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Ernie Vandeweghe

Ernie Vandeweghe
Personal information
Born (1928-09-12)September 12, 1928
Montreal, Quebec
Died November 8, 2014(2014-11-08) (aged 86)
Newport Beach, California
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Career information
High school Oceanside (Oceanside, New York)
College Colgate (1945–1949)
NBA draft 1949 / Round: 3
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 1949–1956
Position Guard / Small forward
Number 9, 18
Career history
19491956 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 2,135 (9.5 ppg)
Rebounds 834 (4.6 rpg)
Assists 548 (2.4 apg)
Stats at

Ernest Maurice "Ernie" Vandeweghe Jr. (September 12, 1928 – November 8, 2014) was an United States Air Force veteran and professional basketball player. He was best known for playing for the New York Knicks of the NBA and for the athletic successes of his family. He and his wife Colleen Kay Hutchins (Miss America for 1952)[1] were the parents of former NBA All-Star (and former New Jersey Nets coach) Kiki Vandeweghe and grandfather of tennis professional Coco Vandeweghe.

In his youth, Vandeweghe played football, basketball and baseball for Oceanside High School on Long Island where he was also a member of the Omega Gamma Delta Fraternity. A 6'3" guard, Vandeweghe played collegiately for the Colgate University Raiders, where he was an All-American. He was drafted by the Knicks in the 1949 BAA Draft, and played in the NBA for six seasons.[citation needed]

After retiring from the NBA in 1956, Vandeweghe served as a physician for the Air Force; while stationed overseas in Germany. Besides Kiki, he had three other children who were world-class athletes: daughter Tauna won a U.S. national swimming championship in the backstroke (and competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics), son Bruk medalled in beach volleyball in the 1994 Goodwill Games, and daughter Heather was captain of the U.S. national women's polo team and followed in her father's footsteps through medical school to become a physician.[citation needed]

Vandeweghe served as chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and served on the Olympic Sports Commission under President Gerald Ford, where he assisted with development of two key pieces of sports legislation – Title IX and the 1976 Amateur Athletic Act. He has also been a senior vice president with Focus Partners LLC, a New York-based financial services firm, and a consultant with the United States Golf and Fitness Association. He occasionally provided commentary for several sports publications. He died at the age of 86 on November 8, 2014.[2]

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