Villanova Wildcats men's basketball
Villanova University's men's basketball team represents Villanova University and competes in the Big East Conference of NCAA Division I College basketball. Their first season was the 1920–21 season. Named the "Wildcats", Villanova is a member of the Philadelphia Big Five, five Philadelphia college basketball teams who share a passionate rivalry; the Wildcats have won the National Championship three times: 1985, 2016, 2018. Their 1985 NCAA championship as an 8 seed still stands as the lowest seed to win the title; the game is referred to as "The Perfect Game". Their 2016 NCAA Championship, is referred to as "The Perfect Ending" and is the only NCAA Men's Championship game to be won on a buzzer beater, as Kris Jenkins drained a shot as time expired, they made the Final Four in 1939, 1971, 1985, 2009, 2016, 2018. As of 2019, they have an NCAA Tournament record of 65–37. Villanova has defeated six No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament, sixth most all-time. The Villanova Wildcats have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 39 times, the eighth highest total in NCAA history.
They have won the Big East regular season championship eight times, most winning four straight from 2014 to 2017. They won the Big East Tournament in 1995, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019. Villanova entered the 2016–2017 season with an all-time winning percentage of, placing the Wildcats tied for 13th among all NCAA Division I basketball programs. Through 2018, Villanova has 1,779 wins, 23rd among Division I men's basketball teams. Villanova has won the Philadelphia Big Five 26 times, the second most of any team, including five straight from 2014 to 2018; the Wildcats have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament 17 times, winning in 1994. NCAA National Championships – 3 NCAA Championship Game appearances - 4 NCAA Final Four – 6 NCAA Elite Eight – 14 NCAA Sweet Sixteen – 18 NCAA Tournament Appearances – 39 National Coach of the Year – 2 Conference Regular Season Championships – 12 All-Americans – 20 Weeks Ranked as AP #1 Team – 19 30-Win Seasons – 5 Philadelphia Big 5 Championships – 25 Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Year – 20 Winning Seasons – 78 Villanova began its varsity basketball program in 1920.
Michael Saxe coached from 1920 to 1926, compiling a 64 -- 30 record. John Cashman coached three seasons, from 1926 to 1929. George "Doc" Jacobs coached seven seasons, from 1929 to 1936, had a 62–56 record; the team played its first game in 1920 in Alumni Hall on Villanova's campus, beating Catholic University 43–40. In the early years, Villanova's home courts were West Catholic High School. In 1932, The Wildcats moved into the Villanova Field House—now known as the Jake Nevin Field House, named after Villanova's long-time trainer. Villanova played many home games at the Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania beginning in 1929; the Wildcats played home games in both the Villanova Field House and the Palestra until 1986. Al Severance coached Villanova for 25 seasons, from 1936 to 1961, it was under Severance's leadership. Severance compiled a 413–201 record; the 1938–39 team won the first-ever NCAA Tournament game, which put them in the inaugural Final Four. Severance led the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament again in 1949, 1951, 1955.
Villanova earned NIT bids in 1959 and 1960. The most storied player in Villanova history, Paul Arizin, played during this era. Severance discovered Arizin a Villanova student, playing basketball in the Villanova Fieldhouse. Arizin holds the Villanova record for most points in a game, is credited with inventing the jump shot and was the 1949 College Player of the Year. Other notable players from the Severance era include Joe Lord, Larry Hennessy, Bob Schafer and George Raveling. Coincidentally, Severance died on April 1, 1985, the same day that Villanova upset Georgetown University and Patrick Ewing to take the NCAA basketball championship; the inaugural NCAA Tournament featured eight teams from throughout the country. Villanova, representing the Middle Atlantic States, beat Brown, representative of the New England States, 43–40 before a crowd of 3,500 at the Palestra; the following night, the Wildcats lost to Ohio State 53–36 in the Eastern Division Championship. Jack Kraft coached Villanova for 12 years, from 1961 through 1973.
