Hall of Fame coach Bill Fitch dies at 89

Two-time coach of the year Bill Fitch led the Celtics to an NBA championship in 1981.

Bill Fitch, two-time coach of the year who led the Boston Celtics to an NBA championship in 1981, died Wednesday at age 89. His death was confirmed by his daughter Marcy Ann Coville via Pacers coach Rick Carlisle.

Fitch came to the NBA in 1970 as the first coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, transforming an expansion franchise into a playoff contender. He came to Boston in 1979 to coach the Celtics in Larry Bird’s first NBA season. Fitch revived the Boston franchise, leading the Celtics to an NBA championship in 1981. His basketball accomplishments earned him Coach of the Year twice in 1976 and 1980.

Fitch was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.

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