Tuesday, April 19, 2016

MSHSL Transfer Rule Gets Needed Scrutiny

In 1988 the Minnesota Legislature adopted Open Enrollment, which meant that any high school student could enroll in any school at any time for any reason. In 2007 the Minnesota State High School League in effect amended Open Enrollment in order to place limits on the opportunity for athletes to benefit from Open Enrollment.

Specifically, when a student-athlete transfers high schools, he or she has to sit out a year of athletics, at least in theory.

The reasons for this policy, it seems, included 1) recruiting. Parents, and sometimes even school officials, it was rumored, were out soliciting elite athletes to come to their schools, and there was nothing to prevent such a practice. The result was 2) the creation of super-teams. At that time, the St. Paul Central girls basketball team was Exhibit A. Girls had transferred into Central from all over town to create what is still regarded as the best girls basketball team ever to play in Minnesota.

Remember when the new transfer rule was going to stamp out all of that?

The problem with the transfer rule was—well, there are any number of problems with the transfer rule. First and foremost, it denies athletes equal protection of the law. But, secondly, it just doesn’t seem to be working. There seem to be more transfers than ever, and almost nobody sits out.

Equal Protection?

But, first and foremost, the whole point of Open Enrollment was that schools would have to compete for students. High quality schools would gain students, and poor quality schools would lose students. And, since state funding is based on the number of students, bad schools would not only lose students, they would lose funding and eventually they would go out of business. The good schools would survive, and the quality of education in Minnesota would improve for everybody. That’s the idea.

So, from 1988 until today, kids who are in band or choir, or are artsy, or they build robots, or they’re good at math, or whatever, they can enroll wherever they want, whenever the want, for any reason. If you’re an athlete, you can’t do that without sacrificing your sport. That denies athletes equal protection of the law, not because the Legislature exempted athletes from Open Enrollment, but because an extra-legal, voluntary association decided that it should be so.

That’s not fair and, I believe, it’s not legal. The Constitution says that everybody should have equal protection under the law. Of course, it’s only illegal if somebody with legal authority says so. But somebody might do that soon.

Justice Delayed

Justice delayed is justice denied, they say. And several parents are now suing the league about justice delayed. One of the issues is that if a student is declared to be ineligible, you can appeal, but the appeal is likely to take so long that the athletic season in question is over by the time the appeal is completed. One student was declared eligible for her sport on appeal, but that decision didn’t come until about the time of the state tournament.

If the courts find in favor of the students, then an appeals process would have to be made vastly more timely. A reasonable measure of timeliness would be that if a kid appeals and is found to be eligible, they could actually play their sport within that season.

Anything less would be “justice delayed, justice denied.”

Legislative Audit

Then, in addition to the lawsuit, the state Legislative Auditor is going to be auditing the league and its transfer policy at the request of state legislator, Rep. Bob Dettmer. Some of you know that Dettmer was the long-time Forest Lake wrestling coach. When he says he’s got no axe to grind, no problem with the MSHSL, you can take him at his word.

Yet, when his request for a legislative audit was announced, the news article included complaints about the way the East Ridge football program was treated by the league. It turns out that East Ridge used an ineligible football player who lied to the school about his place of residence. When this came to light, the league forfeited a whole slew of wins and a pair of section titles. Meanwhile, well, there was nothing anybody could do to the ineligible player.

So, There Are Problems

So there are problems. Appeals take too long. Punishments often target the innocent rather than the guilty. And, again, the rule discriminates against a whole class of Minnesotans—they being high school athletes.

And isn’t that a pretty high price to pay for a policy that, in turn, doesn’t seem to actually be accomplishing its objectives?

But, wait. To be fair, here are the numbers, as reported by the Star Tribune, which has just taken an in-depth look at the whole issue, though I have to say that they seem to have overlooked the main points. Which are, the transfer rule denies athletes equal protection of the law, and that there are so many kids who transfer and play.

