GW Alumnus Red Auerbach Among Inaugural Atlantic 10 Legends
Jan. 15, 2013
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Late alumnus Red Auerbach represents George Washington on the inaugural list of Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Basketball Legends, the league announced on Tuesday.
The 2013 class includes 16 former men's basketball student-athletes and coaches who made an immeasurable impact on each A-10 institution and its basketball program.
"The considerable contributions each of these gentlemen made to their institution and its basketball program played an important role in shaping the foundation of men's basketball in the Atlantic 10," stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. "Whether it was building a program that eventually became a founding member or furthering the conference as it grew into a basketball power, each of the honorees is a part of the fabric of A-10 history and we're thrilled to be able to honor them."
Arnold 'Red' Auerbach was a star guard for George Washington from 1937-40, helping the Colonials compile a 39-18 record during his career. He was labeled as a defensive specialist, but also led GW in scoring as team captain his senior season. Auerbach earned his bachelor's degree in 1940 and master's degree a year later at GW before embarking on one of the most successful careers in professional sports history.
He spent three years as a player and four years as a coach in the Basketball Association of America, then a year as coach of the NBA's Tri-Cities Blackhawks before being named head coach of the Boston Celtics in 1950. During 16 seasons as Boston's coach, Auerbach led the Celtics to nine NBA titles - including a record eight consecutive from 1959-66. He then served as Boston's general manager from 1966-84 and team president and vice chairman from 1984 until his death in 2006, capturing an additional seven NBA titles during his time in the Celtics' front office. His combined 16 titles make him the most decorated team official in NBA history. He was inducted into the GW Athletics Hall of Fame in 1959, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1968, and was named one of the NCAA's 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes in 2006.
Auerbach remained a GW basketball season ticket holder until his death in 2006, and a banner and red seat honor him inside the Charles E. Smith Center.
The Men's Basketball Legends will be honored on March 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., prior to the 2013 Men's Basketball Championship semifinals. Each honoree will be saluted during a celebration awards brunch in the 40/40 Club, beginning at 11 a.m. prior to the A-10 men's semifinal games.
Fans interested in GW section tickets for the 2013 A-10 Championship can call the Charles E. Smith Center Box Office at 202-994-7325 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.