He compiled a 238–95 record. Kraft led Villanova to the NCAA Tournament six times, five times to the NIT. Only once did. Notable players during the Jack Kraft era include: Chris Ford, Tom Ingelsby, Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni, Howard Porter, Jim Washington, Hubie White. On March 27, 1971, Villanova made its first appearance in an NCAA basketball tournament championship game; the unheralded Wildcats took on his mighty UCLA Bruins. The 28–1 UCLA squad featured Sidney Wicks, Curtis Rowe, Henry Bibby, Steve Patterson. Going into the title game, the Bruins had won six of the previous seven NCAA championships, including the previous four. Jack Kraft's Villanova squad, nicknamed the "Iron Men", was made up of just nine players. Led by Howard Porter, Clarence Smith, Hank Siemiontkowski, Chris Ford, Tom Ingelsby, Bob Gohl, Mike Daley, John Fox and Joe McDowell. Villanova amassed a 27–6 record, including a shocking 90–47 victory over a undefeated powerhouse Penn squad. Villanova fought from behind for most of the game
Ralph H. Miller was an American college basketball coach, a head coach for 38 years at three universities: Wichita and Oregon State. With an overall record of 657–382, his teams had losing records only three times. Prior to his final season, he was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame on May 3, 1988. Born and raised in Chanute, Miller was a standout athlete in high school and college. At Chanute High School, he won letters in football, basketball and tennis. Miller was an all-state basketball player for three years and set the state record in the low hurdles in 1937, he was all-state three consecutive years in basketball. In college at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Miller won three letters as a football quarterback and three in basketball. By 1940, he was beating the 1932 gold medalist in the decathlon Jim Bausch in seven of ten events; as an undergraduate, he was coached by the legendary Phog Allen. In one of Miller's classes, a guest lecturer was the inventor of basketball. Miller was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity at KU.
After he earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1942, he spent three years in the Army Air Forces, leaving as a first lieutenant. Miller's first coaching position was at Mount Oread High School in Lawrence, the team consisted of professors' sons; the season left a sour taste in his mouth towards coaching basketball. Miller didn't have to go overseas during World War II because of knee problems that began at KU, he enlisted in the Air Force and held desk jobs in Florida and California. After the war, he became an assistant director of recreation and oversaw a swimming pool and playground in Redlands, California. Soon, he joined a friend in the business of hauling fruit. In 1949, eight years after his ill-fated first attempt at coaching, a friend from Wichita named Fritz Snodgrass sent Miller a telegram asking if he might be interested in returning to guide his son's team at East High School. At East, Miller became a student of the game, he was fascinated by the full-court press zone defense, developed at Kansas in 1930, but he wondered why it was only used after a basket was made.
Nobody could give Miller a solid answer, so he began tinkering with ways to press after missed shots, too. His idea was to assign each player a man to guard, when an errant shot went up, they were to pick up their man, his ideas were successful. In three years at East High, Miller's teams finished second and first in the state using his system of execution and pressure basketball. In 1951, the president of the University of Wichita offered him a job. Miller spent 13 years at Wichita, winning 220 games, earning three NIT berths and a spot in the NCAA tournament in 1964. In the spring of 1964, Miller left for the University of Iowa of the Big Ten Conference, where he built one of the greatest offensive juggernauts in NCAA history; the Hawkeyes averaged more than 100 points a game in Big Ten play in 1970 and went undefeated in the Big Ten with a 19–4 regular season record. Entering the NCAA tournament, Iowa was on a sixteen-game winning streak and played their first game in the Sweet Sixteen, but were upset by independent Jacksonville, the eventual national runner-up.
