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JAMES R. NEEDLES (March 3, 1900 – July 22, 1969) was an American basketball coach best known for being the United States ' first Olympic basketball coach in 1936.

Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1900, Needles studied at the University of San Francisco , then known as Saint Ignatius College. Needles played basketball for the then-Grey Fog, becoming a player-coach during his senior year in 1924. He was appointed the basketball team's full-time coach upon his graduation. Needles coached Saint Ignatius College to two championships, capturing the Far Western Conference championship in 1928 and the Pacific Association title in 1929.

Needles also coached Saint Ignatius' football team during this period, leading them to a runner-up spot in the 1928 Far Western Regionals.

Illness forced Needles to resign from Saint Ignatius College in 1932, but he began coaching Amateur Athletic Union basketball soon afterwards. Needles coached the Universal Pictures team to the AAU championship, and as a result, he was appointed as coach of the first U.S. Olympic basketball team, which competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin
Berlin
, Germany
Germany
.

Following the Berlin
Berlin
Olympics, Needles returned to the college ranks, this time at Loyola of Los Angeles , where he mentored future coaches Pete Newell , Phil Woolpert and future Loyola coach Edwin "Scotty" McDonald. He returned to the University of San Francisco in 1941 as its athletic director and was instrumental in Newell's appointment as head basketball coach in 1946.

REFERENCES

* ^ Middleton, Patricia (August 5, 2016). "Refiners struck gold in 1936 Olympics". McPherson Sentinel . Retrieved August 12, 2017. * ^ Hughes, Rich (2011). Netting Out Basketball
Basketball
1936 : The Remarkable Story of the McPherson Refiners, the First Team to Dunk, Zone Press, and Win the Olympic Gold Medal. p.329. FriesenPress . ISBN 978-1-7706-7970-2 .

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San Francisco Dons head football coaches

* Unknown (1917) * No team (1918) * Unknown (1919) * No team (1920–1923) * Jimmy Needles (1924–1931) * Lawrence Lewis (1932–1935) * George Malley (1936–1940) * Jeff Cravath (1941) * Al Tassi (1942–1943) * No team (1944–1945) * Maurice J. "Clipper" Smith (1946) * Edward McKeever (1947) * Joe Kuharich (1948–1951) * No team (1952–1958) * Unknown (1959–1960) * Robert MacKenzie (1961–1962) * Unknown (1963) * Ron Piercall (1964–1968) * Vince Tringali (1969–1971)

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San Francisco Dons men\'s basketball head coaches

* Jimmy Needles (1923–1931) * Phil Morrissey (1931–1932) * Wally Cameron (1932–1941) * Forrest Twogood
Forrest Twogood
(1941–1942) * Jimmy Needles (1942–1944) * No team (1944–1945) * William Bussenius (1945–1946) * Pete Newell (1946–1950) * Phil Woolpert (1950–1959) * Ross Giudice (1959–1960) * Peter Peletta (1960–1966) * Phil Vukicevich (1966–1970) * Bob Gaillard (1970–1978) * Dan Belluomini (1978–1980) * Pete Barry (1980–1982) * No team (1982–1985) * Jim Brovelli (1985–1995) * Philip Mathews (1995–2004) * Jessie Evans (2004–2007) * Eddie Sutton # (2007–2008) * Rex Walters (2008–2016) * Kyle Smith (2016– )

Pound sign (#) denotes interim head coach.

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Loyola Marymount Lions men\'s basketball head coaches

* No coach (1906–1907) * No team (1907–1908) * Unknown (1908–1910) * No team (1910–1911) * Unknown (1911–1912) * No team (1912–1913) * Unknown (1913–1914) * No records (1914–1923) * Thomas Flaherty (1923–1924) * Harold Hess (1924–1925) * George Casey (1925–1926) * John Richlie (1926–1929) * Joseph Donahue (1929–1931) * No teams (1931–1934) * William Sargent (1934–1936) * Jimmy Needles (1936–1940) * Bernie Bradley (1940–1942) * No coach (1942–1943) * Thomas Korn (1943–1944) * No team (1944–1946) * Scotty McDonald (1946–1952) * Edwin Powell (1952–1953) * William Donovan (1953–1961) * John Arndt (1961–1968) * Richard Baker (1968–1973) * Dave Benaderet (1973–1979) * Ron Jacobs (1979–1980) * Ed Goorjian (1980–1985) * Paul Westhead (1985–1990) * Jay Hillock (1990–1992) * John Olive (1992–1997) * Charles Bradley (1997–2000) * Steve Aggers (2000–2005) * Rodney Tention (2005–2008) * Bill Bayno (2008) * Max Good (2008–2014) * Mike Dunlap (2014– )

Pound sign (#) denotes interim head coach.

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