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1953-54 Coaches

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National Champion: La Salle
Final Four: Bradley, La Salle, Penn State and Southern California

Consensus Player of the Year: Tom Gola

AP First #1: Indiana ▪ AP Final #1: Kentucky

Coaches

Record does not reflect forfeits or vacated games ▪ All stats are through the season in question
1953-54 Season Career at Current School Career Overall
Coach School Conference W L W-L% AP Pre AP Post NCAA Tournament Since W L W-L% NCAA S16 FF W L W-L% NCAA S16 FF
Johnny Dee Alabama SEC 16 8 .667 1953 28 17 .622 28 17 .622
Bill Kajikawa Arizona State BIAA 5 18 .217 1949 58 88 .397 58 88 .397
Fred Enke Arizona BIAA 14 10 .583 1926 442 213 .675 1 456 233 .662 1
Glen Rose Arkansas SWC 13 9 .591 1934 177 67 .725 1 1 177 67 .725 1 1
Bob Vanatta Army Ind 15 7 .682 1954 15 7 .682 39 11 .780
Joel Eaves Auburn SEC 16 8 .667 1950 72 45 .615 76 88 .463
BIll Henderson Baylor SWC 12 11 .522 1942 141 126 .528 3 3 1 141 126 .528 3 3 1
Don Martin Boston College Ind 11 11 .500 1954 11 11 .500 11 11 .500
Harold Anderson Bowling Green State MAC 17 7 .708 1943 245 85 .742 387 126 .754
Forddy Anderson Bradley Ind 19 13 .594 7 Lost National Final 1949 142 56 .717 2 2 2 174 79 .688 2 2 2
Stan Watts Brigham Young MSAC 18 11 .621 1950 104 50 .675 2 2 104 50 .675 2 2
Placido Gomez Brooklyn Metro NY 6 11 .353 1954 6 11 .353 6 11 .353
Robert Morris Brown Ivy 13 11 .542 1948 61 87 .412 61 87 .412
Ben Kribbs Bucknell Ind 4 16 .200 1953 7 32 .179 7 32 .179
Tony Hinkle Butler Ind 13 12 .520 1927 335 205 .620 335 205 .620
Nibs Price California PCC 17 7 .708 1925 453 294 .606 1 1 453 294 .606 1 1
Joseph Curran Canisius WNY3 9 14 .391 1954 9 14 .391 9 14 .391
Bob Dewey Case Western Reserve MAC 7 17 .292 1951 16 75 .176 16 75 .176
George Smith Cincinnati Ind 11 10 .524 1953 22 23 .489 22 23 .489
Leo A. Zack Citadel Southern 2 17 .105 1953 6 31 .162 6 31 .162
David Polansky City College of New York Metro NY 10 8 .556 1953 20 14 .588 20 14 .588
Banks McFadden Clemson ACC 5 18 .217 1947 74 93 .443 74 93 .443
Howard Hartman Colgate Ind 5 12 .294 1950 49 51 .490 49 51 .490
Bill Strannigan Colorado State MSAC 22 7 .759 Won Regional Semifinal 1951 60 56 .517 1 1 60 56 .517 1 1
Bebe Lee Colorado Big 7 11 11 .500 Won Regional Semifinal 1951 33 58 .363 1 1 61 103 .372 1 1
Lou Rossini Columbia Ivy 11 13 .458 1951 61 30 .670 1 61 30 .670 1
Hugh Greer Connecticut Yankee 23 3 .885 Lost First Round 1947 147 38 .795 2 147 38 .795 2
Royner Greene Cornell Ivy 17 7 .708 Won Regional Semifinal 1947 121 72 .627 1 1 121 72 .627 1 1
Stubby Salerno Creighton Ind 14 17 .452 1953 25 31 .446 25 31 .446
