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Tulane hires former NBA coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. to lead program

 Former NBA coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. has been named Tulane's head basketball coach.
NELL REDMOND/ASSOCIATED PRESS Former NBA coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. has been named Tulane's head basketball coach. AP

Tulane Director of Athletics Troy Dannen announced Monday the hiring of longtime NBA coach Mike Dunleavy Sr., as the 24th head men's basketball coach in the 106-year history of the program.

Dunleavy will be formally introduced at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The press conference will be streamed free of charge via the All-Access package on

"We could not be more excited to welcome Mike Dunleavy to the Green Wave family," Dannen said. "His reputation as a great evaluator of talent, master of strategy and teacher of the game define him today as one of the top basketball minds in the country at any level. His commitment to Tulane athletics is a game changer for our program."

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to coach the Green Wave and excited to help develop the students-athletes at Tulane into champions," said Dunleavy.

The 1999 NBA Coach of the Year, Dunleavy, 62, brings over 30 years of NBA experience, either as a player, general manager or head coach to the Green Wave.

A 17-year veteran as an NBA head coach, Dunleavy won 613 regular season games, the 24th-most in NBA history, with four different teams (Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trailblazers, Los Angeles Clippers) and amassed 38 playoff victories in his career.

Dunleavy has been a part of 1,266 victories as an NBA assistant coach, head coach, general manager, player and collegiate student-athlete.

Along the way, he coached five future Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers, including Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Moses Malone, Scottie Pippen, Arvydas Sabonis and James Worthy, and a total of six players under Dunleavy were named NBA All-Stars on nine occasions, including Johnson (1992 MVP), Worthy, Elton Brown, Chris Kaman, Rasheed Wallace and Vin Baker.

Dunleavy also developed an extensive coaching tree during his time in the NBA with nine of his former assistant coaches becoming NBA head coaches, including John Lucas, Kim Hughes, Eric Musselman (current head coach at Nevada), Tony Brown, Elston Turner, Frank Hamblen, Butch Carter, Randy Pfund and Bill Bertka.