The Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers have named John Kuester (pronounced QUE-stir) as an assistant coach, Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry announced today. Kuester joins Hank Egan, Melvin Hunt, Chris Jent and Michael Malone on Head Coach Mike Brown’s coaching staff.
“We’re fortunate to have John join Mike Brown’s coaching team. John will bring a great all-around view of the game to our staff and be able to help in all areas of our team’s development. He’s a passionate coach that has experienced winning at the highest level and we look forward to him being a key contributor,” stated Ferry.
Kuester has spent the last 17 years in the NBA coaching ranks and won a NBA Title in 2004 as an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons under Larry Brown. During the 2006-07 season, he was an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic which followed assistant coaching stints in Philadelphia (2005-06), New Jersey (2004-05) and Detroit (2003-04). He spent six seasons under Brown as a member of the 76ers coaching staff from 1997-98 to 2002-03. He helped the 76ers reach the NBA Finals in 2001 and the playoffs in five of his six seasons in Philadelphia.
For seven seasons from 1990-1997, Kuester was a member of the Boston Celtics organization including spending the final two seasons as an assistant coach. He spent 10 years in the college ranks including seven as a head coach before he made the jump to the NBA. He became the youngest head coach ever in NCAA Division I in 1983 at Boston University before spending five seasons as the head coach at George Washington University.
Kuester is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he played four seasons under Dean Smith from 1973-77. He won two ACC Championships and reached the NCAA Tournament all four years including a trip to the NCAA Finals in 1977 during his time in Chapel Hill.
Kuester was selected in the third round (53rd overall) of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Kansas City Kings. He played three seasons in the NBA, one each with Kansas City, Denver and Indiana.