May 25, 1988 |
Brian Newhall, the junior varsity basketball coach at Occidental College, has been named to replace Bill Westphal as the school's varsity coach. Newhall, 28, coached his 1987 team to a share of the conference championship and a 13-11 overall record, 8-4 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Assn., despite having no starter taller than 6 feet, 2 inches. Last season, the Tigers (12-14, 4-6) finished fourth in the conference.
January 13, 1989 |
Bill Westphal remembers the days when his younger brother, Paul, now an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Assn., was "just a little squirt hanging around my USC buddies" in their North Redondo Beach neighborhood. "Back then he was my brother," Bill said of Paul. "Now that he's famous, I'm his brother." Both count successful careers in basketball.
April 21, 1988 |
Bill Westphal, basketball coach at Occidental College, has resigned as coach of the Vancouver Nighthawks of the World Basketball League because an NCAA rule prohibits him from coaching both a professional and college team. Westphal, the 44-year-old brother of former NBA player Paul Westphal, was scheduled to attend the beginning of Vancouver's training camp last week but did not show up after Occidental President Richard Gilman informed him such a move would violate the NCAA constitution.
April 6, 1990
Bill Westphal, who resigned from his position as Occidental College basketball coach in 1988, was fired Thursday as coach at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Westphal replaced his brother, Paul, who left Grand Canyon in 1988 to become an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns. Paul Westphal, a USC graduate, played guard for the Suns and Boston Celtics in the 1970s.
January 6, 1989 |
Occidental College basketball Coach Brian Newhall has penciled "golf with Westy" in his date book to remind him of Sunday's commitment to Bill Westphal. However, if things go as planned for Newhall, his relationship with the Grand Canyon College coach will be far less amicable Saturday night. The Tigers' first-year coach, who took over for Westphal last year, is hoping to square off with his predecessor in the final of the Occidental tournament.
January 5, 1989 |
Cal State Dominguez Hills won't have many breaks in its men's basketball schedule from here on. The Toros (6-5), who open California Collegiate Athletic Assn. play Jan. 13, will play host to unbeaten Grand Canyon College of Phoenix in their final CCAA tuneup tonight at 7:30. Grand Canyon (11-0) returns three starters and is defending NAIA champion. However, the team's leading scorer, Danl Williams (24 points a game), is not expected to play. He is sidelined with a hairline fracture in a foot.