So, the numbers reported by the Strib are as follows. There have been about 2,400 transfers into Minnesota high schools this school year, about 1,400 of them within the state. About 480 were pursuant to Open Enrollment, and about 427 to families changing residences. (That leaves about 500 “other,” and there’s no indication what those situations are.)

When transferring, a student first applies to the new AD for eligibility, and the league agreed with 92 percent of the AD’s rulings. The league overruled the ADs 108 times. (If that’s the 8 percent, then the 92 percent would be about 1,200 cases.)

There were 139 appeals. Presumably these are cases where the league ruled a player to be ineligible. (I doubt if very many people would appeal a ruling that a student was eligible.)

47 appeals were approved (presumably, a student being found to be eligible) and 58 were denied. The others remain in process. (So, in other words, the “justice delayed” scenario applies to about 10 percent of transfers. The “equal protection” concern would apply to all of them.)

What the Strib’s numbers don’t show is how many transfers ultimately play sports and how many sit out. If the 58 appeals denied are the only ones who sit out, that’s only 4 percent. But, surely some students go ahead and sit out a year without appealing. Let’s assume that just 1 in 10 students who are ruled ineligible go to appeal. Now you’ve got 40 percent (of 1,400) sitting out, and 60 percent (840) who are playing. I would think, actually, that the number is much higher than 840—say, at least 1,000—who transfer each year without giving up a year of eligibility.

Remember when the transfer rule was going to stamp that out? Instead, there’s maybe 1,000 kids each year who find some loophole to go through to maintain their eligibility. Anyone who follows girls basketball as closely as many of our readers do, in fact, know perfectly well that the percent of transfers who maintain their eligibility is way beyond 60 percent. 90 percent or more would seem more accurate.

Of course, many of those fall under those 427 families that changed residence. But you and I also know that in many, many of those cases, the transfer from one school to another comes first. The new house comes after.

So, in short, transferring by athletes remains rampant. And, when a girl transfers from Rochester to Irondale or Waseca to Lakeville, it’s probably because mom or dad got a new job. But when she transfers from Hopkins to Eastview or Eden Prairie to Chanhassen, mom or dad’s job probably had nothing to do with it. Again, you and I both know that in the vast majority of cases, the transfer is for basically athletic purposes.

Remember when the transfer rule was going to stamp that out?

And, yet, somewhere in the range of 60 to 90 percent or more (probably a little more) of such students maintain their athletic eligibility in spite of whatever the rule says.

And, so, ultimately, that’s why the transfer rule should be rescinded. It’s analogous to the MSHSL’s new policy of denying media credentials to the state tournament to Web sites that rank and rate and evaluate players (“recruiting Web sites”). And then, after being denied a media credential, I bought a ticket to the first session and saw Kevin Anderson, Gary Knox and Chuck Thompson sitting at courtside. Okay, now I want a pass.

Same here: If Brooke Bowlin and Rachel Garvey and Martha Kuderer never missed a day of athletic competition, then it just isn’t fair that Katey Brattland and Lizzie Odegard and Sam Trammel ever did.


And, as far as “super-teams” are concerned, well, okay, we haven’t had a team as good as St. Paul Central 2007, though obviously there are some Hopkins fans who are going to disagree with me on that. Which just proves my point.

The Hopkins girls have won 4 out of 6 state titles (with 5 out of 6 state championship game appearances) and 6 state titles over a period of 13 years. Among the boys Hopkins has won 6 of 12 and 7 of 15. And I mean no disrespect when I ask where all those Hopkins ballplayers actually live. And who can actually compete with the Hopkins boys? Year in, year out, it’s Apple Valley, it’s Lakeville North, it’s Osseo, it’s Eden Prairie, the usual suspects.

And regardless of where the kids live, the point remains that super-teams have become more and more entrenched since the passage of the transfer rule that was supposed to stamp them out.

