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Bud Presley

George J. "Bud" Presley 
Former Menlo College coach

George J. "Bud" Presley, a basketball coach and defensive strategist, died December 21 in Redwood City. He was 80.

Mr. Presley coached the Menlo College Oaks from 1971 to 1983, and led the team to a state championship in 1974.

Mr. Presley began his coaching career in 1951 in Pennsylvania, subsequently coaching at Sequoia and Cubberley high schools before moving on to coaching college teams. He was a member of the California Community College and California Coaches Association halls of fame, and the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame. He served as a defensive consultant to the Golden State Warriors during their 1974 title season, and ended his full-time coaching career as a defensive specialist for University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 1983.

A native of San Francisco, Mr. Presley was a three-sport athlete while a student at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, and at Texas A&I. He served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper during World War II.

He is survived by his wife Gloria Presley of Palo Alto; his daughter Virginia of San Francisco; and one grandchild.

Memorial services are pending.

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03/23/15 12:29 PM #1    

Donald Kummer

This article about Bud Presley in Sports Illustrated (Feb. 1979) captures the essence of the individual.

Not everyone always understood the idiosyncratic genius of Bud Presley.  In retrospect surviving his b-ball practices and games provided a platform for my subsequent success in graduate school at Berkeley and Oregon. "Taking the charge" was a metaphor for life. A lot of folks couldn't take the charge (setbacks) in grad school and dropped out pursuing the PhD.  I took a lot of hits but always got back up.  Thanks Bud.

03/25/15 07:22 AM #2    

Paul Barnes

Great and insightful article, Don. Thanks for posting.


03/21/17 10:17 AM #3    

Donald Kummer

Outside of the basketball circle at Cubberley I don't think many people knew that our colleague John Wiser was the son of Coach Clem Wiser at Paly High. John Wiser was on of the starting guards when we faced off against Paly for the crosstown bragging rights in 1964. We won that year going away. A notable player on the Paly team was Ron Wyden now the Senator from Oregon. I think the article speaks for itself on the impact Coach Clem Wiser had on the community and his players. Coach Presley and Coach Wiser had the utmost respect for one another. Thanks for the memories guys!




Former Paly coach Clem Wiser was a winner in every sense ...

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