Kevin Loughery

Kevin Loughery
Personal information
Born (1940-03-28) March 28, 1940
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Cardinal Hayes
(Bronx, New York)
College Boston College (1958–1959)
St. John's (1960–1962)
NBA draft 1962 / Round: 2 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career 1962–1973
Position Guard
Number 21, 52, 22
Career history
As player:
19621963 Detroit Pistons
1963–1971 Baltimore Bullets
1971–1973 Philadelphia 76ers
As coach:
1973 Philadelphia 76ers
19731980 New York / New Jersey Nets
19811983 Atlanta Hawks
19831985 Chicago Bulls
19861988 Washington Bullets
19921994 Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards

As coach:

Career statistics
Points 11,575 (15.3 ppg)
Rebounds 2,254 (3.0 rpg)
Assists 2,803 (3.7 apg)
Stats at

Kevin Michael Loughery (born March 28, 1940) is an American former professional basketball player and coach.

Career biography

Loughery spent 11 seasons in the National Basketball Association (1962–1973), almost nine of them with the Baltimore Bullets. He became player-coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1973, when the team had a 4–47 record, replacing Roy Rubin. The team slightly improved under Loughery, posting a 5–26 record for the remainder of the season. Following the season, Loughery was replaced by Gene Shue.

After that disastrous season, Loughery retired as a player and became head coach of the American Basketball Association's New York Nets the following season. With superstar Julius Erving, Loughery won two ABA championships in three seasons. After the ABA disbanded and the Nets joined the NBA, Loughery continued to coach the Nets for their first five seasons in the league. The team would struggle in their first couple of seasons without Erving, whose contract was sold to the Philadelphia 76ers due to financial struggles. The team would also move to New Jersey and become the New Jersey Nets. He was fired midway through the 1980–81 season and replaced by Bob MacKinnon.

Loughery was hired by the Atlanta Hawks the very next season and he guided them to two straight playoff appearances, including one with rookie Dominique Wilkins. He was fired once again after the 1982–83 season and replaced by Mike Fratello.

The next two seasons, Loughery coached the Chicago Bulls. In his second season with rookie Michael Jordan, the Bulls made the playoffs. In the book The Jordan Rules Michael was quoted as saying that Loughery was the most fun coach he ever played for and that Loughery allowed him to free-lance and play the style he wanted.

Loughery went to the Washington Bullets the next season as an assistant to Gene Shue. When Shue was fired with 13 games left in the 1985–86 season, Loughery guided the team to the playoffs and once again the next season. The Bullets got off to a bad start in 1987–88 and Loughery was fired once again.

After working in broadcasting, Loughery was hired by the Miami Heat as their second coach three years after they joined the league as an expansion team. Loughery guided the Heat to their first ever playoff appearance and again in 1993–94.

Coaching record


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L WL% Finish PG PW PL PWL% Result
PHI 1972–73 31526.1614th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
NYN 1976–77 822260.2685th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
NJN 1977–78 822458.2935th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
NJN 1978–79 823745.4513rd in Atlantic202.000 Lost in First Round
NJN 1979–80 823448.4155th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
NJN 1980–81 351223.343(fired)
ATL 1981–82 824240.5122nd in Central202.000 Lost in First Round
ATL 1982–83 824339.5242nd in Central312.333 Lost in First Round
CHI 1983–84 822755.3295th in Central Missed Playoffs
CHI 1984–85 823844.4633rd in Central413.250 Lost in First Round
WSH 1985–86 1376.5383rd in Atlantic523.400 Lost in First Round
WSH 1986–87 824240.5123rd in Atlantic303.000 Lost in First Round
WSH 1987–88 27819.296(fired)
MIA 1991–92 823844.4634th in Atlantic303.000 Lost in First Round
MIA 1992–93 823646.4395th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
MIA 1993–94 824240.5124th in Atlantic523.400 Lost in First Round
MIA 1994–95 461729.370(fired)
Career 1136474662.417 27621.222
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