Ex-NBA forward Steve Mix to coach female basketball team

Former NBA player Steve Mix has become the head coach of the Trine (Indiana) University women’s basketball team, according to Kenosha News.

The 64-year old Mix is in his first season at Trine, and it seems like he’s enjoying his new job.

“They called me and asked me if I wanted the job. I didn’t apply for it,” he said. “They just called me and said, Hey, would you like to be the head coach?’ I said, ‘OK, I’ll come over and talk to you about it.”

A longtime 76ers broadcaster, AAU assistant director and entrepreneur, Mix’s only other head coaching job was in 1984-85 with the University of Toledo women (Division I). He finished 6-20 that season and said he didn’t apply for that gig, either.

“I like being on the floor working with the kids,” Mix said. “That’s a lot of fun. Sometimes the games are more enjoyable than other games, but being on the floor working with them is extremely enjoyable. It’s a good group of kids. They work hard.”

Mix said he has no timetable for how long he’ll remain on the Thunder bench.

“Till I get really irked. I don’t know how long that is,” he said. “I have no idea. I could be here 10 years; I could be here one year. I enjoy being out on the floor, there’s no doubt about that. So when I get irked and discouraged, that’s when I’ll call it a day.”

Mix was a forward in the NBA and ABA from 1969-1983 for the Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Rockets.

An All-Star for the 76ers in 1975, he played in four NBA Finals but never won a championship.

Mix played in 787 NBA games, scoring 8355 points (10.6 ppg). He spent 9 years playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging double-figures in scoring for the team in four consecutive seasons.

Mix had his career-best season in 1974-75, when he averaged 15.6 ppg for the team.

Mix recalled one season in Milwaukee (1982-1983 season), where he played for legendary Bucks coach Don Nelson.

“We had a good group. That was the year that the players union had the collective bargaining agreement (a major turning point in NBA history because it included the first salary cap). That was always kind of fun to negotiate that,” Mix said.

“I had a good group of guys with Bob Lanier and Dave Cowens and Junior Bridgeman and everybody. That was a fun team, a good team. (The Bucks) could never get by the 76ers (though),” Mix added with a laugh.


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