John Dewitt Kuester, Jr. (born February 6, 1955, in Richmond, Virginia) is an American basketball coach and scout. He played in the NBA from 1977 to 1980 and then coached in the college ranks before moving on to the NBA sidelines as an assistant. Kuester was named head coach of the Detroit Pistons on July 9, 2009. An agreement was made after the Pistons and their first choice, Avery Johnson, broke off contract talks. Kuester coached the Pistons for two seasons. He was a 6'2' (1.88 m) and 180 lb (82 kg) guard and played collegiately with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels from 197377. Kuester played four years at Benedictine for legendary coach Warren Rutledge. His senior year the Cadets were 33-1.
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