On This Date in NBA History: November 15, Bill Russell Named First African-American Head Coach in NBA

Nov 1, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics former center Bill Russell watches during the first half of a game between the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

1966 – Red Auerbach appointed Bill Russell to player-coach of the Boston Celtics, which made Russell the first African-American head coach in NBA history. As the Celtics head coach, Russell had a 341-290 record and won two titles.

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