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Rudy D'Amico (born August 18, 1940) is a National Basketball Association (NBA) scout, and former college basketball and professional coach. He was the head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, and he led them to the FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) championship in 1981. He scouts for the Orlando Magic.[1][2]

Rudy D'Amico
Personal information
Born (1940-08-18) August 18, 1940 (age 78)
Queens, New York
NationalityAmerican / Italian
Career information
High schoolNewtown (Queens, New York)
CollegeSeattle (1960–1961)
Coaching career1967–1999
Career history
As coach:
1967–1977Brooklyn College
1979–1980FC Mulhouse Basket
1980–1981Maccabi Tel Aviv
1981–1982Pallacanestro Brindisi
1982–1983Pallacanestro Trieste
1983Fortitudo Bologna
1984–1985CB Zaragoza
1985–1990Pallacanestro Firenze
1991–1992A.P.U. Udine
1998Montecatini S.C.
1998–1999Scaligera Verona
Career highlights and awards
As head coach:


Early lifeEdit

D'Amico, the son of Italian-born parents, was born in Queens, New York, grew up in Astoria and attended Newtown High School.[2][3] He then attended Seattle University, and in 1961 won letters in both basketball and baseball.[2][4] He also earned a master's degree from New York University.[2]

Basketball coaching careerEdit

D'Amico was head basketball coach at Brooklyn College in the Knickerbocker Conference, from 1967 until 1977.[2][5][6][7][8] In 1973, he coached Brooklyn College to the CUNYAC Basketball Championship, defeating City College.[9][10]

From 1980 to 1991, he coached professional basketball in Europe and Israel, from 1985–90 with Pallacanestro Firenze of the Italian A League.[5] He also coached Zaragoza of the Spanish League, and Bologna in Italy, as well as in the Puerto Rican Superior League.[5] In 1981, he coached the Israeli Super League team, Maccabi Tel Aviv, to the FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) championship over Synudine Bologna in the Finals.[11][12][13]

Basketball scouting careerEdit

In 1999, he became the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers' international scout, advising general manager Jim Paxson.[14][15] In 2005, he was the NBA European scout of the Cleveland Cavaliers.[16] He now scouts for the Orlando Magic.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Brian Schmitz (June 26, 2008). "Magic looks far and wide to find the right NBA draft pick". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e Cleveland Cavaliers. "2003-04 Cleveland Cavaliers Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  3. ^ Attenzione. Paulucci Publications. 1986. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "Fitterer Gets Two Letters". Ellensburg Daily Record. May 25, 1961. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c David Waldstein (May 3, 1991). "Ex-Brooklyn College coach finds challenge overseas". Newsday. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  6. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (December 26, 1976). The New York Times |url= missing title (help). Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  7. ^ Harvin, Al (November 17, 1974). The New York Times |url= missing title (help). Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  8. ^ Strauss, Michael (December 1, 1967). The New York Times |url= missing title (help). Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  9. ^ Louis Di Meglio (March 2, 2009). "Men's Basketball Team Wins The CUNYAC Championship". Brooklyn Excelsior. Retrieved July 21, 2011.[dead link]
  10. ^ Lehman. "archives" (PDF). Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  11. ^ "European club champions: 1958–2010". May 2, 2007. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  12. ^ "Yugoslav coaching school – VLADIMIR STANKOVIC". October 23, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  13. ^ Borowitz, Yoav (April 2, 2008). "Large shoes to fill". Haaretz. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  14. ^ Darren Rovell (June 22, 2004). "Searching for the next Pau Gasol". ESPN. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  15. ^ "Gasol Could Add International Flair". Beacon Journal. May 29, 2001. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  16. ^ "Tar Heel Pros News & Notes". May 9, 2005. Retrieved July 21, 2011.

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