André Buffière

Pierre André Buffière (12 November 1922 – 2 October 2014) was a French basketball player and coach. He was born in Vion, Ardèche.[1] He was awarded the Glory of Sport in 1995. He was inducted into the French Basketball Hall of Fame, in 2004.

André Buffière
Personal information
Born(1922-11-12)November 12, 1922
Vion, Ardèche, France
DiedOctober 2, 2014(2014-10-02) (aged 91)
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
Playing career1945–1957
PositionShooting guard
Coaching career1948–1987
Career history
As player:
1945–1947ESSMG Lyon
1947–1948UA Marseille
1955–1957ESSMG Lyon
As coach:
1955–1957SA Lyon
1964–1970SA Lyon
1970–1973SCM Le Mans
1980–1983CSP Limoges
1986–1987Racing Club France
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

Club playing careerEdit

During his club career, Buffière won 6 French League championships, in the years 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, and 1955, and the French Cup, in 1953.

National team playing careerEdit

Buffière played at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games, and at the 1952 Summer Olympic Games.[2] At the 1948 London Olympic Games, he was a part of the senior French national team that won the silver medal. Four years later, at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, he was a member of the French team, which finished in eighth place.

Coaching careerEdit

Buffière had a long career as a basketball coach. As a head coach on the club level, he was a two time FIBA Korać Cup champion (1982, 1983), a six time French League champion (1950, 1952, 1955, 1975, 1977, 1983), and a three time French Cup winner (1953, 1982, 1983). He was also the head coach of the senior French national basketball team, from 1957 to 1964.


  1. ^ André Buffière's obituary (in French)
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "André Buffière Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2018.

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