Rochester Renegade

The Rochester Renegade (later Rochester Renegades) were a professional basketball team based in Rochester, Minnesota. They played 2 seasons in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), the defunct development league for the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Rochester Renegade
DivisionMideast (1992–94)
ArenaMayo Civic Center
LocationRochester, Minnesota
Team colors1992–93: white, green, navy
1993–94: white, red, black
OwnershipTom McMillan


After the Birmingham Bandits of Birmingham, Alabama had recorded the worst attendance of the CBA in the 1991–92 season, on May 28, 1992 their owner Tom McMillan announced that the Kahler Corporation had acquired the franchise, and the team was relocated to Rochester, Minnesota, becoming the Rochester Renegade.[1][2] The team was intentionally named Renegade and not Renegades, and played their games at the Mayo Civic Center,[3] while the team had their headquarters at 100 First Ave. SW in Rochester.[4] The Renegade were affiliated with two NBA teams: the Atlanta Hawks and the Utah Jazz.[4] The CBA placed the team in the Mideast Division of the American Conference, together with the Rockford Lightning, the Quad City Thunder and the La Crosse Catbirds.[5] In their first season under coach Ron Ekker the team finished with the worst record in CBA history with 6 wins and 50 losses.[3] Forward Tony Farmer led the team in scoring with 22.5 points per game in 16 appearances, while Ronnie Grandison averaged a double-double with 19.9 points and 10.6 rebounds in 23 games played.

In July 1993 the team management named Bill Musselman head coach and vice-president of basketball operations.[6] The name changed to Rochester Renegades[3] and the team colors switched from white, green and blue to white, red and black.[7] In the 1993–94 season the Renegades won 31 games, losing 25, and qualified for the playoffs. During the season Dell Demps was called up to the NBA by the Golden State Warriors, and two Renegades player won personal awards: Ronnie Grandison was name the CBA MVP, while Rodney Monroe was the Newcomer of the Year.[8] The 1993–94 Renegades team used 41 different players, some of them only for 1 game; Monroe was the team leader in points per game with 20.2, while Grandison contributed with 16.5 points and 11.8 rebounds.

Despite the improved performance of the second season, the team still had one of the worst attendance records in the CBA with 2,200 tickets sold per game: owner Tom McMillan sold the team in May 1994, and the franchise relocated to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, becoming the Harrisburg Hammerheads.[3]

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Years Wins Losses Winning percentage Head coach(s) Ref
1992–93 6 50 .107 Ron Ekker [9]
1992–93 31 25 .554 Bill Musselman [10]

All-time rosterEdit




  1. ^ "BASKETBALL". The Marion Star. May 29, 1992. p. 15.
  2. ^ "Team and League History". Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "1992-1994 Rochester Renegade(s)". March 9, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Renegade will have to earn CBA success". Post-Bulletin. November 18, 1992. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Bradley, Robert; Anderson, Chris; Astolfi, Mark; Bradley, Robert; Foster, Marc; Grasso, John; Smith, John Z. "History of the Continental Basketball Association". Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  6. ^ "BASKETBALL". Democrat and Chronicle. July 23, 1993. p. 31.
  7. ^ "Continental Basketball Association (1978-1979 through 2000-2001)". Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  8. ^ "EPBL/EBA/CBA Superlatives". Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "1992-93 Rochester Renegade Statistics". Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "1993-94 Rochester Renegade Statistics". Retrieved April 24, 2019.