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Bill Fitch with Cal Tjader
Bill Fitch with Cal Tjader
Published: 2010/09/27
Channel: David Easter
Fred McLeod chats with Bill Fitch about the 1975-76 Cleveland Cavaliers
Fred McLeod chats with Bill Fitch about the 1975-76 Cleveland Cavaliers
Published: 2016/03/05
Channel: FOX Sports Ohio
Chris Morris refuses to enter a game.
Chris Morris refuses to enter a game.
Published: 2011/06/17
Channel: meej33
B.S Report - Bill Fitch (2013-02-22)
B.S Report - Bill Fitch (2013-02-22)
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: Sill Bimmons
Bill Fitch Denies Cameras Access to His Huddle (1981 Finals) (Game 6)
Bill Fitch Denies Cameras Access to His Huddle (1981 Finals) (Game 6)
Published: 2015/07/06
Channel: LamarMatic
INSIGHT  CAL TJADER AND BILL FITCH .
INSIGHT CAL TJADER AND BILL FITCH .
Published: 2010/06/09
Channel: DJ Jorge Salseroduro
Chalk Talk- Bill Fitch
Chalk Talk- Bill Fitch
Published: 2017/04/08
Channel: Kim Davis
1980 NBA Playoffs: Lockerroom Interviews
1980 NBA Playoffs: Lockerroom Interviews
Published: 2017/04/11
Channel: lakeptic
Ironhorse Exchange at the Crest in Torrance, CA, July 23, 2017
Ironhorse Exchange at the Crest in Torrance, CA, July 23, 2017
Published: 2017/07/24
Channel: johnny buggz
The Handle Podcast - Bill Fitch Inviting Young Players to Thanksgiving
The Handle Podcast - Bill Fitch Inviting Young Players to Thanksgiving
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: LamarMatic
charles w fitch ebayisajoke calls ebay to harass ebay seller batterygalaxy
charles w fitch ebayisajoke calls ebay to harass ebay seller batterygalaxy
Published: 2015/04/18
Channel: ebanged central
Bill Fitch walking down to the dock.
Bill Fitch walking down to the dock.
Published: 2012/07/05
Channel: Jim Peake
Attorney William Fitch - Family Law Matters
Attorney William Fitch - Family Law Matters
Published: 2017/08/01
Channel: Gina Famularo
Clark Booth Reports: Boston Celtics win 1981 NBA Finals at Houston.
Clark Booth Reports: Boston Celtics win 1981 NBA Finals at Houston.
Published: 2016/05/17
Channel: Tom Shaer
Bill Fitch 2016 Alumni Of Month
Bill Fitch 2016 Alumni Of Month
Published: 2016/03/10
Channel: FHS Webpage/TV Editing
Bill Fitch catching  Dorado - Cozumel
Bill Fitch catching Dorado - Cozumel
Published: 2014/04/29
Channel: William Fitch
1976 Cleveland Cavaliers. Bill Fitch interview.
1976 Cleveland Cavaliers. Bill Fitch interview.
Published: 2015/08/01
Channel: Crazy Cav
Bill Fitch Interview 1/8 - WWII Japanese POW Survivor -NX8352 - 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy
Bill Fitch Interview 1/8 - WWII Japanese POW Survivor -NX8352 - 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy
Published: 2009/11/17
Channel: Trevor Lancaster
Bill O
Bill O'Reilly: Abercrombie & Fitch vs Fat People?
Published: 2013/05/18
Channel: USAhistorywriter
IDTT Wine 85: Bill Fitch
IDTT Wine 85: Bill Fitch
Published: 2016/11/05
Channel: Levi Dalton
Bill Fitch at ZZ Top
Bill Fitch at ZZ Top
Published: 2013/10/09
Channel: Noel Roberts
Bill Fitch Remembering Omemee
Bill Fitch Remembering Omemee
Published: 2012/07/08
Channel: Omemee TV
BGSU Men
BGSU Men's Basketball: Bill Fitch Talks about the BG Brotherhood
Published: 2015/09/22
Channel: FalconAthletics
Cal Tjader ‎– Talkin
Cal Tjader ‎– Talkin' Verve - Roots Of Acid Jazz (Full Album HQ, Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz, Mambo)
Published: 2017/09/24
Channel: PYRAMID's MUSIC LIBRARY
Cal Tjader  Insight
Cal Tjader Insight
Published: 2014/06/26
Channel: Maximo Abril
Listen to Learn Students Speak Out (HD)
Listen to Learn Students Speak Out (HD)
Published: 2012/08/09
Channel: Bill Fitch
Cal Tjader - O Barquinho
Cal Tjader - O Barquinho
Published: 2013/12/25
Channel: Rolly Urbina
Bill Fitch Interview 7/8 - WWII Japanese POW Survivor -NX8352 - 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy
Bill Fitch Interview 7/8 - WWII Japanese POW Survivor -NX8352 - 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy
Published: 2009/11/17
Channel: Trevor Lancaster
Vince Guaraldi
Vince Guaraldi 'Work Song'
Published: 2011/10/03
Channel: Swallowed Whole
Behind the Horn - 11-12-14 - All About Cologne
Behind the Horn - 11-12-14 - All About Cologne
