Dave Schellhase

Dave Schellhase (born October 14, 1944) is a retired American collegiate basketball coach and former basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

High School Career

Born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, Schellhase attended North High School in Evansville. He led the state in scoring during his Senior year averaging 30.5 points a game, with a total of 1,325 points in his high school career. He was a member of the Indiana All-Star Team. He fell short of winning the Indiana Mr. Basketball Award to Larry Humes.

College career


After high school, Dave attended Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana. He played basketball under head coach Ray Eddy. In his Senior year, he led the Boilermakers in scoring with 32.5 points a game while being named a Consensus All-American, Academic All-American and receivied his third straight First Team All-Big Ten selection. He was a 2nd team All-American following his junior season. Dave scored a career high 57 points on February 19, 1966 against Michigan, the second most in school history, only behind Rick Mount’s 61. With 2,074 career points he was the first of five Boilermakers to reach the 2,000 point plateau, along with Rick Mount, Joe Barry Carroll, Troy Lewis and E’Twaun Moore.

Professional career

Chicago Bulls

Dave Schellhase was selected as the 10th overall pick in the 1966 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. He played 2 seasons with the Bulls, averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 208 points in 73 games. Schellhase starred on the front-line for the Boilers, primarily as a small forward in today’s vernacular. However, the Bulls had a larger front-line, forcing Schellhase to play out of natural position as a guard.

In 1968, he was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the expansion draft;[1] he did not make the final roster and subsequently began a collegiate coaching career.

Collegiate coaching career


A few years after a brief stint playing in the NBA, Dave Schellhase served as an assistant coach under head coach George King in his last two seasons (1971–1972) on the bench. In two seasons, he helped coach Purdue to an overall record of 30-19, including an NIT appearance in 1971. Mainly an assistant to the freshman team, he joined fellow former Purdue standout, George Faerber, under coach Dave Toney.

Moorhead State

Schellhase was the head coach at Moorhead State University from 1975 to 1982, where he led the Dragons to two NSIC titles and to six NAIA Tourneys and an overall post-season record of 8-5. He was selected twice as the NSIC Coach of the Year in 1981 and 1982. In seven seasons, he left the program with a record of 137-64.

Indiana State

Schellhase moved on to coach at the Division I level, leading Sycamores for three seasons from 1982 to 1985, where he compiled a record of 37-48 and currently ranks 14th in wins in Sycamore history. He was the third former Boilermaker to coach at Indiana State after John Wooden’s successful tenure from 1946 to 1948 and Bill Hodges’ stint from 1979 to 1982.

Return to Moorhead State

After his tenure at ISU at the NCAA Division I level, he returned to Moorhead State in 1987 where he led the Dragons to seven NAIA Tourneys and a post-season record of 1-6. In twelve seasons from 1987 to 1999, he compilied a record of 161-176.

His overall record at Moorhead State was 298-240 with 13 trips to the NAIA Tourney. Dave Schellhase led the Dragons during their transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.

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