Born: November 20, 1919 – Elmer, MO
Died: January 12, 2011 - Salina, KS
Graduated: Arkansas City High School, 1937; University of Kansas, 1941; LLB - University of Kansas
Howard Engleman played for the legendary Dr. Phog Allen at the University of Kansas and was the second KU player in school history to receive consensus All-American first-team honors. Engleman helped lead the Jayhawks to two Big Six Conference championships and the national championship game against Indiana in 1940. He also led his team in scoring in 1939 and 41.
High School Highlights
He starred for the Arkansas City Bulldogs while in high school during the 1930s and led Ark City to a second-place finish to Buhler in the Class A State Tournament in 1936.
His scoring average of 16.1 points per game in 1941 was the highest scoring average ever by a Jayhawk player, up to that point. Engleman, also called “The Rope” by KU fans, was named to the 1940 NCAA All-Tournament team and made the game-winning field goal in the final seconds against Southern Cal in the semifinals. Following World War II, Engleman was an assistant coach under Phog Allen during the 1946-47 season and later took over as head coach for the final 14 games of the season after Allen was ordered to rest. Engleman’s No. 5 jersey was officially retired and raised to the rafters in Allen Fieldhouse on March 1, 2003.
Professional & Post-Professional
Following college, Engleman played AAU basketball for the Phillips 66ers and spent much of his life working as an attorney in Salina.