Henry Bibby, a coach with 38 years of college and professional experience and the only person to ever play for an NCAA, NBA and CBA championship team. In 2001, Bibby led USC to perhaps its greatest season ever, piloting the Trojans to their first NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance under the tournament's current format. He was a head coach for eight seasons in the Continental Basketball Association, including three years each with the Oklahoma City Cavalry (1992-94) and the Tulsa Fast Breakers (1989-91) and a year each with the Savannah Spirits (1988) and the Baltimore Lightning (1986). His teams made it into the CBA playoffs six times and posted a 223-213 regular season record, making him only the fourth CBA coach to post 200 wins. His 1989 Tulsa squad won the CBA title and he was named CBA Coach of the Year.
He also spent three summers (1986-88) head coaching in the United States Basketball League and was the 1986 USBL Coach of the Year while leading the Springfield Fame.
Bibby was the starting point guard on three NCAA title teams (1970-72) at UCLA, earning consensus All-American honors while serving as the team's captain as a senior in 1972. The Bruins went 87-3 during his varsity collegiate career (one of the losses was to USC in 1970), including 30-0 in 1972.
He then played nine years in the National Basketball Association. He was with the New York Knicks (1973-75), New Orleans Jazz (1975-76), Philadelphia 76ers (1977-80) and San Diego Clippers (1981). In Bibby's rookie year of 1973, his New York Knicks won the NBA title.
In the NBA, Bibby played under several top-notch coaches, including Gene Shue, Red Holzman and Billy Cunningham. Immediately following his NBA days, Bibby was a player and assistant coach for the 1982 Lancaster Lightning, which won the CBA title.
Some of the standouts Bibby has played with during his collegiate and professional days are Bill Walton, Sidney Wicks, Keith Wilkes, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Willis Reed, Bill Bradley, Jerry Lucas, Dave DeBusschere, Phil Jackson, Pete Maravich and Julius Erving.
Bibby won a slew of team awards during his collegiate days in Westwood. In 1969, he won the Seymour Armond Award as UCLA's most valuable freshman player. In 1970, Bibby took home the Irv Pohlmeyer Trophy, which goes to the outstanding first-year varsity player, and the Calkins Trophy for highest free throw percentage. In 1971, he earned the NCAA Tournament Trophy for all-around excellence in the NCAA Championships. In 1972, Bibby won the Alumni Association Award for academic achievement and team contribution, in addition to his second straight NCAA Tournament Trophy.
Bibby was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in October as a member of the Bruins' Class of 2004.
Bibby was a prep All-American at Person-Albion High in Franklinton, N.C. His brother, Jim, was a pitcher in the major leagues.
On April 7, 2005, he was named Head Coach of the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
On January 17, 2006, Bibby was hired by the Philadelphia 76ers as an assistant coach on Maurice Cheeks ' staff and remained there until the end of the 2007-2008 season when his contract was not renewed.
On February 6, 2009, he was hired by the Memphis Grizzlies as an assistant coach.
Bibby is the brother of Jim Bibby, a former Major League Baseball pitcher and father of Mike Bibby, who plays for the Atlanta Hawks .