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Bill Pope is an assistant coach/advance scout with the Detroit Pistons. In his current position, Pope assists the coaching staff during training camp and the playoffs, serves as advance scout and was an assistant coach for the Pistons’ 2010 summer league unit. Pope joined the Pistons as an assistant coach/video coordinator in 2004. Bill sees over 100 live NBA games a year, watches countless hours of video and has been around the league for nearly a decade.
I had the good fortune to meet Bill in the early 90’s while at Jacksonville University through another member of our Jacksonville staff, Glynn Cyprien. Bill is very down to earth and great to talk basketball with.
Prior to joining the Pistons, Pope spent 15 seasons as a college coach. During the 2003-04 season he was an assistant coach at Youngstown State after serving six years as head basketball coach at NCAA Division II Lincoln University in Missouri. He was responsible for a dramatic turnaround at Lincoln as the school’s head coach. His 2000-01 squad shared the Heartland Conference Championship and Pope was named Heartland Conference Coach of the Year. Additionally, the program was named NCAA Division II’s Most Improved Team by virtue of winning 20 games following a two-win season as an independent.
Pope graduated from Kansas in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in education, where he also served as a manager for the Jayhawks basketball team and head coach Larry Brown for five seasons. His time at Kansas included five NCAA Tournament berths, a Final Four appearance in 1986 and a National Championship in 1988. He joined Brown’s staff with the San Antonio Spurs in 1989.