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  Adolph Rupp  
 
  • Was named National Coach of the Year four times
  • Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky is named in his honor
  • Retired in 1972 as the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history
 
     
Rupp, Adolph
Inducted 1973

Born: September 2, 1901 – Halstead, KS

Died: December 10, 1977

Graduated: Halstead (KS) H.S, 1919; University of Kansas, 1923

Overview

Adolph Rupp, of Halstead, Kansas, retired in 1972 as the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history with 876 wins, a fact that earned him the nickname “The Baron of Basketball.”

Playing Career

Rupp was a member of the 1922 and 1923 teams at Kansas University which won Helms Foundation national championships under coach Phog Allen.

Coaching Highlights

Rupp began his coaching career at Burr Oak, Kansas, in 1931. Rupp coached at Kentucky for 42 seasons and compiled a record of 876 wins and 190 losses – a winning percentage of 82 percent. As coach of the Wildcats, Rupp guided his teams to 27 Southeastern Conference titles, an NIT championship and four NCAA crowns (1948, 1949, 1951 and 1958). Twenty-five players were All-Americans under his guidance and 31 of his players played professionally. He was named National Coach of the Year four times and SEC Coach of the Year seven times. He served as co-coach of the 1948 U.S. Olympic gold medal team in London and was selected as an Olympic goodwill ambassador the 1968 games in Mexico City.

Honors

In 1966, he received the NABC/MIBA/NIT Award.  Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky is named in his honor, as is the annual Adolph Rupp Invitational Basketball tournament in Halstead, Kansas.  He was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1968.