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1954-55 Coaches

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National Champion: San Francisco
Final Four: Colorado, Iowa, La Salle and San Francisco

Consensus Player of the Year: Tom Gola

AP First #1: La Salle ▪ AP Final #1: San Francisco

Coaches

Record does not reflect forfeits or vacated games ▪ All stats are through the season in question
1954-55 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 19 5 .792 12 1953 47 22 .681 47 22 .681
Bill Kajikawa Arizona State BIAA 10 14 .417 1949 68 102 .400 68 102 .400
Fred Enke Arizona BIAA 8 17 .320 1926 450 230 .662 1 464 250 .650 1
Glen Rose Arkansas SWC 14 9 .609 1934 191 76 .715 1 1 191 76 .715 1 1
Orvis Sigler Army Ind 9 9 .500 1955 9 9 .500 9 9 .500
Joel Eaves Auburn SEC 11 9 .550 1950 83 54 .606 87 97 .473
BIll Henderson Baylor SWC 13 11 .542 1942 154 137 .529 3 3 1 154 137 .529 3 3 1
Don Martin Boston College Ind 8 18 .308 1954 19 29 .396 19 29 .396
Harold Anderson Bowling Green State MAC 6 16 .273 1943 251 101 .713 393 142 .735
Bob Vanatta Bradley Ind 9 20 .310 Lost Regional Final 1955 9 20 .310 1 1 48 31 .608 1 1
Stan Watts Brigham Young MSAC 13 13 .500 1950 117 63 .650 2 2 117 63 .650 2 2
Placido Gomez Brooklyn Metro NY 7 11 .389 1954 13 22 .371 13 22 .371
Stanley Ward Brown Ivy 7 18 .280 1955 7 18 .280 7 18 .280
Ben Kribbs Bucknell Ind 3 18 .143 1953 10 50 .167 10 50 .167
Tony Hinkle Butler Ind 10 14 .417 1927 345 219 .612 345 219 .612
Pete Newell California PCC 9 16 .360 1955 9 16 .360 124 95 .566
Joseph Curran Canisius WNY3 18 7 .720 Lost Regional Final 1954 27 21 .562 1 1 27 21 .562 1 1
Bob Dewey Case Western Reserve MAC 8 14 .364 1951 24 89 .212 24 89 .212
George Smith Cincinnati Ind 21 8 .724 1953 43 31 .581 43 31 .581
Jim Browning Citadel Southern 0 17 .000 1955 0 17 .000 0 17 .000
Nat Holman City College of New York Metro NY 8 10 .444 1920 413 160 .721 2 2 1 413 160 .721 2 2 1
Banks McFadden Clemson ACC 2 21 .087 1947 76 114 .400 76 114 .400
Howard Hartman Colgate Ind 11 9 .550 1950 60 60 .500 60 60 .500
Jim Williams Colorado State MSAC 11 12 .478 1955 11 12 .478 11 12 .478
Bebe Lee Colorado Big 7 19 6 .760 15 Lost National Semifinal 1951 52 64 .448 2 2 1 80 109 .423 2 2 1
Lou Rossini Columbia Ivy 17 8 .680 1951 78 38 .672 1 78 38 .672 1
Hugh Greer Connecticut Yankee 20 5 .800 1947 167 43 .795 2 167 43 .795 2
Royner Greene Cornell Ivy 10 13 .435 1947 131 85 .606 1 1 131 85 .606 1 1
Stubby Salerno Creighton Ind 5 14 .263 1953 30 45 .400 30 45 .400
Doggie Julian Dartmouth Ivy 18 7 .720 1951 57 76 .429 251 157 .615 2 2 1
Danny Miller Davidson Southern 8 13 .381 1953 19 44 .302 19 44 .302
Tom Blackburn Dayton Ind 25 4 .862 9 1948 173 70 .712 1 1 173 70 .712 1 1
