Gary Cunningham
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Gary Cunningham
Gary Cunningham
Biographical details
Born1940/1941 (age 79-80)[1]
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1965-1975UCLA (assistant)
1979-1981Western Oregon State
1986-1995Fresno State
1995-2008UC Santa Barbara
Head coaching record
Tournaments3-2 (NCAA)
Accomplishments and honors

Gary Cunningham is an American former basketball player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head men's basketball coach at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1977 to 1979, guiding the UCLA Bruins to a 50-8 record in two seasons. UCLA won conference championships and finished with a #2 ranking in the final polls both seasons. Cunningham has the highest winning percentage of any coach in UCLA men's basketball history (.862).

Cunningham played basketball at UCLA on the varsity team from 1960 to 1962. He played in the first Final Four appearance for the Bruins in the 1962 NCAA Tournament. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on March 19, 1962.[2] Cunningham was selected by the Cincinnati Royals in the seventh round as the 58th pick of the 1962 NBA draft.

Cunningham was an assistant coach at UCLA under John Wooden from 1965 to 1975. In 1965 he was the coach of the UCLA freshman team that featured high school All-Americans Lew Alcindor and Lucius Allen. The freshmen defeated the UCLA varsity, rated number-one in the nation, by a score of 75 to 60 in the first game ever played at Pauley Pavilion.

Cunningham retired in the summer of 2008 after 13 years as the athletic director at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UCLA Bruins (Pacific-8/Pacific-10 Conference) (1977-1979)
1977-78 UCLA 25-3 14-0 1st NCAA Division I Sweet 16
1978-79 UCLA 25-5 15-3 1st NCAA Division I Elite Eight
UCLA: 50-8 29-3
Total: 50-8

      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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  2. ^ A SURPRISE BID BY UCLA'S BRUINS Archived 2007-06-12 at the Wayback Machine. Sports Illustrated - March 19, 1962

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