Flip Saunders

Phillip "Flip" Saunders (born February 23, 1955) is an American basketball coach who last served as head coach of the NBA's Detroit Pistons. Saunders was one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Continental Basketball Association. Saunders was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was an All-America basketball player at Cuyahoga Heights High School in suburban Cleveland. In his senior season, 1973, he was named Ohio's Class A High School Basketball Player of the Year, leading the state in scoring average with 32.0 points per game. At the University of Minnesota he started 101 of his 103 career contests and as a senior teamed with Ray Williams, Mychal Thompson, Kevin McHale, who was part of the Boston Celtics legacy of the 1980s, and more recently, has been the Minnesota Timberwolves' vice president of basketball operations. Together they led the Gophers to a school-best 24-3 record. Saunders began his coaching career at Golden Valley Lutheran College where he compiled a 92-13 record, including a perfect 56-0 mark at home, in four seasons. In 1981, he became an assistant coach at his alma mater, Minnesota, and helped guide the Golden Gophers to the Big Ten championship that


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