Doggie Julian Dartmouth Ivy 13 13 .500 1951 39 69 .361 233 150 .608 2 2 1
Danny Miller Davidson Southern 7 15 .318 1953 11 31 .262 11 31 .262
Tom Blackburn Dayton Ind 25 7 .781 1948 148 66 .692 1 1 148 66 .692 1 1
Hoyt Brawner Denver MSAC 6 21 .222 1949 70 87 .446 70 87 .446
Ray Meyer DePaul Ind 11 10 .524 1943 209 95 .688 2 2 209 95 .688 2 2
Bob Calihan Detroit Mercy MVC 11 17 .393 1949 86 73 .541 86 73 .541
Jack McClelland Drake Ind 7 16 .304 1949 71 79 .473 71 79 .473
Harold Bradley Duke ACC 21 6 .778 15 1951 82 33 .713 82 33 .713
Dudey Moore Duquesne Ind 26 3 .897 5 1949 126 37 .773 1 1 126 37 .773 1 1
Paul McBrayer Eastern Kentucky OVC 7 16 .304 1948 104 61 .630 1 104 61 .630 1
John Mauer Florida SEC 7 15 .318 1952 35 30 .538 280 199 .585
John Bach Fordham Metro NY 18 6 .750 Lost First Round 1950 90 42 .682 2 90 42 .682 2
Lyles Alley Furman Southern 20 9 .690 1946 106 83 .561 106 83 .561
William Reinhart George Washington Southern 23 3 .885 12 Lost First Round 1936 182 77 .703 1 362 178 .670 1
Buddy Jeannette Georgetown Ind 11 18 .379 1953 24 25 .490 24 25 .490
Whack Hyder Georgia Tech SEC 2 22 .083 1952 14 54 .206 14 54 .206
Red Lawson Georgia SEC 7 18 .280 1952 17 58 .227 17 58 .227
Hank Anderson Gonzaga Ind 12 15 .444 1953 27 29 .482 27 29 .482
Bill Scott Hardin-Simmons BIAA 7 17 .292 1952 43 44 .494 1 43 44 .494 1
Bo Shepard Harvard Ivy 9 16 .360 1950 38 82 .317 234 201 .538
Buster Sheary Holy Cross Ind 26 2 .929 3 1949 136 29 .824 2 2 136 29 .824 2 2
Alden Pasche Houston MVC 11 15 .423 1951 38 59 .392 38 59 .392
Steve Belko Idaho State Ind 22 5 .815 Lost Regional Semifinal 1953 40 12 .769 2 1 40 12 .769 2 1
Charles Finley Idaho PCC 15 8 .652 1948 107 96 .527 117 109 .518
Harry Combes Illinois Big Ten 17 5 .773 19 1948 129 35 .787 3 3 1 129 35 .787 3 3 1
Branch McCracken Indiana Big Ten 20 4 .833 4 Lost Regional Semifinal 1939 216 66 .766 3 3 2 216 66 .766 3 3 2
James McDermott Iona Ind 11 10 .524 1954 11 10 .524 11 10 .524
Clay Sutherland Iowa State Big 7 6 15 .286 1948 63 88 .417 63 88 .417
Bucky O'Connor Iowa Big Ten 17 5 .773 13 1950 54 23 .701 54 23 .701
Fred George John Carroll Ind 15 11 .577 1952 39 39 .500 39 39 .500
Tex Winter Kansas State Big 7 11 10 .524 1954 11 10 .524 36 35 .507
Phog Allen Kansas Big 7 16 5 .762 18 1908 565 200 .739 4 4 3 694 240 .743 4 4 3
Bud Haerr Kent State MAC 8 13 .381 1952 29 38 .433 29 38 .433
Adolph Rupp Kentucky SEC 25 0 1.000 1 1931 497 83 .857 6 6 3 497 83 .857 6 6 3
Kenneth Loeffler La Salle Ind 26 4 .867 2 Won National Final 1950 118 23 .837 1 1 1 188 120 .610 1 1 1
Butch van Breda Kolff Lafayette Ind 17 10 .630 1952 45 31 .592 45 31 .592
