Coming to coach the University of Pennsylvania basketball squad after two seasons at Boston College, Chuck Daly led the Quakers to a 25-3 record in 1971-72 in his first season in West Philadelphia. In his six years on the Quakers’ sidelines, Penn tallied 125 wins to just 38 losses. During that stretch, Penn won four Ivy League championships, including four trips to the NCAA tournament, making an appearance in the Eastern Regional finals in 1972. The squad took second place in the Ivy League during Daly’s remaining years.
Daly left Penn following the 1976-77 season to take an assistant coaching position with the Philadelphia 76ers. Four years later, Daly began his professional head-coaching career, including jobs with the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons, and Orlando Magic. During his stint in Detroit, Daly and his squad earned a pair of NBA championships in 1988 and 1989.
Daly was also selected to coach the United States’ first “Dream Team” in Olympic competition, taking Team USA to an 8-0 record and the gold medal at the 1992 Games in Barcelona.