John William (Johnny) Bach (born July 10 1924 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former professional Basketball player and current coach. A 6'2" forward/guard, Bach played collegiately at Fordham University and Brown. He was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 1948 Basketball Association of America (BAA) Draft, and played 24 games for the Celtics.
In 1950 he became one of the nation's youngest head coaches at a major college when he took over the coaching job at Fordham University. He spent 18 years there, taking seven Ram teams to post-season tourneys, before starting a long and successful coaching career at Penn State, where he joined three former Brown friends - Rip Engle, Joe Paterno, and Joe McMullen.
Johnny Bach has served as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Bach would later coach the Golden State Warriors for over three years. He served as an interim coach briefly in 1980, and then as the full-time coach from 1983 to 1986.
As at February 2006, at the age of 81, Bach was an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls.
- BasketballReference.com: Johnny Bach (as coach)
- BasketballReference.com: Johnny Bach (as player)
- NBA.com Coach File: John Bach
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