Inspired by the catching up with Jeff Mullins article ( http://www.ninernation.net/forum/showthread.php?t=23932 ) I decided to start this thread. I came to Charlotte the year after Mullins retired so I would love to learn more about him from the folks on this board.
Coaching career Mullins went into other non-basketball related ventures after his retirement from the NBA. In 1985 he became the 6th head men's basketball coach and athletic director at UNC Charlotte - a program that had reached the NCAA Final Four in 1977 but had since fallen on hard times, including a 5-23 record under coach Hal Wissel the year before Mullins arrived. Mullins, remembered by many North Carolinians from his playing days at Duke, revitalized interest in the 49ers program and immediately brought in recruits who returned the team to its former winning ways. Mullins led Charlotte to the NCAA Tournament in 1988 (their first trip since their Final Four run), and again in 1992 and 1995, in addition to two NIT berths, in 1989 and 1994. Although forced to relinquish his role as athletic director in 1990, Mullins was instrumental in the development of UNC Charlotte's on-campus Dale F. Halton Arena in the mid-1990's and helped spearhead the athletic program's move into Conference USA in 1995.
When Mullins retired from UNC Charlotte in 1996, he had amassed a school-record 182 victories. Today he is regarded by many 49er fans as the savior of the Charlotte basketball program. The team’s locker room in Halton Arena is named for him, and a banner hangs in his honor among the retired jerseys in Halton Arena.
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