Bach, whose playing career at Fordham was interrupted by World War II, coached the Rams for 18 seasons (1950-68) and compiled a 263-193 record, earning two NCAA berths and five NIT appearances.
“We all are mourning the passing of Coach Bach, a true coaching legend,” said Dave Roach, Fordham’s director of athletics. “He touched and influenced so many during his life and coaching career. He inspired and tutored some of the greatest names in basketball.”
Bach began his basketball career
He served in the Navy until late 1947, when he returned to Fordham, earned his degree and team MVP honors during the 1947-48 season.
Bach, who was an assistant coach
on the 1972
“He encouraged me, worked with me
and really helped me to mold my game,”
In addition to the Bulls and
Warriors, Bach also was on the staffs of the Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons
and Washington Wizards. He also coached at
“Everyone has a different experience to talk about with John because he did so much in so many different places,” P.J. Carlesimo, a Fordham alumnus and former college and NBA coach, told NBA.com. “ … He touched so many people. Delightful guy. … The ultimate gentleman. People loved him.”