Randy Pfund was raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He played collegiate basketball for his father, Lee, at Wheaton College in Chicago averaging 25 points per game.
His first coaching stop was at Glenbard High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, serving as History Teacher and the JV basketball coach, from 1974-77. Pfund accepted the Men’s Assistant Coaching position at Westmont College under Head Coach Chet Kammerer, serving in that capacity 1978-85. Pfund also started the Warriors Fundraising Program during his tenure there. During his time with the Warriors, Pfund also scouted for Bertka Views, the College scouting service founded by Bill and SolviegBertka. This led to an interview with Los Angeles Lakers GM Jerry West and Head Coach Pat Riley. Pfund accepted the Assistant Coaching position with the Lakers, serving from 1985-92 under both Riley and Head Coach Mike Dunleavy. In 1992, when Dunleavy left the Lakers to take the Milwaukee Bucks HC/GM positions, Pfund was named Head Coach.
Pfund coached the Lakers for the 1992-93 and 1993-94 campaigns scoring a 66-80 win-loss record.
In 1995, Pfund rejoined Coach Riley, accepting the Director of Player Personnel position with the Miami Heat. He later became General Manager and was an integral factor in the Heat acquiring Shaquille O’Neal from the Lakers. This led to the Heat’s first NBA Championship in 2006. During Pfund’s Heat tenure, the team won 10 divisional titles. In 2008, Pfund retired from the Heat, thus ending a 23 year career in the NBA. Pfund now resides in Newport Beach, California while also traveling globally to conduct basketball clinics and speaking engagements.