NBA's Hornets hire Van Breda Kolff as assistant

Former Vanderbilt men's basketball coach Jan van Breda Kolff, dismissed earlier this year by St. Bonaventure, was named Monday as an assistant coach for the New Orleans Hornets by the team's new coach, Tim Floyd.

Van Breda Kolff, head coach of the Commodores for six seasons from 1993-2000, was fired by St. Bonaventure in April after improprieties surfaced involving the eligibility of Bonnies' center Jamil Terrell. The Bonnies were stripped of six Atlantic 10 Conference victories and barred from postseason play, while the school's president and athletic director both resigned. Van Breda Kolff has consistently denied wrongdoing in the matter.

Van Breda Kolff's father Butch, a journeyman coach in both the professional and college ranks, was once head coach of the New Orleans Jazz (now the Utah Jazz), and before that the University of New Orleans.

Van Breda Kolff played collegiately at Vanderbilt under Roy Skinner and led the Commodores to a share of the SEC Championship in 1974. He was named SEC Player of the Year in 1974, and later went on to play in both the ABA and NBA.

In 11 seasons as a collegiate head coach, van Breda Kolff compiled a record of 191-141 with two NCAA appearances. In addition to Vanderbilt and St. Bonaventure, he has coached collegiately at Cornell and Pepperdine.


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