Hoyt Brawner Denver MSAC 9 14 .391 1949 79 101 .439 79 101 .439
Ray Meyer DePaul Ind 16 6 .727 1943 225 101 .690 2 2 225 101 .690 2 2
Bob Calihan Detroit Mercy MVC 15 11 .577 1949 101 84 .546 101 84 .546
Jack McClelland Drake Ind 9 12 .429 1949 80 91 .468 80 91 .468
Harold Bradley Duke ACC 20 8 .714 Lost First Round 1951 102 41 .713 1 102 41 .713 1
Dudey Moore Duquesne Ind 22 4 .846 6 1949 148 41 .783 1 1 148 41 .783 1 1
Paul McBrayer Eastern Kentucky OVC 15 8 .652 1948 119 69 .633 1 119 69 .633 1
John Mauer Florida SEC 12 10 .545 1952 47 40 .540 292 209 .583
John Bach Fordham Metro NY 18 9 .667 1950 108 51 .679 2 108 51 .679 2
Lyles Alley Furman Southern 17 10 .630 1946 123 93 .569 123 93 .569
William Reinhart George Washington Southern 24 6 .800 14 1936 206 83 .713 1 386 184 .677 1
Buddy Jeannette Georgetown Ind 12 13 .480 1953 36 38 .486 36 38 .486
Whack Hyder Georgia Tech SEC 12 13 .480 1952 26 67 .280 26 67 .280
Red Lawson Georgia SEC 9 16 .360 1952 26 74 .260 26 74 .260
Hank Anderson Gonzaga Ind 15 11 .577 1953 42 40 .512 42 40 .512
Bill Scott Hardin-Simmons BIAA 9 15 .375 1952 52 59 .468 1 52 59 .468 1
Floyd S. Wilson Harvard Ivy 6 17 .261 1955 6 17 .261 6 17 .261
Buster Sheary Holy Cross Ind 19 7 .731 1949 155 36 .812 2 2 155 36 .812 2 2
Alden Pasche Houston MVC 15 10 .600 1951 53 69 .434 53 69 .434
Steve Belko Idaho State Ind 18 8 .692 Lost First Round 1953 58 20 .744 3 1 58 20 .744 3 1
Harlan Hodges Idaho PCC 8 18 .308 1955 8 18 .308 117 84 .582
Harry Combes Illinois Big Ten 17 5 .773 18 1948 146 40 .785 3 3 1 146 40 .785 3 3 1
Branch McCracken Indiana Big Ten 8 14 .364 1939 224 80 .737 3 3 2 224 80 .737 3 3 2
James McDermott Iona Ind 10 11 .476 1954 21 21 .500 21 21 .500
Bill Strannigan Iowa State Big 7 11 10 .524 1955 11 10 .524 71 66 .518 1 1
Bucky O'Connor Iowa Big Ten 19 7 .731 5 Won National Semifinal 1950 73 30 .709 1 1 1 73 30 .709 1 1 1
Sil Cornachione John Carroll Ind 14 9 .609 1955 14 9 .609 14 9 .609
Tex Winter Kansas State Big 7 11 10 .524 1954 22 20 .524 47 45 .511
Phog Allen Kansas Big 7 11 10 .524 1908 576 210 .733 4 4 3 705 250 .738 4 4 3
Bud Haerr Kent State MAC 8 14 .364 1952 37 52 .416 37 52 .416
Adolph Rupp Kentucky SEC 23 3 .885 2 Lost Regional Semifinal 1931 520 86 .858 7 7 3 520 86 .858 7 7 3
Kenneth Loeffler La Salle Ind 26 5 .839 3 Lost National Final 1950 144 28 .837 2 2 2 214 125 .631 2 2 2
Butch van Breda Kolff Lafayette Ind 23 3 .885 1952 68 34 .667 68 34 .667
Anthony Packer Lehigh Ind 10 11 .476 1951 43 56 .434 43 56 .434
Harry Rabenhorst Louisiana State SEC 6 18 .250 1926 327 228 .589 2 2 1 327 228 .589 2 2 1
Peck Hickman Louisville Ind 19 8 .704 1945 230 76 .752 1 230 76 .752 1