After a consolation win over Notre Dame, the Hawkeyes finished at 20–5 overall. A month in April 1970, Miller was offered the job at Oregon State after Paul Valenti stepped down. Miller had only two losing seasons in 19 years at OSU, retired as the second winningest head coach in Oregon State history with 359 victories, behind Slats Gill. Miller retired at age 70 in 1989, his final regular season win was a comfortable one, over rival Oregon at a sold-out Gill Coliseum on Sunday, March 5; the Beavers lost to top-ranked Arizona in the semifinals of the Pac-10 tourney fell in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Evansville at Tucson. Miller's career record was 657–382. Miller's teams won 674 games, but the total was reduced by forfeits because one of his players, Lonnie Shelton, had signed with an agent while still in college in 1976; the floor of Gill Coliseum is named Ralph Miller Court, the street in front of the venue was renamed Ralph Miller Drive shortly upon his retirement. In the fall of 1937 at the University of Kansas, he took a physiology class, the students were seated alphabetically.
Next to him was an attractive co-ed from Topeka named Emily Jean Milam. The couple had two sons, Ralph Jr. and Paul, two daughters, Susan Langer and Shannon Jakosky. The gymnasium at Chanute High School is named after Ralph Miller, is home to the Ralph Miller Classic, an eight-team tournament. Miller had an unequaled addiction to cigarettes, chain-smoked More brand cigarettes during practices, on team buses, in his office. A dozen years after his retirement, Miller died in his sleep at age 82 at his home at Black Butte Ranch, northwest of Bend, he had suffered from complications from emphysema. His wife Jean died at age 93 in 2014 in Bend. * 15 wins were forfeited and official record for that season is 3–24 ** 1 NCAA Tournament loss was vacated *** 2 NCAA Tournament wins and 1 loss were vacated **** Official record with vacated and forfeited wins and losses List of college men's basketball coaches with 600 wins Ralph Miller at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Ralph Miller
Peter Francis Newell was an American college men's basketball coach and basketball instructional coach. He coached for 15 years at the University of San Francisco, Michigan State University and the University of California, compiling an overall record of 234 wins and 123 losses, he led the University of California to the 1959 NCAA men's basketball championship, a year coached the gold medal-winning U. S. team at the 1960 Summer Olympics, a team that would be inducted as a unit to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. After his coaching career ended he ran a world-famous instructional basketball camp and served as a consultant and scout for several National Basketball Association teams, he is considered to be one of the most influential figures in the history of basketball. He grew up in Los Angeles. Encouraged by his mother, he had small roles in several movies, it is said that Charlie Chaplin considered him for the title role in his film The Kid, played by Jackie Coogan. Newell attended both high school and college in Los Angeles and was a classmate of Phil Woolpert at Loyola Marymount University.
He played on the basketball team. After serving in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1946, Newell was appointed head men's basketball coach at the University of San Francisco in 1946. During his four-year tenure at USF, Newell compiled a 70-37 record and coached the Dons to the 1949 National Invitation Tournament championship. In 1950 he accepted an appointment as head coach at Michigan State University, where he stayed until 1954. Newell returned to the West Coast in 1954 when he was hired as head coach at the University of California, Berkeley. Newell was successful at Cal, compiling a 119-44 record, winning four consecutive Pac-8 titles from 1957 to 1960, leading the Golden Bears to two straight appearances in the NCAA tournament championship game—which they won in 1959. Newell himself earned national Coach of the Year honors in 1960. At Berkeley, he became a faculty initiate of the Nu Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity where player Darrall Imhoff was a member. Newell coached the U. S. men's Olympic basketball team to a gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics, leading a talented squad that featured future National Basketball Association stars and Hall of Famers Walt Bellamy, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Jerry Lucas.
His win in the Olympics made him one of only three coaches to win the "Triple Crown" of NCAA, NIT and Olympic championships. Newell is known to have introduced the reverse-action offense in the late nineteen fifties. After being advised by doctors to give up coaching because of stress, he served as the Athletic Director at Cal from 1960 to 1968. Among his various achievements includes having a winning record against UCLA Coach John Wooden, considered by many to be the greatest coach in college basketball history. After retiring from coaching, Newell served as team executive or scout for several National Basketball Association teams, he served as general manager of the San Diego Rockets from 1968 to 1971, until the team was sold to Houston in June, 1971. After a short stint in Houston, to assist with the transfer, Pete returned to the west coast and joined the Los Angeles Lakers; as general manager of the Lakers, he was instrumental in trading for star center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from the Milwaukee Bucks.
