College - Florida State
Dave Cowens is entering his third season with the Detroit Pistons as an assistant coach. Prior to joining the Pistons he served as head coach and general manager for the expansion Chicago Sky in the WNBA in 2006.
Cowens brings with him nine years of coaching experience to the Pistons, including six years as an NBA head coach. He served as a player/coach for the 1978-79 Boston Celtics and re-joined the NBA coaching ranks in 1997 with the Charlotte Hornets. Cowens led Charlotte to their only back-to-back 50-win seasons in his first two seasons and posted a 109-70 (.609) with the Hornets from 1997-99. He was named head coach of the Golden State Warriors in 2001, amassing a 25-80 record in two seasons. Overall, he's posted a 161-191 (.457) coaching record.
Originally selected by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 1970 NBA Draft (fourth overall), Cowens enjoyed a prolific 11-year NBA playing career, including 10 seasons with Boston. The 6-9 center, who earned a reputation as a blue-collar player who outworked his opponents with hustle and desire, became the 14th player in Celtics franchise history to have his jersey (#18) retired on February 8, 1981. He earned NBA Co-Rookie of the Year honors in 1970-71 (along with Portland's Geoff Petrie) and the league's Most Valuable Player award in 1972-73, when he averaged career-high figures in both scoring (20.5) and rebounding (16.2)
Cowens averaged a double-double (points/rebounds) in each of his first eight NBA seasons, including his rookie campaign in 1970-71 (17.0 points and 15.0 rebounds). He was a member of two NBA Championship teams with the Celtics (1974, 1976), earned All-NBA Second Team honors three times (1973, 1975, 1976), NBA All-Defensive First Team honors once (1976), NBA All-Defensive Second Team honors twice (1975, 1980) and ranked among the league's top 10 leaders in rebounding seven times. Furthermore, he was a member of the Eastern Conference All-Star team on six occasions, highlighted by the 1973 classic in Chicago, when he earned MVP honors (15 points/13 rebounds). He collected 20 rebounds in his first-ever All-Star Game appearance in 1972.
A Kentucky native, Cowens attended Florida State University, where he still holds the single-game record for rebounds in a game (31). He and is wife, Deby, have two daughters, Meghan and Samantha.