So, again, with all the problems that seem to be endemic to the transfer rule, isn’t that just too much of a price to pay in light of the fact that the rule isn’t accomplishing its objectives?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Minnesota Players of the Year

Players of the Year 1901-2015

3 awards each--George Tuck, Frank Lawler, Marty Rolek, Jim McIntyre, George Mikan, Kevin Garnett, Lindsay Whalen
2 awards each--William Deering, Harold Gillen, Dick Arney, Tony Jaros, Hal Haskins, Ron Johnson, Lou Hudson, Mark Olberding, Kevin McHale, Randy Breuer, Carlie Wagner

1901--George Tuck, Mpls. Central
1902--William Deering, Minnesota
1904--Tuck, Minnesota
1906--Garfield Brown, Minnesota

1911--Frank Lawler, Minnesota
1912--Lawler, various senior teams
1913--Lawler, The Ineligibles
1914--Harold Gillen, Stillwater
1915--Al Rehder, Red Wing Company L
1916--Bill Conlin, Red Wing Company L
1917--Gillen, Minnesota
1918--Street, Carleton
1919--Erling Platou, Minnesota

1920--Martin Norton, Mpls. Central
1921--Arnold Oss, Minnesota
1922--Ozzie Cowles, Carleton
1923--Carl Nordly, Carleton
1924--Mally Nydahl, Mpls. South
1925--Black Rasey, Minnesota
1926--Bennie Lichtenegger, Gaylord
1927--Otto Rortvedt, Henning
1928--Cliff Halmrast, Moorhead
1929--Earl Moran, Moorhead

1930--Chuck Wagner, The Ascensions
1931--Ray Buffalo, DeLaSalle
1932--Dick Arney, Carleton
1934--Marty Rolek, Mpls. Edison and the Dominiums
1935--Wally Zimmerman, Hamline
1936--Johnny Dick, Buhl
1937--Marty Rolek, Minnesota
1939--Clint Wager, St. Mary's

1940--Tony Jaros, Mpls. Edison
1941--Arnie Johnson, Bemidji State
1942--Johnny Norlander, Hamline
1943--Hal Haskins, Alexandria
1944--Jim McIntyre, Mpls. Patrick Henry
1946--Jaros, Minnesota
1947--McIntyre, Minnesota
1948--George Mikan, Minneapolis Lakers
1949--Vern Mikkelson, Hamline

1950--Haskins, Hamline
1951--Bill Simonovich, Gilbert
1953--Dave Tschimperle, Hopkins
1955--Dick Garmaker, Minnesota
1956--Ron Johnson, New Prague
1957--Jon Hagen, Belview
1958--Norm Grow, Foley
1959--Elgin Baylor, Minneapolis Lakers

1960--R. Johnson, Minnesota
1961--Terry Kunze, Duluth Central
1962--Eric Magdanz, Minnesota
1963--Dan Anderson, Augsburg
1964--Lou Hudson, Minnesota
1966--Archie Clark, Minnesota
1967--Jim Hill, St. Paul Central
1968--Bob Zender, Edina
1969--Tony Jenkins, Shattuck

1970--Tom Mulso, Sherburn
1971--Como Pontliana, Duluth Central
1972--Jim Brewer, Minnesota
1973--Mark Olberding, Melrose
1975--Frank Wachlarowicz, Little Falls
1976--Steve Lingenfelter, Bloomington Jefferson
1977--Mychal Thompson, Minnesota
1978--Janet Karvonen, New York Mills
1979--Randy Breuer, Lake City

1980--Kevin McHale, Minnesota
1981--Kelly Skalicky, Albany
1982--Darryl Mitchell and Trent Tucker, Minnesota
1983--Breuer, Minnesota
1984--Joe Regnier, White Bear Lake
1985--Laura Coenen, Minnesota
1986--McHale, Boston Celtics
1987--Kevin Lynch, Bloomington Jefferson
1988--Jessica Beachy, Concordia (Moorhead)
1989--Willie Burton, Minnesota

1990--Richard Coffey, Minnesota
1991--Joel McDonald, Chisholm
1992--Laurie Trow, St. Thomas
1993--Voshon Leonard, Minnesota
1994--Carol Ann Shudlick, Minnesota
1995--Coco and Kelly Miller, Rochester Mayo
1996--Khalid El-Amin, Mpls. North
1997--Bobby Jackson, Minnesota
1998--Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves

