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14 Jan 1999: Head Coach Ben Braun Of The California Golden Bears Watches From The Bench During The Game Against The UCLA Bruins At Pauley Pavilion In Westwood, California. The UCLA Defeated The Cal 72-61. Mandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw  /Allsport
Ben Braun
Inducted: 2017


has coached basketball since his graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975. After two years as an assistant coach at Racine’s Washington Park High School, he spent eight years as head coach at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Next, during his 11 years at Eastern Michigan University, where he holds the school record for the most wins — 185 — he was thrice-named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, and in 1989, was the U.S. men’s basketball team head coach at the Maccabiah Games. Braun then became head coach of Cal’s Golden Bears for a dozen years, distinguished as the first Cal coach to be honored as Pac-10 Coach of the Year. He went on to coach at Houston’s Rice University for eight seasons. Currently, Braun is director of development for the Oakland Soldiers AAU program and lives in Berkeley with his family.