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| 2005-06

NBA coach Bernie Bickerstaff
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- With nearly 30 years in the NBA, Bernie Bickerstaff has a history of leadership and was a natural choice to guide the Bobcats as both general manager and head coach in the expansion club’s first season

- Served 10 seasons as a NBA head coach for three different teams, was president and general manager for seven seasons and spent 12 years as an assistant coach

- As president and general manager of the Denver Nuggets from 1990-97, Bernie Bickerstaff directed a major turnaround as the club improved from 20 to 42 wins in three seasons

- Midway through the 1996-97 season in Washington he inherited a team that was 22-25 over the first 47 games and had not had a winning season in seven seasons. Bickerstaff guided the club to a 22-13 mark following the All-Star break

- The next season he led the Wizards to a 42-40 record and the club narrowly missed the playoffs on the final day of the season

- As an assistant coach, bernie Bickerstaff helped guide the Bullets to the 1978 NBA World Championship, the NBA Finals in 1975, 1978 and 1979, 10 playoff berths and a franchise-record 60 wins in 1974-75

- Bickerstaff served as part owner, general manager and head coach of the International Basketball League’s St. Louis Swarm beginning in 1999. His teams won IBL titles in 2000 and 2001, had the league’s best regular season record both seasons and finished a combined 90-24 in the two seasons

- Bickerstaff was the IBL league’s Coach of the Year after each season

- Bernie Bickerstaff's coaching career began at his alma mater, the University of San Diego, where he started as an assistant coach in 1968-69. He was elevated to head coach a year later and had a 55-49 (.529) record in four years

- His hometown, Benham, Kentucky, named a street – Bernard Bickerstaff Boulevard – in his honor


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