Mike Fratello ’69, an Exercise Science and Physical Education graduate, recently received the prestigious 2022 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the National Basketball Coaches Association. Fratello is a basketball lifer who interspersed a successful coaching career with a successful broadcasting career.
“Mike Fratello’s accomplishments are well documented, both as a coach and a broadcaster,” said Indiana Pacers Head Coach and National Basketball Coaches Association President Rick Carlisle. “Sixteen years as an NBA Head Coach, 647 regular-season wins, NBA Coach of the Year honors, Head Coach of the Ukraine National Team, and multiple Emmys all combine to represent a lifetime devoted to basketball. Congratulations to Mike on the 2022 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award.”
“Chuck Daly was a special man and a special coach — and this is a special award,” said Mike Fratello. “It means so much to me because Chuck was a mentor, a close friend, and a trusted confidant during my NBA coaching career and beyond. It is an honor to be recognized by my peers, whom I respect and admire. I am proud to join the ranks of the previous recipients — all exceptional coaches and extraordinary individuals.”