Jeff Mullins (basketball)

Jeff Mullins

Mullins (right) guarding Jerry West in 1971
Personal information
Born (1942-03-18) March 18, 1942
Queens, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Lafayette (Lexington, Kentucky)
College Duke (1961–1964)
NBA draft 1964 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the St. Louis Hawks
Playing career 1964–1976
Position Guard / Forward
Number 44, 23
Coaching career 1985–1996
Career history
As player:
19641966 St. Louis Hawks
19661976 San Francisco / Golden State Warriors
As coach:
1985–1996 Charlotte 49ers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 13,017 (16.2 ppg)
Rebounds 3,427 (4.3 rpg)
Assists 3,023 (3.8 apg)
Stats at

Jeffrey Vincent "Jeff" 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.

Playing career

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.

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 career

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 record

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

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