College - San Francisco
A five-time NBA Champion as a player and coach, Bill Cartwright enters his fourth season on the Suns’ coaching staff. Cartwright’s wealth of knowledge and experience stems from 16 seasons in the NBA as a player, 11 as an assistant and parts of three seasons as head coach of the Chicago Bulls (151 games).
Cartwright, 53, served five seasons as an assistant in the Bulls organization under Phil Jackson (1996-98) and Tim Floyd (1998-2001). Under Jackson, Cartwright was on the staff of both the 1997 and 1998 NBA Champion clubs. While with Floyd, the former 7-1 center was responsible for the development of power forwards and centers, including 2000 NBA Rookie of the Year Elton Brand. Cartwright served as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets for four seasons before joining the Suns in 2008.
Destined to be a coach, Cartwright was nicknamed “Teach” while playing because of his ability to pass on his knowledge of the game and its players to teammates. In 16 years as an NBA big man, Cartwright was tutored by some of the game’s best coaches, including Red Holzman, Hubie Brown, Doug Collins, George Karl and Jackson. He finished his playing days with regular season career averages of 13.2 points and 6.3 rebounds in 963 games and postseason averages of 8.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 124 playoff games.
Originally selected by the New York Knicks with the third overall pick of the 1979 NBA Draft, Cartwright spent his first nine seasons in the Big Apple before a June 27, 1988, trade sent him to Chicago and helped propel the Bulls to their first three NBA Championships. Cartwright was an NBA All-Star in 1980 and a member of the All-Rookie Team in 1979.
In four seasons as a standout athlete at the University of San Francisco, Cartwright graduated as the Dons all–time leading scorer, averaging 19.1 points and 10.2 rebounds. A three-time All-American and three-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year, he was recently named one of the WCC’s 50 Greatest Student-Athletes of All–Time. In 1994, he earned a master’s degree in organizational development and human resources from his alma mater.
He is active with Chicago's Allendale Association, a non-profit organization that houses and educates children who have been victims of abuse or have special needs, and also the Boys and Girls Club of Waukegan (Illinois). A native of Sacramento, Calif., Bill and his wife, Sheri, have four children: Justin, Jason, James and Kristin, and two grandchildren, Gavin and Trey.