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Satch Sanders

Satch Sanders
Sanders at the New England Basketball Hall of Fame induction dinner in 2013.
Personal information
Born (1938-11-08) November 8, 1938 (age 81)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Seward Park
(New York City, New York)
College NYU (1957–1960)
NBA draft 1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career 1960–1973
Position Power forward
Number 16
Career history
As player:
19601973 Boston Celtics
As coach:
1973–1977 Harvard
1978 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 8,766 (9.6 ppg)
Rebounds 5,798 (6.3 rpg)
Assists 1,026 (1.1 apg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame

Thomas Ernest "Satch" Sanders (born November 8, 1938) is a retired American college and professional basketball player and coach. He was a 6'6", 210 lb power forward. On April 4, 2011, it was announced that Sanders was elected to the 2011 class to enter the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor.

After playing at New York University as a stand out collegian he spent all of his 13 years in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Boston Celtics, being part of eight championship teams in 1961-66, 1968 and 1969. In NBA history, only teammates Bill Russell and Sam Jones have won more championship rings during their playing careers. He ended his career in 1973.

Following his playing career Sanders became the basketball coach at Harvard University, a position he held until 1977. Sanders became the first African-American to serve as a head coach of any sport in the Ivy League.[1] In 1978, Sanders became the head coach of the Boston Celtics, taking over for former teammate Tommy Heinsohn. Sanders returned the following season; however after a 2-12 record he was replaced by Dave Cowens, who took on the role as a player-coach.

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