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1955-56 Coaches

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National Champion: San Francisco
Final Four: Iowa, San Francisco, Southern Methodist and Temple

Consensus Player of the Year: Bill Russell

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

Coaches

Record does not reflect forfeits or vacated games ▪ All stats are through the season in question
1955-56 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 21 3 .875 5 1953 68 25 .731 68 25 .731
Bill Kajikawa Arizona State BIAA 11 15 .423 1949 79 117 .403 79 117 .403
Fred Enke Arizona BIAA 11 15 .423 1926 461 245 .653 1 475 265 .642 1
Glen Rose Arkansas SWC 11 12 .478 1934 202 88 .697 1 1 202 88 .697 1 1
Orvis Sigler Army Ind 10 13 .435 1955 19 22 .463 19 22 .463
Joel Eaves Auburn SEC 11 10 .524 1950 94 64 .595 98 107 .478
BIll Henderson Baylor SWC 6 17 .261 1942 160 154 .510 3 3 1 160 154 .510 3 3 1
Don Martin Boston College Ind 6 17 .261 1954 25 46 .352 25 46 .352
Harold Anderson Bowling Green State MAC 4 19 .174 1943 255 120 .680 397 161 .711
Bob Vanatta Bradley MVC 13 13 .500 1955 22 33 .400 1 1 61 44 .581 1 1
Stan Watts Brigham Young MSAC 18 8 .692 1950 135 71 .655 2 2 135 71 .655 2 2
Placido Gomez Brooklyn Metro NY 11 7 .611 1954 24 29 .453 24 29 .453
Stanley Ward Brown Ivy 7 18 .280 1955 14 36 .280 14 36 .280
Ben Kribbs Bucknell Ind 10 14 .417 1953 20 64 .238 20 64 .238
Tony Hinkle Butler Ind 14 9 .609 1927 359 228 .612 359 228 .612
Pete Newell California PCC 17 8 .680 1955 26 24 .520 141 103 .578
Joseph Curran Canisius WNY3 19 7 .731 Lost Regional Final 1954 46 28 .622 2 2 46 28 .622 2 2
George Smith Cincinnati Ind 17 7 .708 1953 60 38 .612 60 38 .612
Hank Witt Citadel Southern 2 19 .095 1956 2 19 .095 2 19 .095
Nat Holman City College of New York Metro NY 4 14 .222 1920 417 174 .706 2 2 1 417 174 .706 2 2 1
Banks McFadden Clemson ACC 9 17 .346 1947 85 131 .394 85 131 .394
Howard Hartman Colgate Ind 17 9 .654 1950 77 69 .527 77 69 .527
Jim Williams Colorado State MSAC 12 13 .480 1955 23 25 .479 23 25 .479
Bebe Lee Colorado Big 7 11 10 .524 1951 63 74 .460 2 2 1 91 119 .433 2 2 1
Lou Rossini Columbia Ivy 15 9 .625 1951 93 47 .664 1 93 47 .664 1
Hugh Greer Connecticut Yankee 17 11 .607 Won Regional Semifinal 1947 184 54 .773 3 1 184 54 .773 3 1
Royner Greene Cornell Ivy 11 13 .458 1947 142 98 .592 1 1 142 98 .592 1 1
Tummy Thomsen Creighton Ind 11 12 .478 1956 11 12 .478 11 12 .478
Doggie Julian Dartmouth Ivy 18 11 .621 Lost Regional Semifinal 1951 75 87 .463 1 1 269 168 .616 3 3 1
Tom Scott Davidson Southern 10 15 .400 1956 10 15 .400 110 80 .579
Tom Blackburn Dayton Ind 25 4 .862 3 1948 198 74 .728 1 1 198 74 .728 1 1
