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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Dave Wohl

(Born November 2, 1949) -- We should have guessed that Dave Wohl might have turned out to be a coach after his playing days. After all, the Ivy League is known more for smarts than hoop skill.

Wohl grew up in New Jersey and played his college basketball at Pennsylvania. At last count only 11 Penn players had made it to the NBA, and he’s second to Corky Calhoun in minutes played.

The Philadelphia 76ers didn’t have to go far to scout Wohl, and they took him in the third round. He hung around for a year, and was traded to Portland for center Dale Schlueter, an ex-Buffalo Brave. Wohl stayed there for 22 games and was placed on waivers.

The Braves were looking for a little depth at guard, and added him. Wohl stayed for about a year as a reserve, and then was dealt to the Rockets with Kevin Kunnert for Jack Marin and Matt Goukas. Wohl stayed with Houston through 1977, and then landed with the Nets.

As a coach, he guided the Nets for a little more than two years. Wohl had little talent there, and he finished with a career record of 65-114.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.