Schenectady City School District
   Athletic Hall of Fame    & Reunion Dinner                                           


Pat Riley
  • Graduate of Linton High School 1963

  • 3 year varsity basketball player at Linton (46-7)

  • High school basketball All-American in 1963 (also, high school All-American)

  • Scored 1,000 career points

  • Won Class A league title, Class A Sectional title and Class A-B Section II Championship (1961)

  • Led Linton to 1961 Holiday Festival Tournament title defeating Power Memorial with Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) in the final

  • Lettered in basketball, football, baseball, and track

  • First player to win the Union Star's County Player of the Year as a junior and senior

  • Played basketball for legendary coach, Adolph Rupp, at the University of Kentucky (1964-67)

  • Member of "Rupp's Runts" that advanced to NCAA championship game in 1966

  • At 6'4", he jumped center and won vast majority of jump balls

  • MVP at Kentucky for 3 years, averaging 22 points per game as a junior

  • Wildcats captain as a senior

  • Collegiate basketball All-American

  • First round NBA draft pick of San Diego Rockets in 1967 (7th overall pick)

  • Played 9 years in NBA 9scored 3,906 points, averaging 7.4 points per game)

  • Joined Lakers in 1970 - 71

  • Averaged 6.7 points per game on Lakers 1971-72 NBA championship team (played with Chamberlain, West and Goodrich)

  • 1971-72 Lakers won 33 consecutive games (NBA record)

  • Completed his NBA career with Phoenix Suns

  • After retirement, he broadcasted Laker games with Chick Hearn

  • Assistant coach with NBA champion Lakers in 1980

  • Became Laker head coach in 1981

  • Won NBA title in his first season as head coach

  • Won 4 NBA championships with Lakers including back-to-back titles in 1987 and 1988

  • Coach of the Eighties

  • Host for NBA games on NBC

  • Coached the New York Knicks (1991 - 1995), leading them to the NBA finals in 1994

  • Currently President and head coach of the Miami Heat

  • Has coached in 9 All-Star games

  • NBA Coach of the Year 3 times (L.A., NY, Miami)

  • Has won 16 of 18 division titles, including 4 in a row in Miami

  • Overall regular season record:  999 - 434 (.697)

  • Second most career wins in NBA history

  • Playoff record:  155-97 (.615)

  • Most career playoff wins

  • Has won 8 conference titles

  • 6 World Championships (player and coach)

  • Coached legendary players:  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Bob McAdoo, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway

  • Motivational speaker

  • His books Showtime, and The Winner Within, have appeared on the NY Times Best Seller list

  • Central Park basketball courts named in his honor

  • Introduced D.A.R.E. program to Schenectady School District

  • Selected by the Times Union as one of the Capital Region's Top 10 Athletes of the Century

  • Sports Illustrated's Greatest Athletes/Sports Figures of the Century (39th on the New York State list)




Athletic Hall of Fame


  Schenectady City School District  Athletic Hall of Fame and Reunion Dinner