Hoyt Brawner Denver MSAC 13 12 .520 1949 92 113 .449 92 113 .449
Ray Meyer DePaul Ind 16 8 .667 Lost First Round 1943 241 109 .689 3 2 241 109 .689 3 2
Bob Calihan Detroit Mercy MVC 13 12 .520 1949 114 96 .543 114 96 .543
Jack McClelland Drake Ind 10 14 .417 1949 90 105 .462 90 105 .462
Harold Bradley Duke ACC 19 7 .731 17 1951 121 48 .716 1 121 48 .716 1
Dudey Moore Duquesne Ind 17 10 .630 1949 165 51 .764 1 1 165 51 .764 1 1
Paul McBrayer Eastern Kentucky OVC 9 16 .360 1948 128 85 .601 1 128 85 .601 1
John Mauer Florida SEC 11 12 .478 1952 58 52 .527 303 221 .578
John Bach Fordham Metro NY 11 14 .440 1950 119 65 .647 2 119 65 .647 2
Bill Vandenburgh Fresno State WCC 9 17 .346 1956 9 17 .346 9 17 .346
Lyles Alley Furman Southern 12 16 .429 1946 135 109 .553 135 109 .553
William Reinhart George Washington Southern 19 7 .731 1936 225 90 .714 1 405 191 .680 1
Buddy Jeannette Georgetown Ind 13 11 .542 1953 49 49 .500 49 49 .500
Whack Hyder Georgia Tech SEC 12 11 .522 1952 38 78 .328 38 78 .328
Red Lawson Georgia SEC 3 21 .125 1952 29 95 .234 29 95 .234
Hank Anderson Gonzaga Ind 13 15 .464 1953 55 55 .500 55 55 .500
Bill Scott Hardin-Simmons BIAA 7 18 .280 1952 59 77 .434 1 59 77 .434 1
Floyd S. Wilson Harvard Ivy 8 16 .333 1955 14 33 .298 14 33 .298
Roy Leenig Holy Cross Ind 22 5 .815 14 Lost First Round 1956 22 5 .815 1 22 5 .815 1
Alden Pasche Houston MVC 19 7 .731 Won Regional Semifinal 1951 72 76 .486 1 1 72 76 .486 1 1
Steve Belko Idaho State Ind 18 8 .692 Lost First Round 1953 76 28 .731 4 1 76 28 .731 4 1
Harlan Hodges Idaho PCC 6 19 .240 1955 14 37 .275 123 103 .544
Harry Combes Illinois Big Ten 18 4 .818 10 1948 164 44 .788 3 3 1 164 44 .788 3 3 1
Branch McCracken Indiana Big Ten 13 9 .591 1939 237 89 .727 3 3 2 237 89 .727 3 3 2
James McDermott Iona Ind 8 14 .364 1954 29 35 .453 29 35 .453
Bill Strannigan Iowa State Big 7 18 5 .783 1955 29 15 .659 89 71 .556 1 1
Bucky O'Connor Iowa Big Ten 20 6 .769 4 Lost National Final 1950 93 36 .721 2 2 2 93 36 .721 2 2 2
Tex Winter Kansas State Big 7 17 8 .680 Lost Regional Semifinal 1954 39 28 .582 1 1 64 53 .547 1 1
Phog Allen Kansas Big 7 14 9 .609 1908 590 219 .729 4 4 3 719 259 .735 4 4 3
David McDowell Kent State MAC 10 11 .476 1956 10 11 .476 10 11 .476
Adolph Rupp Kentucky SEC 20 6 .769 9 Lost Regional Final 1931 540 92 .854 8 8 3 540 92 .854 8 8 3
Jim Pollard La Salle Ind 15 10 .600 1956 15 10 .600 15 10 .600
George Davidson Lafayette Ind 20 7 .741 1956 20 7 .741 20 7 .741
Anthony Packer Lehigh Ind 7 11 .389 1951 50 67 .427 50 67 .427
Harry Rabenhorst Louisiana State SEC 7 17 .292 1926 334 245 .577 2 2 1 334 245 .577 2 2 1
Peck Hickman Louisville Ind 26 3 .897 6 1945 256 79 .764 1 256 79 .764 1