He retired from his job as Lakers general manager in 1976 to spend more time with his ailing wife. Considered "America's Basketball Guru", Newell conducted an annual training camp for centers and forwards known as "Big Man Camp", which has since been informally dubbed "Pete Newell's Big Man Camp"; the camp originated. After Washington's game improved and more big men started to work with Newell, he opened the camp; the camp's impressive participants list features over 200 former NBA players. Newell attracted this list of players due to his reputation of teaching footwork, being what one publication described as "The Footwork Master". Former attendees include Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Walton, many others; the camp was seen as standard for players coming out of college into the NBA. From the time Newell opened the camp in 1976 until his death, he never accepted any money for his services, stating that "I owe it to the game. I can never repay what the game has given me." The camp has taken place in Honolulu and most Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 2001 Newell opened his version of the Big Man Camp for women and dubbed it "Pete Newell's Tall Women's Basketball Camp" with the following simple sentence serving as a summary of its intentions: "The Pete Newell Tall Women's Basketball Camp goal is to continue to do what Pete Newell has done his whole life-to teach the fundamentals and footwork of the game of basketball to young players." Newell's wife, died in 1984. His four sons have all been involved with basketball, his son, Pete Newell Jr. coached the Santa Cruz High School boys' basketball team to the California state championship in 2005. Another son, Tom Newell, is a longtime NBA scout and assistant coach who has worked on international basketball projects in China and Russia. Tom is a Fox Sports studio commentator in the network's Northwest region, his 3rd son, was the first person to bring computer software and analytics to the NBA in 1982 thru 2000 with the Newell Productivity System. This same compute
Luigi P. Carnesecca is a retired American college basketball coach at St. John's University. Carnesecca coached at the professional level, leading the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association for three seasons. Carnesecca was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992, he coached the St. John's basketball program to 200 losses over 24 seasons; the colorful "Looie" reached the post-season in every season he coached the team, including a Final Four appearance in 1985. He was selected as the National Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1985 by the U. S. Basketball Writers Association. Carnesecca is known for his sense of humor and his signature sweaters. In November 2004, St. John's University dedicated and renamed the historic Alumni Hall to Carnesecca Arena. Carnesecca served for three years in the US Coast Guard during World War II, he enrolled at St. John's and graduated in 1950, he coached his high school alma mater, St. Ann's, where he was succeeded by Jack Curran. After beginning his coaching career at St. John's in 1965, Carnesecca jumped to the pro level.
In the 1970–71, 1971–72 and 1972–73 seasons, Carnesecca coached the New York Nets of the defunct American Basketball Association, now the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. The 1971–72 Nets reached the ABA Finals, where they were defeated by the Indiana Pacers. Carnesecca returned to St. John's in 1973. Carnesecca was a longtime announcer for the USA Network's coverage of the yearly NBA drafts of the 1980s. List of NCAA Division I Men's Final Four appearances by coach Lou Carnesecca at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Robert Montgomery Knight is a retired American basketball coach. Nicknamed The General, Knight won 902 NCAA Division I men's college basketball games, the most all-time at the time of his retirement and third all-time, behind his former player and assistant coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse, who are both still active. Knight is best known as the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers from 1971 to 2000, he coached at Texas Tech and at Army. While at Indiana, Knight led his teams to three NCAA championships, one National Invitation Tournament championship, 11 Big Ten Conference championships, his 1975–76 team went undefeated during the regular season and won the 1976 NCAA tournament. The 1976 Indiana squad is the last men's college basketball team to go undefeated for the entire season. Knight received National Coach of the Year honors four times and Big Ten Coach of the Year honors eight times. In 1984, he coached the USA men's Olympic team to a gold medal, becoming one of only three basketball coaches to win an NCAA title, NIT title, an Olympic gold medal.