George Ireland Loyola (IL) Ind 13 11 .542 1952 45 49 .479 45 49 .479
Jim McCafferty Loyola (LA) Ind 14 9 .609 1954 30 18 .625 1 30 18 .625 1
William Donovan Loyola Marymount Ind 16 9 .640 1953 44 39 .530 44 39 .530
Russell DeVette Maine Yankee 4 13 .235 1955 4 13 .235 4 13 .235
Kenneth Norton Manhattan Metro NY 18 5 .783 1947 148 75 .664 148 75 .664
Jack Nagle Marquette Ind 24 3 .889 8 Lost Regional Final 1954 35 18 .660 1 1 35 18 .660 1 1
Cam Henderson Marshall MAC 17 4 .810 1936 362 159 .695 362 159 .695
Bud Millikan Maryland ACC 17 7 .708 1951 83 41 .669 83 41 .669
Robert Curran Massachusetts Yankee 10 14 .417 1953 27 38 .415 27 38 .415
Eugene Lambert Memphis Ind 17 5 .773 Lost First Round 1955 17 5 .773 1 130 65 .667 3 2
Bruce Hale Miami (FL) Ind 9 11 .450 1955 9 11 .450 9 11 .450
Bill Rohr Miami (OH) MAC 14 9 .609 Lost First Round 1952 62 31 .667 2 62 31 .667 2
Forddy Anderson Michigan State Big Ten 13 9 .591 1955 13 9 .591 187 88 .680 2 2 2
Bill Perigo Michigan Big Ten 11 11 .500 1953 26 40 .394 67 67 .500
Charles Greer Middle Tennessee OVC 11 16 .407 1953 30 49 .380 30 49 .380
Ozzie Cowles Minnesota Big Ten 15 7 .682 11 1949 105 48 .686 347 135 .720 4 4 1
Paul Gregory Mississippi State SEC 6 17 .261 1948 58 100 .367 58 100 .367
Country Graham Mississippi SEC 8 15 .348 1950 69 78 .469 69 78 .469
Sparky Stalcup Missouri Big 7 16 5 .762 1947 122 85 .589 122 85 .589
Jiggs Dahlberg Montana MSAC 12 14 .462 1938 224 233 .490 224 233 .490
Bobby Laughlin Morehead State OVC 14 10 .583 1954 30 17 .638 30 17 .638
Birney Crum Muhlenburg Ind 14 11 .560 1955 14 11 .560 14 11 .560
Rex Alexander Murray State OVC 11 15 .423 1955 11 15 .423 11 15 .423
Ben Carnevale Navy Ind 11 9 .550 1947 129 61 .679 3 2 181 72 .715 4 3 1
Jerry Bush Nebraska Big 7 9 12 .429 1955 9 12 .429 136 70 .660 1
Robert Kerr New Hampshire Yankee 4 14 .222 1953 20 34 .370 20 34 .370
Presley Askew New Mexico State BIAA 6 13 .316 1954 12 25 .324 47 62 .431
Woody Clements New Mexico MSAC 7 17 .292 1945 111 118 .485 111 118 .485
Howard Cann New York University Metro NY 7 13 .350 1924 381 200 .656 3 3 1 381 200 .656 3 3 1
Taps Gallagher Niagara WNY3 20 6 .769 1932 329 169 .661 329 169 .661
Everett Case North Carolina State ACC 28 4 .875 4 1947 241 56 .811 4 4 241 56 .811 4 4
Frank McGuire North Carolina ACC 10 11 .476 1953 38 31 .551 140 67 .676 2 2 1
Waldo Fisher Northwestern Big Ten 12 10 .545 1953 27 39 .409 27 39 .409
John Jordan Notre Dame Ind 14 10 .583 1952 71 28 .717 2 2 86 42 .672 2 2
Floyd Stahl Ohio State Big Ten 10 12 .455 1951 45 65 .409 69 93 .426 1 1
James Snyder Ohio MAC 16 5 .762 1950 68 65 .511 68 65 .511
Doyle Parrack Oklahoma City Ind 9 18 .333 Lost First Round 1951 80 53 .602 4 2 80 53 .602 4 2
