Larry Costello

Inducted in 1988

Born: July 2, 1931 in Minoa, NY

  • Graduated Minoa High School: 1949
  • All-American at Niagara University: 1952-1953
  • Costello starred at Niagara University and his No. 69 jersey was retired by the school on Nov. 17 2001.He wore No. 24 for his first two seasons and switched his number after playing 69 minutes, 40 seconds, in a six-overtime victory against Siena on Feb. 21, 1953.
  • Costello left Niagara University as the Eagles all-time leading scorer with 1,275 points.
  • Charter member of Niagara’s Basketball "Hall of Fame"
  • As a guard at Niagara University, Costello averaged 15.0 points a game in three seasons as a starter.
  • The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder joined the NBA's Philadelphia Warriors in 1954. After spending part of his first season and all of the 1955-56 season in the military service, Costello returned to the Warriors for the 1956-57 season.
  • He was sold to the Syracuse Nationals in October of 1957. After the Warriors moved to California, the Syracuse franchise went to Philadelphia and became known as the 76ers in 1963.
  • Costello played 12 seasons for the Philadelphia Warriors, Syracuse Nationals and Philadelphia 76ers and averaged 12.2 points per game. He scored 8,622 points in 706 career games. Costello played with Wilt Chamberlain on the 76ers team that won the 1967 title after posting a then-record 68 victories.
  • Syracuse "Athlete of the Year", 1960, with Syracuse Nationals.
  • Played in five NBA All-Star games and twice led the league in foul shooting
  • A season after retiring as a player, Costello became coach of the expansion Bucks in 1968-1969. In his third season, led by Lew Alcindor and Oscar Robertson, Costello guided the Bucks to the NBA championship, marking the fastest rise ever in pro sports.
  • Coached Milwaukee Bucks nine seasons; won the World Championship: 1970 - 1971
  • Coached Chicago Bulls one season.
  • Won NBA titles as a player and coach and was one of the last to use the two-handed set shot
  • An innovator as well, Costello was one the first NBA coaches to use a full-time bench assistant, and to scout future opponents.
  • Coached Milwaukee Does one season of the WNBA.
  • In 1980, Costello went to Utica College, which was making the transition from NCAA Division III to Division I basketball. He had only one winning season there, and retired in 1987.
  • As a player, Costello scored 8,622 points in 706 regular season games, a 12.2 average, and had 3,215 assists. He added 592 points in 52 playoff games for an 11.4 average.
  • His professional coaching record was 430-300, a .589 winning percentage, in the regular season and 37-23 in the playoffs.
  • Larry Costello was inducted into the New York State Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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