John Bach Inducted in 2005

Coach Inducted in 2005
Johnny Bach John Bach, Inducted into the NYC Hall of Fame in 2005
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John William Bach (July 10, 1924 – January 18, 2016) a New York City native, attended St John's Preparatory high school. Later he attended Fordham University (1943-47),  and Brown University. He was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 1948 Basketball Association of America (BAA) Draft and played 34 games for the Celtics.

In 1950, he took the head coaching position at Fordham and, over 18 seasons, compiled a 263-193 record with five NIT appearances and NCAA appearances in 1953 and 1954. Bach then coached at Penn State from 1967-1968.

After Penn State, Bach worked on the staff with the Golden State Warriors for three-plus seasons before being named Warriors' head coach for 1983-84. He moved to Chicago in 1987, working under both Doug Collins and Phil Jackson. The Bulls accumulated a 432-224 (.659) record during Bach's tenure, notching 50 or more wins six times. He also has three NBA Championship rings, won with the Bulls in 1991, 1992, and 1993.

Bach was inducted into the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame in 1974 and the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.