George Ireland Loyola (IL) Ind 10 14 .417 1952 55 63 .466 55 63 .466
Jim McCafferty Loyola (LA) Ind 10 15 .400 1954 40 33 .548 1 40 33 .548 1
William Donovan Loyola Marymount WCC 13 12 .520 1953 57 51 .528 57 51 .528
Harold Woodbury Maine Yankee 6 12 .333 1956 6 12 .333 6 12 .333
Kenneth Norton Manhattan Metro NY 16 8 .667 Lost First Round 1947 164 83 .664 1 164 83 .664 1
Jack Nagle Marquette Ind 13 11 .542 1954 48 29 .623 1 1 48 29 .623 1 1
Jule Rivlin Marshall MAC 18 5 .783 Lost First Round 1956 18 5 .783 1 18 5 .783 1
Bud Millikan Maryland ACC 14 10 .583 1951 97 51 .655 97 51 .655
Robert Curran Massachusetts Yankee 17 6 .739 1953 44 44 .500 44 44 .500
Eugene Lambert Memphis Ind 20 7 .741 Lost First Round 1955 37 12 .755 2 150 72 .676 4 2
Bruce Hale Miami (FL) Ind 14 12 .538 1955 23 23 .500 23 23 .500
Bill Rohr Miami (OH) MAC 12 8 .600 1952 74 39 .655 2 74 39 .655 2
Forddy Anderson Michigan State Big Ten 13 9 .591 1955 26 18 .591 200 97 .673 2 2 2
Bill Perigo Michigan Big Ten 9 13 .409 1953 35 53 .398 76 80 .487
Charles Greer Middle Tennessee OVC 6 15 .286 1953 36 64 .360 36 64 .360
Ozzie Cowles Minnesota Big Ten 11 11 .500 1949 116 59 .663 358 146 .710 4 4 1
Babe McCarthy Mississippi State SEC 12 12 .500 1956 12 12 .500 12 12 .500
Country Graham Mississippi SEC 10 13 .435 1950 79 91 .465 79 91 .465
Sparky Stalcup Missouri Big 7 15 7 .682 1947 137 92 .598 137 92 .598
Frosty Cox Montana MSAC 14 12 .538 1956 14 12 .538 161 101 .615 3 3
Bobby Laughlin Morehead State OVC 19 10 .655 Lost Regional Semifinal 1954 49 27 .645 1 1 49 27 .645 1 1
Birney Crum Muhlenburg Ind 15 10 .600 1955 29 21 .580 29 21 .580
Rex Alexander Murray State OVC 15 10 .600 1955 26 25 .510 26 25 .510
Ben Carnevale Navy Ind 10 9 .526 1947 139 70 .665 3 2 191 81 .702 4 3 1
Jerry Bush Nebraska Big 7 7 16 .304 1955 16 28 .364 143 86 .624 1
Robert Kerr New Hampshire Yankee 2 15 .118 1953 22 49 .310 22 49 .310
Presley Askew New Mexico State BIAA 16 7 .696 1954 28 32 .467 63 69 .477
Bill Stockton New Mexico MSAC 6 16 .273 1956 6 16 .273 6 16 .273
Howard Cann New York University Metro NY 10 8 .556 1924 391 208 .653 3 3 1 391 208 .653 3 3 1
Taps Gallagher Niagara WNY3 20 7 .741 1932 349 176 .665 349 176 .665
Everett Case North Carolina State ACC 24 4 .857 2 Lost First Round 1947 265 60 .815 5 4 265 60 .815 5 4
Frank McGuire North Carolina ACC 18 5 .783 13 1953 56 36 .609 158 72 .687 2 2 1
Waldo Fisher Northwestern Big Ten 2 20 .091 1953 29 59 .330 29 59 .330
John Jordan Notre Dame Ind 9 15 .375 1952 80 43 .650 2 2 95 57 .625 2 2
Floyd Stahl Ohio State Big Ten 16 6 .727 1951 61 71 .462 85 99 .462 1 1
James Snyder Ohio MAC 13 11 .542 1950 81 76 .516 81 76 .516
