BOB SPEAR---THE FATHER OF AIR FORCE BASKETBALL

 

The first head basketball coach for the Air Force Academy was Bob Spear. Coach Spear was a graduate of DePauw University in Indiana, a decorated Air Force pilot, a nationally ranked tennis player, and the assistant basketball coach at the U.S.  Naval Academy prior to his assignment to the Air Force Academy. His first assistant coach was Dean Smith, the former nationally renowned basketball and Hall of Fame Coach at the University of North Carolina.

 

Coach Spear coached from 1957-71. He was innovative, a great teacher and exuded confidence to cadets. It is not surprising then that, Spear led the Air Force Falcons to a 177-175 record, winning seasons in seven of his fifteen years, and the school's first two NCAA  Regional appearances in 1960 and 1962.His teams have the most victories in school history.Two of his players were selected as All- Americans, six are retired Air Force Generals, and the 1970 team captain, Greg Popovich, is the Coach of the San Antonio Spurs and has won three NBA Titles.

 

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