Fred Schaus

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Fred Schaus
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Schaus from The Monticola, 1955
Personal information
Born(1925-06-30)June 30, 1925
Newark, Ohio
DiedFebruary 10, 2010(2010-02-10) (aged 84)
Morgantown, West Virginia
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Newark (Newark, Ohio)
College West Virginia (1946–1949)
NBA draft 1949 / Round: 3
Selected by the Fort Wayne Pistons
Playing career1949–1954
Position Small forward
Number8, 17
Career history
As player:
19491953 Fort Wayne Pistons
1953–1954 New York Knicks
As coach:
19541960 West Virginia
19601967 Los Angeles Lakers
19721978 Purdue
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

As executive:

Career NBA statistics
Points 4,070 (12.2 ppg)
Rebounds 1,609 (6.0 rpg)
Assists 961 (2.9 apg)
Stats at

Frederick Appleton Schaus (June 30, 1925 – February 10, 2010) was an American basketball player, head coach and athletic director for the West Virginia University Mountaineers, player for the National Basketball Association's Fort Wayne Pistons and New York Knicks, general manager and head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, head coach of Purdue University basketball, and a member of the NCAA Basketball Committee. He was born in Newark, Ohio. [1]

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West Virginia Mountaineers athletic program of West Virginia University

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College career

Schaus played basketball at West Virginia, where he earned the record of first to score 1,000 career points (1,009). He was also selected to the All-American team in 1949.

West Virginia Mountaineers mens basketball

The West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team represents West Virginia University in NCAA Division I college basketball competition. They are a member of the Big 12 Conference. WVU has won 13 conference tournament championships, and has 29 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including two Final Fours, most recently in 2010. The Mountaineers have also appeared in 16 National Invitation Tournaments, and have won two championships, in 1942 and 2007.

Pro career

Schaus left West Virginia to join the Fort Wayne Pistons in the 1949–1950 season. He scored 14.3 points a game and a year later scored a career-best 15.3 points a game. He was selected to play in the first NBA All-Star Game and scored eight points for the West. However, he only averaged 14.1 points per game in 1952, and then in 1953 it dropped to 10.1 points per game.

The 1951 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game played on March 2, 1951, at Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, home of the Boston Celtics. The game was the first edition of the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game and was played during the 1950–51 NBA season. The idea of holding an All-Star Game was conceived during a meeting between NBA President Maurice Podoloff, NBA publicity director Haskell Cohen and Boston Celtics owner Walter A. Brown. At that time, the basketball world had just been stunned by the college basketball point-shaving scandal. In order to regain public attention to the league, Cohen suggested the league to host an exhibition game featuring the league's best players, similar to the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. Although most people, including Podoloff, were pessimistic about the idea, Brown remained confident that it would be a success. He even offered to host the game and to cover all the expenses or potential losses incurred from the game. The Eastern All-Stars team defeated the Western All-Stars team 111–94. Boston Celtics' Ed Macauley was named as the first NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award. The game became a success, drawing an attendance of 10,094, much higher than that season's average attendance of 3,500.

He was traded to the New York Knicks halfway through the 1954 season and ended his NBA career that season with 7.1 points per game average.

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NBA career statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

1949–50 Fort Wayne 68.352.8182.614.3
1950–51 Fort Wayne 68.340.8357.32.715.1
1951–52 Fort Wayne 6241.6.361.8337.04.014.1
1952–53 Fort Wayne 6936.8.334.8216.03.610.5
1953–54 Fort Wayne 2311.8.397.7602.2.93.8
1953–54 New York 4428.3.386.7934.92.08.8


1950 Fort Wayne 4.364.8392.818.5
1951 Fort Wayne 3.386.8185.33.314.3
1952 Fort Wayne 245.0.343.8757.57.015.5
1953 Fort Wayne 830.5.300.7615.35.38.9
1954 New York 429.8.280.9333.03.07.0

College coaching career

West Virginia

After his retirement from the NBA, Schaus returned to his alma mater to coach the Mountaineers. In his first season, he led the Mountaineers to a 19–11 mark and an NCAA tournament appearance. In the next five seasons, he posted an amazing 127–26 (.831) record, which included five consecutive NCAA tournament berths. He led WVU to the NCAA finals in 1959, but lost to Pete Newell's California team, 71–70. [2]

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After leaving NBA coaching and management in 1972, he returned to the college ranks to coach at Purdue University, taking over for George King. He held a 104–60 overall record as the Boilermaker's head coach, while leading them to the 1974 NIT Championship and a berth in the 1977 NCAA tournament. He then owned the distinction of being the only coach to reach the NIT finals, NCAA finals, and the NBA Finals.

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At Purdue, Schaus was the successor to George King, who was Schaus' successor at West Virginia.

After 1981, Schaus returned to WVU to serve as the athletic director.

Professional coaching/management career

Los Angeles Lakers

After the 1960 season, he left college coaching for the Los Angeles Lakers and reunited with his former WVU star, Jerry West. Schaus guided the Lakers to seven consecutive playoff appearances, including 4 Western Conference Championships [2] in 5 years (1962, 1963, 1965 and 1966) then in 1967 he moved to the front office to become the Lakers GM. He rebuilt the Lakers, eventually winning the 1972 NBA title.

Schaus died in Morgantown, West Virginia in February 2010. [3]

Head coaching record


West Virginia Mountaineers (Southern Conference)(1954–1960)
1954–55West Virginia19–119–11st NCAA First Round
1955–56 West Virginia21–910–2T–1st NCAA First Round
1956–57 West Virginia25–512–01st NCAA University Division First Round
1957–58 West Virginia 26–212–01st NCAA University Division First Round
1958–59 West Virginia 29–511–01st NCAA University Division Runner-up
1959–60 West Virginia 26–59–22nd NCAA University Division Regional Third Place
West Virginia:146–37 (.798)63–5 (.926)
Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference)(1972–1978)
1973–74 Purdue 21–910–43rd NIT Champion
1975–76 Purdue 16–1111–73rd
1976–77Purdue20–814–42nd NCAA Division I First Round
Purdue:104–60 (.634)65–35 (.650)
Total:250 – 97 (.720)

      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


Regular seasonGGames coachedWGames wonLGames lostW–L %Win–loss %
PlayoffsPGPlayoff gamesPWPlayoff winsPLPlayoff lossesPW–L %Playoff win–loss %
LAL 1960–61 793643.4562nd in Western1266.500Lost in Western Div. Finals
LAL 1961–62 805426.6751st in Western1376.538Lost in NBA Finals
LAL 1962–63 805327.6631st in Western1367.462Lost in NBA Finals
LAL 1963–64 804238.5253rd in Western523.400Lost in Western Div. Semifinals
LAL 1964–65 804931.6131st in Western1156.455Lost in NBA Finals
LAL 1965–66 804535.5631st in Western1477.500Lost in NBA Finals
LAL 1966–67 813645.4443rd in Western303.000Lost in Western Div. Semifinals

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  2. 1 2 Stavro, Barry (February 12, 2010), "Fred Schaus dies at 84; first L.A. Lakers head coach", The Los Angeles Times
  3. Fred Schaus, Coach of Lakers in First Los Angeles Years, Dies at 84. The New York Times. February 13, 2010.