Knight was one of college basketball's most successful and innovative coaches, having popularized the motion offense. He has been praised for running good programs, most of his players graduated. However, Knight has sparked controversy with his behavior, he famously threw a chair across the court during a game and was once arrested for assaulting a police officer. Knight displayed a volatile nature and was prone to violent outbursts with students and during encounters with members of the press, he was recorded on videotape grabbing one of his players by the neck. Knight remains "the object of near fanatical devotion" from many of his former players and Indiana fans. Knight's combative nature and unacceptable pattern of behavior reached a saturation point, university president Myles Brand fired him in 2000. In 2008, Knight joined ESPN as a men's college basketball studio analyst during Championship Week and for coverage of the NCAA Tournament, he continued covering college basketball for ESPN through the 2014–15 season.
Knight was born in 1940 Massillon and grew up in Orrville, Ohio. He began playing organized basketball at Orrville High School. Knight continued at Ohio State in 1958. Despite being a star player in high school, he played a reserve role as a forward on the 1960 Ohio State Buckeyes team that won the NCAA Championship and featured future Hall of Fame players John Havlicek and Jerry Lucas; the Buckeyes lost to the Cincinnati Bearcats in each of the next two NCAA Championship games, of which Knight was a part. Due in part to the star power of those Ohio State teams, Knight received scant playing time, but that did not prevent him from making an impact. In the 1961 NCAA Championship game, Knight came off the bench with 1:41 on the clock and Cincinnati leading Ohio State, 61-59. In the words of then-Ohio State assistant coach Frank Truitt, Knight got the ball in the left front court and faked a drive into the middle. Crossed over like he worked on it all his life and drove right in and laid it up; that tied the game for us, Knight ran clear across the floor like a 100-yard dash sprinter and ran right at me and said,'See there, coach, I should have been in that game a long time ago!'
To which Truitt replied, "Sit down, you hot dog. You're lucky you're on the floor."In addition to lettering in basketball at Ohio State, it has been claimed that Knight lettered in football and baseball. Knight graduated with a degree in history and government in 1962. After Knight graduated from Ohio State in 1962, he coached junior varsity basketball at Cuyahoga Falls High School in Ohio for one year. Knight enlisted in the United States Army and accepted an assistant coaching position with the Army Black Knights in 1963, two years he was named head coach at the young age of 24. In six seasons at West Point, Knight won 102 games, with his first as a head coach coming against Worcester Polytechnic Institute. One of his players was Mike Krzyzewski, who served as his assistant before becoming a Hall of Fame head coach at Duke. Mike Silliman was another of Knight's players at Army, Knight was quoted as saying, "Mike Silliman is the best player I have coached." During his tenure at Army, Knight gained a reputation for having an explosive temper.
For example, after Army's 66-60 loss to BYU and Hall of Fame coach Stan Watts in the semifinals of the 1966 NIT, Knight lost control, kicking lockers and verbally blasting the officials. Embarrassed, he went to Watts' hotel room and apologized. Watts forgave him, is quoted as saying, "I want you to know that you're going to be one of the bright young coaches in the country, it's just a matter of time before you win a national championship." In 1971, Indiana University hired Knight as head coach. During his 29 years at the school, the Hoosiers won 662 games, including 22 seasons of 20 or more wins, while losing 239, a.735 winning percentage. In 24 NCAA tournament appearances at Indiana, Hoosier teams under Knight won 42 of 63 games, winning titles in 1976, 1981, 1987, while losing in the semi-finals in 1973 and 1992. In 1972–73, Knight's second year as coach, Indiana won the Big Ten championship and reached the Final Four, but lost to UCLA, on its way to its seventh consecutive national title.
