Monday, May 11, 2009

Chuck Daly Passes Away: Coached Eight Seasons of HS BB at My Alma Mater

From today's Punxsutawney Spirit:
PUNXSUTAWNEY — In the national spotlight, Chuck Daly may be remembered best as a man who coached the first Dream Team that included the likes of Michael Jordan and Larry Bird to an Olympic gold medal in 1992.

To those in Punxsutawney who knew him before he became recognized as one of the most heralded basketball coaches in the sport’s history, Daly was remembered as a man who was disciplined and focused as a coach, and kind and genuine as a person.

Daly, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March, died Saturday at the age of 78.

Born July 20, 1930, in St. Marys, Daly played college basketball at St. Bonaventure and Bloomsburg University. After two years in the military, his first coaching position took place at Punxsutawney High School, where he was the head basketball coach for eight years, from 1955 to 1963. He would also coach golf for a few years in addition to being an English and speech teacher at the high school.
Read more about Punxsutawney High's best-known basketball coach in the full article.


  1. Chuck Daly did a great job of using the skill that his players already had, a helluva great basketball coach

  2. Agreed. Really understood the game, and could out-coach about anyone.