Jeff Mullins (basketball)
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.
Mullins (right) guarding Jerry West in 1971
|Born||March 18, 1942|
Queens, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Lafayette (Lexington, Kentucky)|
|NBA draft||1964 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the St. Louis Hawks|
|Position||Guard / Forward|
|1964–1966||St. Louis Hawks|
|1966–1976||San Francisco / Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||13,017 (16.2 ppg)|
|Rebounds||3,427 (4.3 rpg)|
|Assists||3,023 (3.8 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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 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.
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.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Charlotte 49ers (Sun Belt/Metro/CUSA) (1985–1996)|
|1987–88||Charlotte||22–9||11–3||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|1988–89||Charlotte||17–12||10–4||2nd||NIT 1st Round|
|1991–92||Charlotte||23–9||7–5||2nd||NCAA 1st Round|
|1993–94||Charlotte||16–13||7–5||T–2nd||NIT 1st Round|
|1994–95||Charlotte||19–9||8–4||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
Postseason invitational champion