Hank Iba Oklahoma State MVC 12 13 .480 1935 451 134 .771 6 6 3 549 150 .785 6 6 3
Bruce Drake Oklahoma Big 7 3 18 .143 1939 200 182 .524 3 3 1 200 182 .524 3 3 1
Slats Gill Oregon State PCC 22 8 .733 10 Lost Regional Final 1929 453 308 .595 3 3 453 308 .595 3 3
William Borcher Oregon PCC 13 13 .500 1952 58 53 .523 58 53 .523
Van Sweet Pacific WCC 11 15 .423 1953 22 50 .306 28 73 .277
John Egli Penn State Ind 18 10 .643 Won Regional Semifinal 1955 18 10 .643 1 1 18 10 .643 1 1
Raymond Stanley Pennsylvania Ivy 19 6 .760 1955 19 6 .760 51 23 .689
Robert Timmons Pittsburgh Ind 10 16 .385 1954 19 30 .388 19 30 .388
Arthur McLarney Portland Ind 5 8 .385 1955 5 8 .385 58 44 .569 1 1
Mike Tichy Portland Ind 4 5 .444 1955 4 5 .444 4 5 .444
Cappy Cappon Princeton Ivy 13 12 .520 Won Regional Semifinal 1939 179 139 .563 2 2 257 196 .567 2 2
Ray Eddy Purdue Big Ten 12 10 .545 1951 41 69 .373 41 69 .373
Jack Guy Rhode Island Yankee 17 10 .630 1953 37 34 .521 66 114 .367
Don Suman Rice SWC 10 12 .455 1950 73 68 .518 1 1 73 68 .518 1 1
Lester Hooker Richmond Southern 19 9 .679 1953 62 24 .721 77 37 .675
Donald White Rutgers Ind 2 22 .083 1946 95 130 .422 291 301 .492
Skip Hughes Saint Francis (PA) Ind 21 7 .750 1954 42 12 .778 42 12 .778
John McMenamin Saint Joseph's Ind 12 14 .462 1954 26 23 .531 26 23 .531
Eddie Hickey Saint Louis MVC 20 8 .714 20 1948 158 63 .715 1 1 288 135 .681 2 2
Thomas Foley Saint Mary's (CA) WCC 6 19 .240 1951 50 65 .435 50 65 .435
Phil Woolpert San Francisco WCC 28 1 .966 1 Won National Final 1951 72 49 .595 1 1 1 72 49 .595 1 1 1
Walter McPherson San Jose State WCC 16 9 .640 1950 97 61 .614 1 97 61 .614 1
Bob Feerick Santa Clara WCC 13 11 .542 1951 76 52 .594 3 3 1 76 52 .594 3 3 1
Albert Brightman Seattle Ind 22 7 .759 Won Regional Semifinal 1952 104 20 .839 3 2 104 20 .839 3 2
Honey Russell Seton Hall Ind 17 9 .654 1937 222 78 .740 237 86 .734
Dan Cunha Siena Ind 3 13 .188 1942 168 94 .641 168 94 .641
Frank Johnson South Carolina ACC 10 17 .370 1941 138 127 .521 148 143 .509
Forrest Twogood Southern California PCC 14 11 .560 1951 87 50 .635 1 1 1 137 122 .529 1 1 1
Doc Hayes Southern Methodist SWC 15 10 .600 Won Regional Semifinal 1948 95 90 .514 1 1 95 90 .514 1 1
Edward Donovan St. Bonaventure WNY3 13 10 .565 1954 25 21 .543 25 21 .543
Daniel Lynch St. Francis (NY) Metro NY 21 8 .724 1949 129 70 .648 129 70 .648
Dusty DeStefano St. John's (NY) Metro NY 11 9 .550 1953 37 26 .587 37 26 .587
Howard Dallmar Stanford PCC 16 8 .667 1955 16 8 .667 121 59 .672 1 1
Marcel Guley Syracuse Ind 10 11 .476 1951 60 46 .566 60 46 .566
Harry Litwack Temple Ind 11 10 .524 1953 42 32 .568 42 32 .568