The following season, 1973–74, Indiana once again captured a Big Ten title. In the two following seasons, 1974–75 and 1975–7
Bobby Gene Bartow was an American men's college basketball coach. The Browning, native coached 36 years at six universities after coaching two high schools in Missouri for six years. In 1972 Bartow coached the Puerto Rico national basketball team in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Bartow began his coaching at the prep level in Missouri, coaching Shelbina and St. Charles High School basketball squads to a 145–39 win-loss mark in six seasons, his 1957 St. Charles team won the state championship, defeating North Kansas City in the Class L finals by a score of 60–54. Bartow coached at Central Missouri State University from 1961 to 1964, Valparaiso University from 1964 to 1970, Memphis State University from 1970 until 1974, he led the Memphis State Tigers to the 1973 NCAA national championship game and consecutive Missouri Valley Conference titles in the 1971–72 and 1972–73 seasons, he coached the US national team in the 1974 FIBA World Championship. Bartow signed a five-year contract to replace Harv Schmidt at the University of Illinois in 1974.
A last-place team the previous campaign, the Fighting Illini finished tied for ninth in the Big Ten at 8–18 in 1975, Bartow's only season there. Despite this, he was the first Illini coach to extensively recruit talented African American high school players from the Chicago area, he was succeeded by Lou Henson. Bartow left the Midwest for Los Angeles to succeed coaching legend John Wooden as the head coach at UCLA, he led the Bruins from 1975 to 1977, guiding them to Pac-8 titles and a 52–9 record, including a berth in the Final Four in 1976, falling to Indiana, the undefeated eventual champion. Bartow coached the 1977 College Player of the Year, Marques Johnson, but second-ranked UCLA lost to unranked Idaho State by a point in the Sweet Sixteen at Provo, Utah; as of 2008, he has the second-highest winning percentage at UCLA, behind Gary Cunningham and above Wooden. After just two years at UCLA, Bartow left in 1977 to take over the job of creating an athletic program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
He served as athletic director for 18 years. Bartow led UAB to the NIT in 1980, the program's second year of existence, followed that up with seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including advancements to the Sweet Sixteen in 1981 and the Elite Eight in 1982. Bartow retired from coaching in 1996, in 1997, UAB renamed its basketball venue Bartow Arena in his honor, his son Murry, a UAB assistant, became the coach upon Bartow's retirement. In 1989, Bartow was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, 10 years in 1999, Central Missouri State elected him to theirs. Bartow was voted one of Valparaiso University's 150 most influential people in October 2009. Bartow was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City on November 22, 2009, along with fellow inductees Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Wayman Tisdale, Jud Heathcote, Walter Byers, Travis Grant and Bill Wall. In 2013, Bartow was selected for induction into the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Hall of Fame.
On April 15, 2009, a UAB spokesman revealed. List of college men's basketball coaches with 600 wins List of NCAA Division I Men's Final Four appearances by coach Sports Reference – Gene Bartow Gene Bartow at Find a Grave
Adolph Frederick Rupp was an American college basketball coach. Rupp is ranked fifth in total victories by a men's NCAA Division I college coach, winning 876 games in 41 years of coaching at the University of Kentucky, he played college basketball at the University of Kansas under Hall of Fame coach Phog Allen. Rupp is second among all men's college coaches in all-time winning percentage, trailing only Clair Bee. Rupp was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 13, 1969. Rupp was born September 2, 1901 in Halstead, Kansas to Heinrich Rupp, a German immigrant, Anna Lichi, an Austrian immigrant; the fourth of six children, Rupp grew up on a 163-acre farm. He began playing basketball as a young child, with the help of his mother who made a ball for him by stuffing rags into a gunnysack. "Mother sewed it up and somehow made it round," he recalled in 1977. "You couldn't dribble it. You couldn't bounce it either."Rupp was a star for the Halstead High School basketball team, one of the first in the area to play with a real basketball.