Published: 2015/01/13
Channel: Jackie Butler
Coin in Bill Vanish By Bob Fitch
Coin in Bill Vanish By Bob Fitch
Published: 2008/08/02
Channel: Fantasma Magic
Cal Tjader - Azul
Cal Tjader - Azul
Published: 2013/12/30
Channel: Rolly Urbina
August Sebastiani and Bill Schwab with Leese-Fitch Cabernet
August Sebastiani and Bill Schwab with Leese-Fitch Cabernet
Published: 2011/03/22
Channel: winebuysdotcom
Bill Fitch Interview 8/8 - WWII Japanese POW Survivor -NX8352 - 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy
Bill Fitch Interview 8/8 - WWII Japanese POW Survivor -NX8352 - 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy
Published: 2009/11/17
Channel: Trevor Lancaster
Bill Fitch Interview 5/8 - WWII Japanese POW Survivor -NX8352 - 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy
Bill Fitch Interview 5/8 - WWII Japanese POW Survivor -NX8352 - 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy
Published: 2009/11/17
Channel: Trevor Lancaster
Bill Fitch Interview 4/8 - WWII Japanese POW Survivor -NX8352 - 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy
Bill Fitch Interview 4/8 - WWII Japanese POW Survivor -NX8352 - 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy
Published: 2009/11/17
Channel: Trevor Lancaster
Bill Fitch Interview 3/8 - WWII Japanese POW Survivor -NX8352 - 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy
Bill Fitch Interview 3/8 - WWII Japanese POW Survivor -NX8352 - 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy
Published: 2009/11/17
Channel: Trevor Lancaster
Bill Fitch Interview 6/8 - WWII Japanese POW Survivor -NX8352 - 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy
Bill Fitch Interview 6/8 - WWII Japanese POW Survivor -NX8352 - 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy
Published: 2009/11/17
Channel: Trevor Lancaster
Latin Jazz Percussion Ensemble Spring (2013) - Insight
Latin Jazz Percussion Ensemble Spring (2013) - Insight
Published: 2014/08/01
Channel: EDUARDO ISAZA
Bill Fitch Interview 2/8 - WWII Japanese POW Survivor -NX8352 - 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy
Bill Fitch Interview 2/8 - WWII Japanese POW Survivor -NX8352 - 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy
Published: 2009/11/17
Channel: Trevor Lancaster
The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
Published: 2017/05/03
Channel: Ranked Videos
Expresión Latina: (1963) Cal Tjader - Insight
Expresión Latina: (1963) Cal Tjader - Insight
Published: 2015/07/05
Channel: Expresión Latina
Charles Kynard & Buddy Collette - Mamblues
Charles Kynard & Buddy Collette - Mamblues
Published: 2014/03/14
Channel: Raul Rico
CAL TJADER. SOÑA LIBRE. INSIGHT
CAL TJADER. SOÑA LIBRE. INSIGHT
Published: 2015/04/07
Channel: Carlos Andrés Loaiza
Bill Fitch
Bill Fitch
Published: 2016/07/01
Channel: Butler Funeral Homes
Big Bill
Big Bill's Birthday Bash
Published: 2014/08/31
Channel: pulaski48
How to pronounce Bill Fitch (American English/US)  - PronounceNames.com
How to pronounce Bill Fitch (American English/US) - PronounceNames.com
Published: 2015/02/06
Channel: Pronounce Names
1986 NBA Playoffs: Rockets vs Lakers
1986 NBA Playoffs: Rockets vs Lakers
Published: 2008/02/02
Channel: ginoongkamote
1986 Los Angeles Lakers VS Houston Rockets (WCF Game 2)
1986 Los Angeles Lakers VS Houston Rockets (WCF Game 2)
Published: 2015/07/23
Channel: Eduardo Voler
11 07 17 "Key to the Highway*" Rick Fitch (by Big Bill Broonzy/Charlie Segar) VID 20171107 202052
11 07 17 "Key to the Highway*" Rick Fitch (by Big Bill Broonzy/Charlie Segar) VID 20171107 202052
Published: 2017/11/12
Channel: Nancy Jencks
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Bill Fitch
Personal information
Born (1932-05-19) May 19, 1932 (age 85)
Davenport, Iowa
Nationality American
Career information
High school Cedar Rapids (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
College Coe (1950–1954)
Coaching career 1956–1998
Career history
As coach:
1956–1958 Creighton (assistant)
1958–1962 Coe
1962–1967 North Dakota
1967–1968 Bowling Green
1968–1970 Minnesota
19701979 Cleveland Cavaliers
19791983 Boston Celtics
19831988 Houston Rockets
19891992 New Jersey Nets
19941998 Los Angeles Clippers
Career highlights and awards