Anthony Packer Lehigh Ind 8 12 .400 1951 33 45 .423 33 45 .423
Harry Rabenhorst Louisiana State SEC 20 5 .800 14 Won Regional Semifinal 1926 321 210 .605 2 2 1 321 210 .605 2 2 1
Peck Hickman Louisville Ind 22 7 .759 1945 211 68 .756 1 211 68 .756 1
George Ireland Loyola (IL) Ind 7 15 .318 1952 32 38 .457 32 38 .457
Jim McCafferty Loyola (LA) Ind 16 9 .640 Lost First Round 1954 16 9 .640 1 16 9 .640 1
William Donovan Loyola Marymount Ind 14 16 .467 1953 28 30 .483 28 30 .483
Rome Rankin Maine Yankee 6 12 .333 1950 38 53 .418 38 53 .418
Kenneth Norton Manhattan Metro NY 15 11 .577 1947 130 70 .650 130 70 .650
Jack Nagle Marquette Ind 11 15 .423 1954 11 15 .423 11 15 .423
Cam Henderson Marshall MAC 12 9 .571 1936 345 155 .690 345 155 .690
Bud Millikan Maryland ACC 23 7 .767 20 1951 66 34 .660 66 34 .660
Robert Curran Massachusetts Yankee 13 9 .591 1953 17 24 .415 17 24 .415
Dave Wike Miami (FL) Ind 5 10 .333 1953 14 22 .389 14 22 .389
Bill Rohr Miami (OH) MAC 12 10 .545 1952 48 22 .686 1 48 22 .686 1
Pete Newell Michigan State Big Ten 9 13 .409 1951 45 42 .517 115 79 .593
Bill Perigo Michigan Big Ten 9 13 .409 1953 15 29 .341 56 56 .500
Charles Greer Middle Tennessee OVC 12 17 .414 1953 19 33 .365 19 33 .365
Ozzie Cowles Minnesota Big Ten 17 5 .773 1949 90 41 .687 332 128 .722 4 4 1
Paul Gregory Mississippi State SEC 11 10 .524 1948 52 83 .385 52 83 .385
Country Graham Mississippi SEC 12 12 .500 1950 61 63 .492 61 63 .492
Sparky Stalcup Missouri Big 7 11 10 .524 1947 106 80 .570 106 80 .570
Jiggs Dahlberg Montana MSAC 7 20 .259 1938 212 219 .492 212 219 .492
Bobby Laughlin Morehead State OVC 16 7 .696 1954 16 7 .696 16 7 .696
Bennie Borgmann Muhlenburg Ind 12 10 .545 1950 63 53 .543 63 53 .543
Harlan Hodges Murray State OVC 15 16 .484 1949 109 66 .623 109 66 .623
Ben Carnevale Navy Ind 18 8 .692 Lost Regional Final 1947 118 52 .694 3 2 170 63 .730 4 3 1
Harry Good Nebraska Big 7 8 13 .381 1947 86 99 .465 154 129 .544
Robert Kerr New Hampshire Yankee 8 10 .444 1953 16 20 .444 16 20 .444
Presley Askew New Mexico State BIAA 6 12 .333 1954 6 12 .333 41 49 .456
Woody Clements New Mexico MSAC 11 11 .500 1945 104 101 .507 104 101 .507
Howard Cann New York University Metro NY 9 9 .500 1924 374 187 .667 3 3 1 374 187 .667 3 3 1
Taps Gallagher Niagara WNY3 24 6 .800 16 1932 309 163 .655 309 163 .655
Everett Case North Carolina State ACC 26 7 .788 Lost Regional Semifinal 1947 213 52 .804 4 4 213 52 .804 4 4
Frank McGuire North Carolina ACC 11 10 .524 1953 28 20 .583 130 56 .699 2 2 1
Waldo Fisher Northwestern Big Ten 9 13 .409 1953 15 29 .341 15 29 .341
John Jordan Notre Dame Ind 22 3 .880 6 Lost Regional Final 1952 57 18 .760 2 2 72 32 .692 2 2
