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Jeffrey Vincent Mullins (born March 18, 1942) is an American retired basketball player and coach. He played college basketball with the Duke Blue Devils and in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the St. Louis Hawks and Golden State Warriors. Mullins served as the head basketball coach at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1985 to 1996.

Jeff Mullins
Jerry West and Jeff Mullins.jpeg
Mullins (right) guarding Jerry West in 1971
Personal information
Born (1942-03-18) March 18, 1942 (age 77)
Queens, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolLafayette (Lexington, Kentucky)
CollegeDuke (1961–1964)
NBA draft1964 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the St. Louis Hawks
Playing career1964–1976
PositionGuard / Forward
Number44, 23
Coaching career1985–1996
Career history
As player:
19641966St. Louis Hawks
19661976San Francisco / Golden State Warriors
As coach:
1985–1996Charlotte 49ers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points13,017 (16.2 ppg)
Rebounds3,427 (4.3 rpg)
Assists3,023 (3.8 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Playing careerEdit

Mullins, a native of Lexington, Kentucky, was a very talented 6'4" (1.93 m) forward in high school. After graduation, he attended Duke University from 1960 through 1964, where he averaged 21.9 points per game for his career. His #44 Duke jersey was retired in 1994. In 2002, Mullins was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team as one of the fifty greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history.

Mullins was a member of the United States Olympic basketball team that won the gold at the 1964 Summer Olympics.[1]

Mullins was taken by the St. Louis Hawks in the first round (6th pick overall) of the 1964 NBA draft. After two lackluster seasons with the Hawks he moved to the Golden State Warriors where he enjoyed the best seasons of his career and was selected as an NBA All-Star three times – in 1969, 1970, and 1971. He helped the Warriors to the 1967 Western Conference title and the 1975 NBA championship. Upon his retirement in 1976 he had amassed a total of 13,017 points for a twelve-year career average of 16.2 points per game.

Coaching careerEdit

In 1985, Mullins was hired as the head men's basketball coach and athletic director at UNC Charlotte. The program had struggled since making the NCAA Final Four in 1977, and in three years Mullins took the 49ers back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since their 1977 run. His 182 victories over eleven seasons stood as a school record until Bobby Lutz, Mullins' former assistant coach, surpassed that total in 2008.

During Mullins' tenure, the 49ers played in three conferences: the Sun Belt (1985–1991), the Metro Conference (1991–1995), and Conference USA (1995–1996).

Head coaching recordEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Charlotte 49ers (Sun Belt/Metro/CUSA) (1985–1996)
1985–86 Charlotte 8–20 1–13 8th
1986–87 Charlotte 18–14 6–8 T–6th
1987–88 Charlotte 22–9 11–3 1st NCAA 1st Round
1988–89 Charlotte 17–12 10–4 2nd NIT 1st Round
1989–90 Charlotte 16–14 6–8 5th
1990–91 Charlotte 14–14 6–8 6th
1991–92 Charlotte 23–9 7–5 2nd NCAA 1st Round
1992–93 Charlotte 15–13 6–6 T–4th
1993–94 Charlotte 16–13 7–5 T–2nd NIT 1st Round
1994–95 Charlotte 19–9 8–4 1st NCAA 1st Round
1995–96 Charlotte 14–15 6–8 3rd (White)
Charlotte: 182–142 74–72
Total: 182–142

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Jeff Mullins Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 23, 2018.

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