He averaged 19 points a game. Former teammates described Rupp as the team's unofficial coach. After high school, Rupp attended the University of Kansas from 1919 to 1923, he worked part-time at the student Jayhawk Cafe to help pay his college expenses. He was a reserve on the basketball team under legendary coach Forrest "Phog" Allen from 1919 to 1923. Assisting Allen during that time was his former coach and inventor of the game of basketball, James Naismith, whom Rupp got to know well during his time in Lawrence. In Rupp's junior and senior college seasons, Kansas had outstanding basketball squads. Both of these standout Kansas teams would be awarded the Helms National Championship, recognizing the Jayhawks as the top team in the nation during those seasons, he received a MA from Columbia University. Rupp began his career in coaching by accepting a teaching job at Kansas. After a one-year stay, Rupp moved on to Marshalltown, where he coached wrestling, a sport he knew nothing about at the time and learned from a book.
He led the Marshalltown team to a state wrestling title in 1926. In 1926–30, Rupp accepted the basketball head coaching position at Freeport High School, where he taught history and economics. During his four years at Freeport, Rupp compiled a record of 66-21 and guided his team to a third-place finish in the 1929 state tournament. While at Freeport High School Rupp started William "Mose" Mosely, the first African-American to play basketball at Freeport and the second to graduate from the school. University of Illinois head basketball coach Craig Ruby was invited to speak at the team banquet following the 1929–30 season. Ruby informed Rupp of the Kentucky head coaching job and followed up by recommending him for the job. During his time in Freeport, Rupp met Esther Schmidt. Rupp coached the University of Kentucky men's basketball team from 1930 to 1972. There, he gained the nicknames, "Baron of the Bluegrass", "The Man in the Brown Suit". Rupp's Wildcat teams won four NCAA championships, one National Invitation Tournament title in 1946, appeared in 20 NCAA tournaments, had six NCAA Final Four appearances, captured 27 Southeastern Conference regular season titles, won 13 Southeastern Conference tournaments.
Rupp's Kentucky teams finished ranked #1 on six occasions in the final Associated Press college basketball poll and four times in the United Press International poll. In addition, Rupp's 1966 Kentucky squad—nicknamed "Rupp's Runts"— finished runner-up in the NCAA tournament and Rupp's 1947 Wildcats finished runner-up in the National Invitation Tournament. Rupp's 1933 and 1954 Kentucky squads were retroactively named national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation. In his 41 seasons as UK coach, Rupp coached 32 All-Americans, chosen 50 times, 52 All-SEC players, chosen 91 times, 44 NBA Draft Picks, 2 National Players-of-the-Year, 7 Olympic Gold Medalists, 4 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame members, he was a 5-time National Coach-of-the-Year award winner, a 7-time Conference Coach-of-the-Year award winner. Rupp was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, College Basketball Hall of Fame, Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, Kansas Athletic Hall of Fame, University of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.
Further, since 1972, the Adolph Rupp Trophy, considered one of the nation's premier basketball awards, has been given by the Commonwealth Athletic Club to the top men's college basketball player. In addition, the University of Kentucky retired a jersey in his honor in the rafters of Rupp Arena, a 23,500-seat arena named after him, dedicated in 1976. Rupp was forced into retirement in March 1972, at the age of 70. At the time, this was the mandatory retirement age for all University of Kentucky employees. Rupp was the head coach at Kentucky during the point shaving scandal of 1951. On October 20, 1951, former Kentucky players Alex Groza, Bill Spivey, Ralph Beard, Dale Barnstable were arrested for taking bribes from gamblers to shave points during the National Invitation Tournament game against the Loyola Ramblers in the 1948–49 season; this game occurred during the same year that Kentucky won their second straight NCAA title under Rupp. Rupp and the university were criticized by the presiding judge, Saul Streit, for creating an atmosphere for the violations to occur and for "failing in his duty to observe the am