Floyd Stahl Ohio State Big Ten 11 11 .500 1951 35 53 .398 59 81 .421 1 1
James Snyder Ohio MAC 12 10 .545 1950 52 60 .464 52 60 .464
Doyle Parrack Oklahoma City Ind 18 7 .720 Lost First Round 1951 71 35 .670 3 2 71 35 .670 3 2
Hank Iba Oklahoma State MVC 24 5 .828 10 Lost Regional Final 1935 439 121 .784 6 6 3 537 137 .797 6 6 3
Bruce Drake Oklahoma Big 7 8 13 .381 1939 197 164 .546 3 3 1 197 164 .546 3 3 1
Slats Gill Oregon State PCC 19 10 .655 1929 431 300 .590 2 2 431 300 .590 2 2
William Borcher Oregon PCC 17 10 .630 1952 45 40 .529 45 40 .529
Van Sweet Pacific WCC 9 17 .346 1953 11 35 .239 17 58 .227
Elmer Gross Penn State Ind 18 6 .750 9 Lost National Semifinal 1950 80 40 .667 2 2 1 80 40 .667 2 2 1
Howard Dallmar Pennsylvania Ivy 17 8 .680 1949 105 51 .673 1 1 105 51 .673 1 1
Robert Timmons Pittsburgh Ind 9 14 .391 1954 9 14 .391 9 14 .391
Mush Torson Portland Ind 9 19 .321 1954 9 19 .321 9 19 .321
Cappy Cappon Princeton Ivy 16 9 .640 1939 166 127 .567 1 1 244 184 .570 1 1
Ray Eddy Purdue Big Ten 9 13 .409 1951 29 59 .330 29 59 .330
Jack Guy Rhode Island Yankee 7 14 .333 1953 20 24 .455 49 104 .320
Don Suman Rice SWC 23 5 .821 Lost Regional Semifinal 1950 63 56 .529 1 1 63 56 .529 1 1
Lester Hooker Richmond Southern 23 8 .742 1953 43 15 .741 58 28 .674
Donald White Rutgers Ind 11 13 .458 1946 93 108 .463 289 279 .509
Skip Hughes Saint Francis (PA) Ind 21 5 .808 1954 21 5 .808 21 5 .808
John McMenamin Saint Joseph's Ind 14 9 .609 1954 14 9 .609 14 9 .609
Eddie Hickey Saint Louis MVC 14 12 .538 1948 138 55 .715 1 1 268 127 .678 2 2
Thomas Foley Saint Mary's (CA) WCC 10 14 .417 1951 44 46 .489 44 46 .489
Phil Woolpert San Francisco WCC 14 7 .667 1951 44 48 .478 44 48 .478
Walter McPherson San Jose State WCC 12 15 .444 1950 81 52 .609 1 81 52 .609 1
Bob Feerick Santa Clara WCC 20 7 .741 Lost Regional Final 1951 63 41 .606 3 3 1 63 41 .606 3 3 1
Albert Brightman Seattle Ind 26 2 .929 17 Lost First Round 1952 82 13 .863 2 1 82 13 .863 2 1
Honey Russell Seton Hall Ind 13 10 .565 1937 205 69 .748 220 77 .741
Dan Cunha Siena Ind 7 14 .333 1942 165 81 .671 165 81 .671
Frank Johnson South Carolina ACC 10 16 .385 1941 128 110 .538 138 126 .523
Forrest Twogood Southern California PCC 19 14 .576 11 Won National Semifinal 1951 73 39 .652 1 1 1 123 111 .526 1 1 1
Doc Hayes Southern Methodist SWC 13 9 .591 1948 80 80 .500 80 80 .500
Edward Donovan St. Bonaventure WNY3 12 11 .522 1954 12 11 .522 12 11 .522
Daniel Lynch St. Francis (NY) Metro NY 23 5 .821 1949 108 62 .635 108 62 .635
Dusty DeStefano St. John's (NY) Metro NY 9 11 .450 1953 26 17 .605 26 17 .605
Robert Burnett Stanford PCC 13 10 .565 1952 38 36 .514 44 46 .489
