Tom "Satch" Sanders Headed to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Tom "Satch" Sanders coached the Harvard men's basketball team for four seasons (Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Former Harvard head coach and Boston Celtics legend Tom "Satch" Sanders has been elected as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011. Sanders was elected as a contributor from the Veteran's Committee. The enshrinement will take place in Springfield, Mass., Aug. 12.
Sanders, a forward who played with the Celtics from 1960-77, won eight National Basketball Association (NBA) Championships during his time in Boston and ranks third in NBA history in championship rings. He averaged 9.6 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per contest during his 13-year playing career. After retiring from the Celtics, Sanders entered the coaching field and served as head coach of the Crimson from 1973-77.
During his stint in Cambridge, Harvard won 40 games and went 27-29 in Ivy League play. The Crimson posted 9-5 conference records in 1973-74 and 1974-75, finishing third in Sanders's second season at the helm. Sanders returned to the NBA in 1977, coaching the Celtics for parts of two seasons.
Following his coaching career, Sanders helped develop the NBA's Rookie Transition Program and was a founder of several player programs for the NBA.
Sanders is the second member of the Harvard basketball family to have been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, as Edward Wachter, who coached the Crimson from 1920-33, was enshrined in 1961.