Abe Lemons Oklahoma City Ind 20 7 .741 11 Lost Regional Final 1956 20 7 .741 1 1 20 7 .741 1 1
Hank Iba Oklahoma State MVC 18 9 .667 19 1935 469 143 .766 6 6 3 567 159 .781 6 6 3
Doyle Parrack Oklahoma Big 7 4 19 .174 1956 4 19 .174 84 72 .538 4 2
Slats Gill Oregon State PCC 8 18 .308 1929 461 326 .586 3 3 461 326 .586 3 3
William Borcher Oregon PCC 11 15 .423 1952 69 68 .504 69 68 .504
Van Sweet Pacific WCC 15 11 .577 1953 37 61 .378 43 84 .339
John Egli Penn State Ind 12 14 .462 1955 30 24 .556 1 1 30 24 .556 1 1
Raymond Stanley Pennsylvania Ivy 12 13 .480 1955 31 19 .620 63 36 .636
Duck Dowell Pepperdine WCC 2 23 .080 1956 2 23 .080 2 23 .080
Robert Timmons Pittsburgh Ind 15 10 .600 1954 34 40 .459 34 40 .459
Albert E. Negratti Portland Ind 20 8 .714 1956 20 8 .714 20 8 .714
Cappy Cappon Princeton Ivy 11 13 .458 1939 190 152 .556 2 2 268 209 .562 2 2
Ray Eddy Purdue Big Ten 16 6 .727 1951 57 75 .432 57 75 .432
Jack Guy Rhode Island Yankee 11 14 .440 1953 48 48 .500 77 128 .376
Don Suman Rice SWC 19 5 .792 1950 92 73 .558 1 1 92 73 .558 1 1
Lester Hooker Richmond Southern 16 13 .552 1953 78 37 .678 93 50 .650
Donald White Rutgers Ind 3 15 .167 1946 98 145 .403 294 316 .482
Skip Hughes Saint Francis (PA) Ind 10 14 .417 1954 52 26 .667 52 26 .667
Jack Ramsay Saint Joseph's Ind 23 6 .793 1956 23 6 .793 23 6 .793
Eddie Hickey Saint Louis MVC 18 7 .720 1948 176 70 .715 1 1 306 142 .683 2 2
James Weaver Saint Mary's (CA) WCC 16 10 .615 1956 16 10 .615 16 10 .615
Phil Woolpert San Francisco WCC 29 0 1.000 1 Won National Final 1951 101 49 .673 2 2 2 101 49 .673 2 2 2
Walter McPherson San Jose State WCC 15 10 .600 1950 112 71 .612 1 112 71 .612 1
Bob Feerick Santa Clara WCC 8 16 .333 1951 84 68 .553 3 3 1 84 68 .553 3 3 1
Albert Brightman Seattle Ind 18 11 .621 Won Regional Semifinal 1952 122 31 .797 4 3 122 31 .797 4 3
Honey Russell Seton Hall Ind 20 5 .800 1937 242 83 .745 257 91 .739
Dan Cunha Siena Ind 7 13 .350 1942 175 107 .621 175 107 .621
Frank Johnson South Carolina ACC 9 14 .391 1941 147 141 .510 157 157 .500
Forrest Twogood Southern California PCC 14 12 .538 1951 101 62 .620 1 1 1 151 134 .530 1 1 1
Doc Hayes Southern Methodist SWC 25 4 .862 7 Won National Semifinal 1948 120 94 .561 2 2 1 120 94 .561 2 2 1
Edward Donovan St. Bonaventure WNY3 11 12 .478 1954 36 33 .522 36 33 .522
Daniel Lynch St. Francis (NY) Metro NY 21 4 .840 1949 150 74 .670 150 74 .670
Dusty DeStefano St. John's (NY) Metro NY 12 12 .500 1953 49 38 .563 49 38 .563
Howard Dallmar Stanford PCC 18 6 .750 1955 34 14 .708 139 65 .681 1 1
Marcel Guley Syracuse Ind 14 8 .636 1951 74 54 .578 74 54 .578
Harry Litwack Temple Ind 27 4 .871 15 Lost National Semifinal 1953 69 36 .657 1 1 1 69 36 .657 1 1 1
