In Memoriam (1943 – 2017)
Michael H. Goldberg
In 1980, four years after the National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) was founded, Michael Goldberg became its first Executive Director. Michael built on the existing foundation of the NBCA and guided it during the years of explosive growth of professional basketball. During his tenure as Executive Director, Michael gained increased benefits for NBA coaches and unique marketing opportunities in partnership with the NBA. He represented numerous coaches in contract negotiations and secured marketing and broadcasting opportunities for the Association’s membership. Prior to joining the NBCA, Michael served as General Counsel for the American Basketball Association where, along with its late Commissioner, Dave DeBusschere, he guided the League until its merger with the NBA in 1976.
In 2017, Michael received the coveted John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award was instituted by the Board of Trustees of the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1973 and is the most prestigious award presented by the Hall of Fame outside of Enshrinement.
Since 2017, the NBCA has honored its first Executive Director through the Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award. The Award recognizes the dedication and hard work of NBA Head Coaches. It is presented annually to a Head Coach who helps guide his players to a higher level of performance on the court and shows outstanding service and dedication to the community off the court. The Award honors the spirit of Michael H. Goldberg who set the standard for loyalty, integrity, love of the game, passionate representation, and tireless promotion of NBA Coaching. It is unique in that it is the only award voted upon by the winners’ peers, the Head Coaches of all 30 NBA teams.