William Charles Fitch (born May 19, 1932[1]) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) coach who had been successful in developing a number of teams into playoff contenders. Before entering the professional ranks, he coached college basketball at the University of Minnesota, Bowling Green State University, the University of North Dakota, and his alma mater, Coe College. Fitch's teams twice qualified for the NCAA tournament. He won the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award for the 2012–13 NBA season.[2]

Fitch was a U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor,[3] a fact that Larry Bird credited in his book Drive: The Story of My Life as an important reason for Bird's own strong work ethic.

Pro coaching career[edit]

During his 25-year pro coaching career, Fitch was often hired in an attempt to improve failing teams. Although Fitch currently ranks tenth among NBA coaches in all-time number of victories (with 944), he is also ranked second in all-time losses (with 1,106) behind Lenny Wilkens.

With Boston Celtics (1980–83), and Houston Rockets (1984–88)[edit]

He was awarded as the NBA's Coach of the Year Award twice and he guided Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and the rest of the Boston Celtics to the 1981 NBA championship, defeating the Houston Rockets 4 games to 2 in the finals. From Boston, Fitch went on to coach the Rockets where he led a team featuring Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson to the 1986 NBA Finals where they were defeated once again by Bird's Celtics, 4 games to 2, for the NBA championship. Fitch also coached the Cleveland Cavaliers from its inception in 1970 to 1979, as well as the New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers. In 1996 Fitch was named one of the NBA's Ten Greatest Coaches of All-Time.

The Miracle of Richfield Cavs' season (1975–76)[edit]

During his first year with the Cavaliers, the team lost its first 15 games. By the 1974–75 season the team would be led by its 1971 number one draft choice out of Notre Dame, Austin Carr. Carr had become the team's leading scorer and the franchise was flirting with its first-ever playoff berth when Carr came down with a serious knee injury, which all but vanquished its playoff hopes and its hopes for its first non-losing season, however, the team did still show promise posting a near-winning finish at 40–42.

The very next season, on a now fabled team known as "The Miracle of Richfield", and led by team captain Carr, scoring small forward Campy Russell, shooting guard Bobby "Bingo" Smith, and a supporting cast of largely unknown players such as starting center Jim Chones, and an aging Nate Thurmond, Fitch coached the overachieving[citation needed] Cavs to its first winning season, an almost unexpected playoff berth and the Central Division title with a record of 49–33, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals against a heavily favored Boston Celtics team led by future Hall of Famers Dave Cowens, small forward John Havlicek, and All-Star point guard Jo Jo White. Perhaps because of a leg injury that sidelined Chones in Game 5, the Cavs would succumb to the eventual champion Celts, losing the series 4–2.

Head coaching record[edit]

NBA[edit]

Legend
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 W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Cleveland 1970–71 82 15 67 .183 4th in Central Missed Playoffs
Cleveland 1971–72 82 23 59 .280 4th in Central Missed Playoffs
Cleveland 1972–73 82 32 50 .390 4th in Central Missed Playoffs
Cleveland 1973–74 82 29 53 .354 4th in Central Missed Playoffs
Cleveland 1974–75 82 40 42 .488 3rd in Central Missed Playoffs
Cleveland 1975–76 82 49 33 .598 1st in Central 13 6 7 .462 Lost in Conf. Finals
Cleveland 1976–77 82 43 39 .524 4th in Central 3 1 2 .333 Lost in First Round
Cleveland 1977–78 82 43 39 .524 3rd in Central 2 0 2 .000 Lost in First Round
Cleveland 1978–79 82 30 52 .366 4th in Central Missed Playoffs
Boston 1979–80 82 61 21 .744 1st in Atlantic 9 5 4 .556 Lost in Conf. Finals
Boston 1980–81 82 62 20 .756 1st in Atlantic 17 12 5 .706 Won NBA Championship
Boston 1981–82 82 63 19 .768 1st in Atlantic 12 7 5 .583 Lost in Conf. Finals
Boston 1982–83 82 56 26 .683 2nd in Atlantic 7 2 5 .286 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Houston 1983–84 82 29 53 .354 6th in Midwest Missed Playoffs
Houston 1984–85 82 48 34 .585 2nd in Midwest 5 2 3 .400 Lost in First Round
Houston 1985–86 82 51 31 .622 1st in Midwest 20 13 7 .650 Lost in NBA Finals
Houston 1986–87 82 42 40 .512 3rd in Midwest 10 5 5 .500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Houston 1987–88 82 46 36 .561 4th in Midwest 4 1 3 .250 Lost in First Round
New Jersey 1989–90 82 17 65 .207 6th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
New Jersey 1990–91 82 26 56 .317 5th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
New Jersey 1991–92 82 40 42 .488 3rd in Atlantic 4 1 3 .250 Lost in First Round
L.A. Clippers 1994–95 82 17 65 .207 7th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
L.A. Clippers 1995–96 82 29 53 .354 7th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
L.A. Clippers 1996–97 82 36 46 .439 5th in Pacific 3 0 3 .000 Lost in First Round
L.A. Clippers 1997–98 82 17 65 .207 7th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
Career 2,050 944 1,106 .460 109 55 54 .505

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