John Oldham Tennessee Tech OVC 14 7 .667 1956 14 7 .667 14 7 .667
Emmett Lowery Tennessee SEC 10 14 .417 1948 126 86 .594 126 86 .594
Kenneth Loeffler Texas A&M SWC 6 18 .250 1956 6 18 .250 220 143 .606 2 2 2
Buster Brannon Texas Christian SWC 4 20 .167 1949 104 93 .528 2 2 189 130 .592 4 4
George McCarty Texas-El Paso BIAA 12 10 .545 1954 33 32 .508 98 87 .530 1 1
Polk Robison Texas Tech BIAA 13 12 .520 Lost First Round 1943 185 144 .562 2 185 144 .562 2
Thurman Hull Texas SWC 12 10 .545 1952 60 56 .517 60 56 .517
Edward Melvin Toledo MAC 9 13 .409 1955 14 30 .318 111 76 .594
Clifford Wells Tulane SEC 12 12 .500 1946 176 86 .672 176 86 .672
Clarence Iba Tulsa MVC 16 10 .615 1950 103 79 .566 1 1 103 79 .566 1 1
John Wooden UCLA PCC 22 6 .786 8 Lost Regional Semifinal 1949 161 62 .722 3 3 205 77 .727 3 3
Cecil Baker Utah State MSAC 13 13 .500 1951 88 82 .518 88 82 .518
Jack Gardner Utah MSAC 22 6 .786 18 Lost Regional Final 1954 58 24 .707 2 2 205 105 .661 4 4 1
Kenneth Suesens Valparaiso Ind 12 14 .462 1952 56 65 .463 56 65 .463
Robert Polk Vanderbilt SEC 19 4 .826 12 1948 133 76 .636 133 76 .636
Fuzzy Evans Vermont Yankee 6 12 .333 1947 121 81 .599 121 81 .599
Alex Severence Villanova Ind 14 12 .538 1937 342 149 .697 4 3 342 149 .697 4 3
Jack Null Virginia Military Institute Southern 4 19 .174 1956 4 19 .174 4 19 .174
Chuck Noe Virginia Tech Southern 14 11 .560 1956 14 11 .560 38 57 .400
Bus Male Virginia ACC 10 17 .370 1952 61 69 .469 61 69 .469
Murray Greason Wake Forest ACC 19 9 .679 16 1934 266 234 .532 2 2 266 234 .532 2 2
Billy McCann Washington & Lee Southern 12 16 .429 1953 36 66 .353 36 66 .353
Blair Gullion Washington (MO) Ind 17 5 .773 1948 102 70 .593 212 140 .602
Jack Friel Washington State PCC 4 22 .154 1929 480 340 .585 1 1 1 480 340 .585 1 1 1
Tippy Dye Washington PCC 15 11 .577 1951 113 56 .669 2 2 1 177 97 .646 3 3 1
Joel Mason Wayne State (MI) Ind 18 3 .857 Won Regional Semifinal 1949 36 31 .537 1 1 36 31 .537 1 1
Gus Miller West Texas A&M BIAA 12 10 .545 1943 189 126 .600 1 189 126 .600 1
Fred Schaus West Virginia Southern 21 9 .700 20 Lost First Round 1955 40 20 .667 2 40 20 .667 2
E.A. Diddle Western Kentucky OVC 16 12 .571 1923 646 215 .750 1 1 646 215 .750 1 1
Joseph Hoy Western Michigan MAC 11 9 .550 1953 45 39 .536 45 39 .536
Ralph Miller Wichita State MVC 14 12 .538 1952 85 55 .607 85 55 .607
Boydson Baird William & Mary Southern 12 14 .462 1953 42 55 .433 66 108 .379
Bud Foster Wisconsin Big Ten 6 16 .273 1935 249 217 .534 2 2 1 249 217 .534 2 2 1
Everett Shelton Wyoming MSAC 7 19 .269 1940 305 146 .676 7 7 1 305 146 .676 7 7 1
Ned Wulk Xavier Ind 17 11 .607 1952 69 62 .527 69 62 .527
Howard Hobson Yale Ivy 15 11 .577 1948 121 118 .506 1 1 333 242 .579 2 2 1