 retired by Kentucky in 2023

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