William Bruce Hale (August 30, 1918 – December 30, 1980) was an American professional basketball player and coach.
|Born||August 30, 1918|
Medford, Oregon, U.S.
|Died||December 30, 1980 (aged 62)|
Orinda, California, U.S.
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
(San Francisco, California)
|College||Santa Clara (1938–1941)|
|Position||Guard / Forward|
|Number||22, 35, 7|
|1946–1947||Chicago American Gears|
|1947–1948||St. Paul Saints|
|1948–1949||Fort Wayne Pistons|
|1947–48||St. Paul Saints|
|1970–1973||Saint Mary's (ass't coach)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
A 6'1" guard/forward from Medford, Oregon, Hale played college basketball at Santa Clara University, then played professionally in the early NBA as a member of the Indianapolis Jets, Fort Wayne Pistons, and Indianapolis Olympians. He averaged 9.1 points per game over his NBA career. He later held coaching positions with the University of Miami, the Oakland Oaks of the American Basketball Association, and St. Mary's College of California. With Miami, he took the program to their first NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament in 1960, which would be the last for the program for 38 years. Before he died of a heart attack in 1980, he had been working as a marketing director at the KNBR radio station.
Hale's daughter, Pam, married basketball player Rick Barry, who played for Hale at the University of Miami. Through Pam, Hale is the grandfather of NBA players Brent Barry, Jon Barry, and Drew Barry.
Hale was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.
BAA/NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||FG%||Field-goal percentage|
|FT%||Free-throw percentage||RPG||Rebounds per game|
|APG||Assists per game||PPG||Points per game|
Head coaching recordEdit
|Miami Hurricanes (NCAA University Division independent) (1954–1967)|
|1959–60||Miami||23–4||NCAA University Division First Round|
|1960–61||Miami||20–7||NIT First Round|
|1963–64||Miami||20–7||NIT First Round|
Postseason invitational champion
- ^ Bruce Hale playing statistics. basketball-reference.com. Retrieved on August 23, 2009.
- ^ "Former basketball coach dies". The Ledger. January 2, 1981. Retrieved on August 23, 2009.
- ^ Frank Deford. "Razor-cut Idol Of San Francisco". Sports Illustrated. February 13, 1967. Retrieved on August 23, 2009.
- ^ University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame inductees Archived 2010-11-19 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on February 1, 2010.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com and Basketball-Reference.com