Bill Russell


Birth of Bill Russell to Charles and Katie Russell

February 12, 1934

Bill moves from Monroe, Louisiana to Oakland, California at the age of 8


At the age of 12 Bill’s mother Katie passes away


Bill attends the University of San Francisco on a Scholarship

1953 - 1956

Makes the NBA draft to the Boston Celtics

1956 - 1969

Russell was married to his college sweetheart Rose Swisher

1956 - 1973

Russell was the captain of the U.S. national basketball team that competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia


On April 16, 1966, Bill Russell agreed to become head coach of the Boston Celtics. Bill Russell was the First African American NBA head coach

1966 - 1969

Married Dorothy Anstett, Miss USA of 1968

1977 - 1980

Russell married his third wife, Marilyn Nault; their marriage lasted until her death

1996 - January 2009