Jerry West

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Coach (1938)
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Relationship Timeline Of Jerry West

Wife : Karen West
Jerry West and Karen West took vows on 1978.
1960-04-27 1976-06-12
Ex-wife : Martha Jane Kane
Jerry West previously married to Martha Jane Kane on 1960 and divorce on 1976.

If one is a basketball fan, Jerry West is someone who cannot be ignored. Jerry has brought huge recognition to the Los Angeles Lakers through his excellent coaching skills. However, West is a retired American basketball coach from California.

Many people are quite familiar with his professional career, but what about his personal life? Is he married? Does he have children? Here in this blog post, you will get every detail regarding Jerry's personal life. So, stay with us till last.

Jerry West Personal Life

Jerry was married to his college sweetheart Martha Jane Kane on April 1960. The couple had three children David, Mark, and Michael West. However, the couple could not hold up with their married life. 

Jerry and son Jonnie
Image: Jerry and son Jonnie

The lovebird went on to divorce in 1976, ending their sixteen-year loved life. Nevertheless, it was not an end to his relationship status. West met his current wife, Karen West, while he was transitioning his career from a player to a coach. Karen was just in her college days

Karen met Jerry while she was a cheerleader for her college team and soon became a good friend. Slowly, the friendship broadened into a relationship. Meanwhile, the couple exchanged vows in 1978. Besides, the hubby's wife shared two kids, Ryan West and Jonnie West, from their nuptials. As of now, they live a happy married life.

Karen and Jerry
Image: Karen and Jerry

Apart from that, his son Jonnie West recently engaged to his longtime time girlfriend Michelle Wie. Wie is an American professional golf player. The couple may soon tie the knot. 

Jerry West Net Worth

Jerry West's net worth is estimated to be around $50 million. He has made most of his wealth through his successful career as a player, executive, and coach in the NBA. Jerry was a highly successful player and won numerous awards and accolades during his career, including being named to the NBA All-Star team 14 times and being named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

The west family on a vacation
Image: The west family on a vacation

As an executive, he has been instrumental in building successful teams and has been honored with numerous awards and accolades for his work, including being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach and executive. In addition to his work in the NBA, West has also made money through endorsements and other business ventures.

Besides Jerry owns a tournament drive, a mansion of over seven-acre with a pool, fountain, ponds and basketball court. Recently, West purchased a $3.5 million exotic mansion. On the other hand, son Jonnie has an asset of over $750,000 which is a similar fortune to Jerry West. Likewise, his daughter-in-law Michelle Wie has a wealth worth of over $12 million.

Early Life

Jerry West was born as Jerry Alan West on May 28, 1938, in Chelyan, West Virginia, to a coal mine electrician Howard West and a housewife mother, Cecil Sue West. He is the fifth child in a family of six children. Further, West grew up in a poor family and was an aggressive boy in his youth days.

West was involved with hunting and shooting in his childhood days, and this also helped him with his career shooting baskets from every angle. Similarly, West attended East Bank High school, where he was involved with the basketball team. 


Jerry started as a small forward and established himself as his generation's finest player. While at the University of West Virginia, he tied the NCAA five tournament record of 160 points. Further, West drafted the 1960 NBA for the Minneapolis Lakers shortly before the team relocated to Los Angeles.

Jerry guiding his team
Image: Jerry guiding his team

Likewise, Jerry was voted 12 times into the All-NBA First and Second Terms. He also holds the record for the highest points per-game average in the playoff series. Besides having a long span of career, he retired at the age of 36. He had a contract disagreement with Cooke and reportedly filed a case of unpaid back wages. 

Following his retirement, he took the job s a head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. The team won over six championship rings.

Jerry West Body Measurements (Height, Weight)

Jerry stands at a decent height of 6 feet 1 inch (188 cm). He has an average weight of over 84 kg. Similarly, West features blonde hair, and his eyes are brown in color.

He is a fit and healthy guy. He often visits the gym to maintain his body.


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