Marcel Guley Syracuse Ind 10 9 .526 1951 50 35 .588 50 35 .588
Harry Litwack Temple Ind 15 12 .556 1953 31 22 .585 31 22 .585
Raymond Brown Tennessee Tech OVC 12 10 .545 1949 66 65 .504 66 65 .504
Emmett Lowery Tennessee SEC 11 12 .478 1948 101 65 .608 101 65 .608
John Floyd Texas A&M SWC 2 20 .091 1951 34 62 .354 1 34 62 .354 1
Buster Brannon Texas Christian SWC 10 14 .417 1949 83 66 .557 2 2 168 103 .620 4 4
George McCarty Texas-El Paso BIAA 8 14 .364 1954 8 14 .364 73 69 .514 1 1
Polk Robison Texas Tech BIAA 20 5 .800 Lost First Round 1943 154 125 .552 1 154 125 .552 1
Thurman Hull Texas SWC 16 9 .640 1952 44 26 .629 44 26 .629
Jerry Bush Toledo MAC 13 10 .565 Lost First Round 1948 127 58 .686 1 127 58 .686 1
Clifford Wells Tulane SEC 15 8 .652 1946 150 68 .688 150 68 .688
Clarence Iba Tulsa MVC 15 14 .517 1950 66 62 .516 66 62 .516
John Wooden UCLA PCC 18 7 .720 1949 118 51 .698 2 2 162 66 .711 2 2
Cecil Baker Utah State MSAC 14 13 .519 1951 60 62 .492 60 62 .492
Jack Gardner Utah MSAC 12 14 .462 1954 12 14 .462 159 95 .626 2 2 1
Kenneth Suesens Valparaiso Ind 10 13 .435 1952 31 40 .437 31 40 .437
Robert Polk Vanderbilt SEC 12 10 .545 1948 98 66 .598 98 66 .598
Fuzzy Evans Vermont Yankee 13 7 .650 1947 109 54 .669 109 54 .669
Alex Severence Villanova Ind 20 11 .645 1937 310 127 .709 3 2 310 127 .709 3 2
Chuck Noe Virginia Military Institute Southern 11 12 .478 1953 16 31 .340 16 31 .340
Red Laird Virginia Tech Southern 3 24 .111 1948 70 100 .412 113 174 .394
Bus Male Virginia ACC 16 11 .593 1952 37 37 .500 37 37 .500
Murray Greason Wake Forest ACC 17 12 .586 1934 230 215 .517 2 2 230 215 .517 2 2
Billy McCann Washington & Lee Southern 6 17 .261 1953 8 37 .178 8 37 .178
Blair Gullion Washington (MO) Ind 12 10 .545 1948 77 51 .602 187 121 .607
Jack Friel Washington State PCC 10 17 .370 1929 465 303 .605 1 1 1 465 303 .605 1 1 1
Tippy Dye Washington PCC 8 18 .308 1951 85 33 .720 2 2 1 149 74 .668 3 3 1
Gus Miller West Texas A&M BIAA 13 7 .650 1943 162 109 .598 162 109 .598
Red Brown West Virginia Southern 12 11 .522 1951 72 31 .699 72 31 .699
E.A. Diddle Western Kentucky OVC 29 3 .906 8 1923 612 193 .760 1 1 612 193 .760 1 1
Joseph Hoy Western Michigan MAC 10 11 .476 1953 22 20 .524 22 20 .524
Ralph Miller Wichita State MVC 27 4 .871 1952 54 34 .614 54 34 .614
Boydson Baird William & Mary Southern 9 14 .391 1953 19 27 .413 43 80 .350
Bud Foster Wisconsin Big Ten 12 10 .545 1935 233 189 .552 2 2 1 233 189 .552 2 2 1
Everett Shelton Wyoming MSAC 19 9 .679 1940 281 118 .704 7 7 1 281 118 .704 7 7 1
Ned Wulk Xavier Ind 18 12 .600 1952 39 38 .506 39 38 .506
Howard Hobson Yale Ivy 12 14 .462 1948 103 86 .545 1 1 315 210 .600 2 2 1