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John William "Jack" McCloskey (born October 19, 1925) is a retired American basketball player, coach and executive. He served in World War II as a lieutenant commanding a landing ship for Marines. He played one game for the Philadelphia Warriors of the NBA during the 1953 season, scoring 6 points in that game. He served as head coach of the University of Pennsylvania from 1956 to 1966, and of Wake Forest from 1966 to 1972. Following that, he served as the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers from 1972 through 1974, earning a 48-116 win/loss record. He followed this stint as an assistant coach to Jerry West and the Los Angeles Lakers. When West became general manager, McCloskey felt he had earned the right to become head coach, but Jack McKinney was hired instead. In 1979, he became general manager of the Detroit Pistons.

During the next 13 years, "Trader Jack," as he was known, made over 30 trades, constantly upgrading his team to become a true challenger to the Boston Celtics, one of the dominant teams in the NBA's Eastern Conference. His best-known moves were drafting future Hall-Of-Famer Joe Dumars outside the lottery and rebounding champ Dennis Rodman in the second round of the NBA Draft, trading three players for future all-star center and dominant rebounder Bill Laimbeer and trading superstar Adrian Dantley for Mark Aguirre during the 1988-89 season, a move that helped the Pistons win the NBA championship in 1989 and 1990. After the Chicago Bulls swept an injury-riddled Piston team in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, "Trader Jack" made his last moves. He acquired Darrell Walker, Brad Sellers, and Orlando Woolridge, and let go of Vinnie Johnson and James Edwards to try to make the team younger. He drafted Doug Overton in the second round that year (the Pistons had traded their first-round pick away), who did not even play the following season. The Pistons struggled with their chemistry, as key subs like John Salley did not improve their performance, yet they won 48 games. They lost in five games to the New York Knicks in the first round, and McCloskey left the team. He later served in the front offices of the Minnesota Timberwolves (1992-1995), and the Toronto Raptors (2004), the latter on an interim basis.

On March 29, 2008, McCloskey had his name honored in Detroit, with banner raised at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Now retired, he currently resides in Georgia.[1]

His daughter is the writer Molly McCloskey, whose memoir Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost Brother (2011) recounts the story of the McCloskey family with particular focus on Molly's brother (Jack McCloskey's son), Mike.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ FBI investigated letters sent to former Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly - ESPN, "Jack McCloskey, now retired and living in Georgia"
  2. ^ Irish Independent review of Circles Around the Sun
  3. ^ Irish Times review of Circles Around the Sun
  4. ^ Guardian review of Circles Around the Sun

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:34:33 -0800

St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's Claudy: Oisin O'Kane, Jack Lynch, Ryan Cunning, Sean Devine, Caolan Hone, Luke Murphy, Kallum Clark, Jack McCloskey, Shea McConomy, Liam Connolly, Oisin McCloskey, Conan Connolly, Cahir O'Connor, Ryan Brown, Marx ...
Alvernia University Athletics
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:56:15 -0800

... the floor in overtime and went 7-for-7 from the line in the extra period for an 87-80 win over #5 Arcadia University (14-12) Monday evening in first round action of the Commonwealth Conference Men's Basketball Championships at Jack McCloskey Court.
Alvernia University Athletics
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:30:00 -0800

... (14-9, 9-6) shot a blistering 60 percent from the floor—including 63 percent from behind the arc—in an 88-56 win over Lebanon Valley College (12-12, 6-9) Tuesday evening in Commonwealth Conference Men's Basketball action at Jack McCloskey Court.
Alvernia University Athletics
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:52:30 -0800

... University head coach Mike Miller picked up win number 200 as the Crusaders (12-9, 7-6) scored a 79-69 win over Stevenson University (16-6, 9-4) Wednesday evening in Commonwealth Conference men's basketball action at Jack McCloskey Court.
The Times Herald
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:26:15 -0800

... — Act 192 - As I mentioned last week, this Act basically gives the NRA permission to run roughshod over all of our municipalities. As an example, I mentioned that the NRA is suing Lancaster because it had an ordinance that required people to ...
The Times Herald
Sun, 08 Feb 2015 23:07:30 -0800

Names like Harry Litwack, Jack Ramsay, Jimmy Lynam, Jack Kraft, Paul Westhead, Jack McKinney, Jack McCloskey, Chuck Daly, Dick Harter, John Chaney, Jim Phelan and Matt Goukas all started at Philadelphia area high schools or colleges before going ...
Alvernia University Athletics
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 20:07:30 -0800

Reading, Pa. (Feb. 4, 2015) – Messiah College (12-8, 5-7) scored on a driving bucket with five seconds left for a 63-61 win over Alvernia University (11-8, 6-5) Wednesday evening in Commonwealth Conference men's basketball action at Jack McCloskey ...
Alvernia University Athletics
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:26:15 -0800

Reading, Pa. (Feb. 17, 2015) - Alvernia University (8-16, 4-11) held off several second half surges by Lebanon Valley College (16-8, 7-8) to capture a 69-55 victory in Commonwealth Conference women's basketball action Tuesday night at Jack McCloskey ...

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