Raymond Brown Tennessee Tech OVC 9 11 .450 1949 75 76 .497 75 76 .497
Emmett Lowery Tennessee SEC 15 7 .682 1948 116 72 .617 116 72 .617
John Floyd Texas A&M SWC 4 20 .167 1951 38 82 .317 1 38 82 .317 1
Buster Brannon Texas Christian SWC 17 7 .708 1949 100 73 .578 2 2 185 110 .627 4 4
George McCarty Texas-El Paso BIAA 13 8 .619 1954 21 22 .488 86 77 .528 1 1
Polk Robison Texas Tech BIAA 18 7 .720 1943 172 132 .566 1 172 132 .566 1
Thurman Hull Texas SWC 4 20 .167 1952 48 46 .511 48 46 .511
Edward Melvin Toledo MAC 5 17 .227 1955 5 17 .227 102 63 .618
Clifford Wells Tulane SEC 14 6 .700 1946 164 74 .689 164 74 .689
Clarence Iba Tulsa MVC 21 7 .750 16 Lost Regional Semifinal 1950 87 69 .558 1 1 87 69 .558 1 1
John Wooden UCLA PCC 21 5 .808 13 1949 139 56 .713 2 2 183 71 .720 2 2
Cecil Baker Utah State MSAC 15 7 .682 1951 75 69 .521 75 69 .521
Jack Gardner Utah MSAC 24 4 .857 7 Lost Regional Semifinal 1954 36 18 .667 1 1 183 99 .649 3 3 1
Kenneth Suesens Valparaiso Ind 13 11 .542 1952 44 51 .463 44 51 .463
Robert Polk Vanderbilt SEC 16 6 .727 17 1948 114 72 .613 114 72 .613
Fuzzy Evans Vermont Yankee 6 15 .286 1947 115 69 .625 115 69 .625
Alex Severence Villanova Ind 18 10 .643 Lost Regional Semifinal 1937 328 137 .705 4 3 328 137 .705 4 3
Chuck Noe Virginia Military Institute Southern 8 15 .348 1953 24 46 .343 24 46 .343
Red Laird Virginia Tech Southern 7 20 .259 1948 77 120 .391 120 194 .382
Bus Male Virginia ACC 14 15 .483 1952 51 52 .495 51 52 .495
Murray Greason Wake Forest ACC 17 10 .630 1934 247 225 .523 2 2 247 225 .523 2 2
Billy McCann Washington & Lee Southern 16 13 .552 1953 24 50 .324 24 50 .324
Blair Gullion Washington (MO) Ind 8 14 .364 1948 85 65 .567 195 135 .591
Jack Friel Washington State PCC 11 15 .423 1929 476 318 .599 1 1 1 476 318 .599 1 1 1
Tippy Dye Washington PCC 13 12 .520 1951 98 45 .685 2 2 1 162 86 .653 3 3 1
Gus Miller West Texas A&M BIAA 15 7 .682 Lost First Round 1943 177 116 .604 1 177 116 .604 1
Fred Schaus West Virginia Southern 19 11 .633 19 Lost First Round 1955 19 11 .633 1 19 11 .633 1
E.A. Diddle Western Kentucky OVC 18 10 .643 1923 630 203 .756 1 1 630 203 .756 1 1
Joseph Hoy Western Michigan MAC 12 10 .545 1953 34 30 .531 34 30 .531
Ralph Miller Wichita State MVC 17 9 .654 1952 71 43 .623 71 43 .623
Boydson Baird William & Mary Southern 11 14 .440 1953 30 41 .423 54 94 .365
Alex Shaw Williams Ind 17 2 .895 Lost First Round 1955 17 2 .895 1 17 2 .895 1
Bud Foster Wisconsin Big Ten 10 12 .455 1935 243 201 .547 2 2 1 243 201 .547 2 2 1
Everett Shelton Wyoming MSAC 17 9 .654 1940 298 127 .701 7 7 1 298 127 .701 7 7 1
Ned Wulk Xavier Ind 13 13 .500 1952 52 51 .505 52 51 .505
Howard Hobson Yale Ivy 3 21 .125 1948 106 107 .498 1 1 318 231 .579 2 2 1