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CL and John "Jack" McCloskey. (3/25/13)

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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Reading Eagle
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 21:03:45 -0800

Alvernia 78, Hood 70: At Jack McCloskey Court, the Crusaders led by 11 at halftime and held on to get a Commonwealth win over the Blazers. Berks Catholic grad Mike Miller Jr. had seven 3s and scored a season-high 27 points and Berks Catholic grad ...
Alvernia University Athletics
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:30:00 -0800

Reading, Pa. (Feb. 3, 2016) – Mike Miller , Jr. scored a career-high 27 points to lead Alvernia University (13-8, 9-3) to a 78-70 win over Hood College (11-10, 5-7) Wednesday evening in MAC Commonwealth men's basketball action at Jack McCloskey Court.
Journal Inquirer
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 08:41:15 -0800

Having scored just two goals in a three-game losing streak, the South Windsor High hockey team was in need of a momentum-building victory to stop the bleeding. The Bobcats got it in their second win of the season against East Catholic. Jack McCloskey ...

Reading Eagle

Reading Eagle
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:15:00 -0800

The Alvernia Crusaders play Hood College at 8 p.m. on Jack McCloskey Court, 400 Saint Bernardine St. Admission is $5. Thursday. "Magic: The Gathering" club meets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Mifflin Community Library, 6 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington. Tyler ...
Alvernia University Athletics
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 06:30:00 -0700

"The late Jack McCloskey was a basketball standout at Central Catholic and Kutztown State College. He went on to coach basketball at North Schuylkill and Boyertown, compiling a 250-132 record and winning three league titles. At Alvernia, where he won ...

Reading Eagle

Reading Eagle
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:06:25 -0800

Alvernia men's basketball coach Mike Miller has questioned the toughness of his son, Mike Jr., and Marquis Marshall, who have been bothered by leg injuries. But after the performance of the former Berks Catholic teammates Wednesday night, even the ...

Reading Eagle

Reading Eagle
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:03:45 -0800

Lycoming 64, Alvernia 52: At Jack McCloskey Court, Spring-Ford grad Shelby Mueller and Chelsea Henderson each scored 14 points, leading the Warriors past the Crusaders in a MAC Commonwealth game. Olivia Manges had 13 points and Nicole Calella ...
Alvernia University Athletics
Sat, 30 Jan 2016 15:03:45 -0800

... George Sapp scored a career-high 21 points—including a huge second-half 3—as Alvernia University (12-8, 8-3) defeated Messiah College (5-14, 2-8) by a 72-64 final Saturday afternoon in MAC Commonwealth Men's Basketball at Jack McCloskey Court.

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