SEQUIM, Wash. — Phil Woolpert, who coached the University of San Francisco to NCAA basketball championships in 1955 and 1956, died of lung cancer at his home Tuesday. He was 71.
Woolpert's two national title teams were led by Bill Russell and K.C. Jones, who later starred for the Boston Celtics in the NBA. Jones now coaches the Celtics, and Russell was just named coach of the Sacramento Kings.
Woolpert was diagnosed as having lung cancer last summer. He was survived by his wife, Mary, and five children. He was a native of Danville, Ky.
He coached at USF for nine seasons and resigned in 1959 with a 149-74 record. After Woolpert left USF, he coached the San Francisco Saints of the old American Basketball League in 1961-62. He later became the basketball coach and athletic director at University of San Diego, where he compiled a 90-90 record from 1962 through 1969.