Jan van Breda Kolff

Jan Van Breda Kolff (born December 16, 1951) is an American former college and professional basketball player and college basketball head coach. The son of coach Butch van Breda Kolff and grandson of Dutch soccer player Jan van Breda Kolff, he played from 1975 to 1983 for the Denver Nuggets, Kentucky Colonels, and Virginia Squires in the American Basketball Association, and the New York/New Jersey Nets in the National Basketball Association. From 1970 to 1974 he played for Vanderbilt University, and in 1974 he led the Commodores to a Southeastern Conference championship as SEC Player of the Year.[1]

Jan van Breda Kolff
Personal information
Born (1951-12-16) December 16, 1951
Palos Verdes, California
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolRolling Hills High School Rancho Palos Verdes, California
CollegeVanderbilt (1971–1974)
NBA draft1974 / Round: 2 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career1974–1985
PositionSmall forward
Number32, 5, 20, 22
Career history
As player:
1974–1975Denver Nuggets
1975–1976Virginia Squires
1976Kentucky Colonels
19761983New York / New Jersey Nets
1983–1985Granarolo Bologna
As coach:
2001–2003St. Bonaventure
2008–2010Nashville Broncs / Music City Stars
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points3,696 (6.2 ppg)
Rebounds2,572 (4.3 rpg)
Assists1,178 (2.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

He also spent two years in Italy, from 1983 to 1985, helping Italian team Virtus Bologna win a championship.

Coaching career

Van Breda Kolff's tenure at St. Bonaventure ended abruptly in controversy late in the 2002–03 season. St. Bonaventure declared junior college transfer Jamil Terrell eligible to play without sitting out a year (as he would have been under NCAA rules if he had earned an associate degree), even though Terrell had only earned a welding certificate. Athletic director Gothard Lane had told school president Robert Wickenheiser that Terrell was ineligible to play that year. However, Wickenheiser, under prodding from his son Kort, who was also one of Van Breda Kolff's assistants, unilaterally declared Terrell eligible. School officials didn't seek guidance from the NCAA about Terrell's eligibility until the 2002–03 season was nearly over. The Bonnies were forced to forfeit every game in which Terrell played, and were also barred from the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament. In protest, the Bonnies players opted to sit out the last two games.[2][3] Van Breda Kolff denied knowing about the scandal, and was cleared of wrongdoing.[4]

On April 25, 2007, he was named as one of three finalists to become the new head coach of UC Riverside's men's basketball program.

Van Breda Kolff was named coach of the Nashville Broncos of the American Basketball Association in 2008. He stayed with the team through its name change to the Music City Stars, but lost his job when the team disbanded in 2010.

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Cornell Big Red (Ivy League) (1991–1993)
1991–92 Cornell 7–195–95th
1992–93 Cornell 16–109–53rd
Cornell: 23–29 (.442)14–14 (.500)
Vanderbilt Commodores (Southeastern Conference) (1993–1999)
1993–94 Vanderbilt 20–129–73rdNIT Runner-up
1994–95 Vanderbilt 13–156–104th
1995–96 Vanderbilt 19–127–94thNIT Second Round
1996–97 Vanderbilt 18–149–74thNCAA Division I First Round
1997–98 Vanderbilt 20–137–9T–4thNIT Quarterfinal
1998–99 Vanderbilt 14–155–115th
Vanderbilt: 104–81 (.562)43–53 (.448)
Pepperdine Waves (West Coast Conference) (1999–2001)
1999–00 Pepperdine 25–912–21stNCAA Division I Second Round
2000–01 Pepperdine 22–912–22ndNIT Second Round
Pepperdine: 47–18 (.723)24–4 (.857)
St. Bonaventure Bonnies (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2001–2003)
2001–02 St. Bonaventure 17–138–86thNIT Second Round
2002–03 St. Bonaventure 13–147–97th
St. Bonaventure: 30–27 (.526)15–17 (.469)
Total:204–155 (.568)

      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


  1. "About Coach Jan van Breda Kolff". Archived from the original on March 13, 2007. Retrieved November 27, 2006.
  2. Weiss, Dick. Bona AD: wronged for doing right. New York Daily News, April 19, 2003.
  3. 2004 infraction report
  4. "Jan Van Breda Kolff's Winning Record Is Tarnished by One Failure". New York Times. May 2, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2010.
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