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Arthur "Dutch" Lonborg
  • 3-time all-conference football player and 2-time all-conference basketball player at KU
  • Helped organize the first NCAA Basketball Tournament in 1939
  • Member of 4 other Hall of Fames
Lonborg, Dutch
Inducted 1975

Born: March 16, 1898 – Gardner, IL

Died: Jan. 31, 1985 – Lawrence, KS

Graduated: Horton (KS) H.S., 1916; University of Kansas, 1921


From Horton (Kansas) High School to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Arthur C. “Dutch” Lonborg’s career ties to basketball are among the longest in the nation. He was a three-time all-conference football player at the University of Kansas, two-time all-conference basketball player, and in 1920 was awarded All-American honors for basketball. After graduating from the KU School of Law, Lonborg began a 29-year basketball coaching career from 1922-1950.

Coaching Highlights

Lonborg’s teams won 323 games, including 23 in two years at McPherson College, 63 wins in four years at Washburn University, and 237 wins at Northwestern University. His Washburn team won the national AAU title in 1925, the last time a college team won that title. Lonborg led Northwestern to the Big Ten title in 1931 and a tie in 1933. He was p­­­­­­­resident of the NABC, 1935-36. In 1950, he returned to the University of Kansas as director of athletics, a position he held for 14 years. During his tenure, the Jayhawks won 38 conference titles and four NCAA crowns.

Lasting Influence & Honors

One of the leaders in organizing the first NCAA basketball tournament in 1939, he later served as chairman of the NCAA tournament committee from 1947-1960. Lonborg served as chairman, U.S. Olympic Basketball committee, 1956-60; manager, U.S. Olympic Team, 1960; chairman, United State Pan American Games, 1959. He is a member of the Washburn University Hall of Fame, KU Athletics Hall of Fame, Helms Foundation Hall of Fame and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (1972).