2000--Jake Sullivan, Tartan
2001--Rick Rickert, Duluth East
2002--Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota
2005--Janelle McCarville, Minnesota
2006--Isaiah Dahlman, Braham
2007--Angel Robinson, St. Paul Central
2008--John Smith, Winona State
2009--Tayler Hill, Mpls. South

2010--Rachel Banham and Cassie Rochel, Lakeville North
2011--Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
2012--Whalen, Minnesota Lynx
2013--Tyus Jones, Apple Valley
2014--Carlie Wagner, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva
2015--Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx, and Amanda Zahui, Minnesota Gophers (tie)
2016--Banham, Minnesota Gophers
2017--Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx
2018--Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves

Winners of the Minnesota Hoops Readers Poll

2011--Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
2012--Taylor Young, St. Thomas
2013--Anders Broman, Lakeview Christian
2014--Carlie Wagner, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva

Team of the Year

Minnesota Hoops Team of the Year

Multiple Awards--Minnesota Gophers 22 The Ascensions 5 Carleton 3 Rock Spring Sparklers 3 Mpls. Patrick Henry 3 Hamline 3 Minnesota Aggies 2 Mpls. Central 2 Moorhead 2 Minneapolis Lakers 2 Hopkins 2 Mpls. Roosevelt 2 Austin 2 DeLaSalle 2 Edina 2 Duluth Central 2 St. Thomas women 2 Bloomington Jefferson girls 2 Winona State 2 Minnesota Lynx 2

1895--Minnesota Aggies (U of M Ag School), Twin City League champs
1896--Minneapolis YMCA, TC champions
1897--Minnesota Aggies, TC champions
1898--Red Wing Company G

1900--Minnesota Gophers 10-3
1901--Minnesota Gophers 11-1
1902--Minnesota Gophers 15-0, Helms national champion
1903--Minnesota Gophers 13-0, Premo national champion
1904--Minnesota Gophers 10-2
1905--Minnesota Lady Gophers 45-6 over 8 years
1906--Red Wing Red Men 33-6
1907--Minnesota Gophers 10-2, Big Ten co-champions
1908--Minnesota Gophers 12-7
1909--The Ascensions

1910--The Ascensions
1911--Madison high school, mythical state champions
1912--The Ascensions
1913--Fosston 14-1, state champions
1914--Stillwater 14-2, state champions
1915--Chaska senior men
1916--Red Wing Company L 20-0
1917--Minnesota Gophers 17-2, Big Ten co-champions
1918--Minnesota Gophers 13-3
1919--Minnesota Gophers 13-0, Helms national champions

1920--Mpls. Central
1921--Mpls. Central 13-1, state champions
1922--Red Wing 15-2, state champions
1923--Carleton, MIAC champions
1924--Carleton 14-0, Midwest Conference champions
1925--St. Paul Mechanic Arts 17-1, state champions
1926--Gaylord 20-3, state champions
1927--Henning school, state Class B champions
1928--Moorhead 19-3, state champions
1929--Moorhead 24-3, state champions

1930--The Ascensions, state AAU champions
1931--DeLaSalle, national Catholic champions
1932--Carleton, Midwest Conference champions
1933--The Ascensions, state AAU champions
1934--The Dominions, state AAU champions
1935--Rock Spring Sparklers, state AAU champions
1936--Rock Spring Sparklers, state AAU champions
1937--Minnesota Gophers 14-6, Big Ten co-champions
1938--Minnesota Gophers 16-4
1939--Minnesota Gophers 14-6

1940--St. Mary's College, MIAC champions
1941--Bemidji State, NTC champions
1942--Hamline, NAIA national champion
1943--Rock Spring Sparklers
1944--Mpls. Patrick Henry 24-1, state champions
1945--Mpls. Patrick Henry 24-1, state champions
1946--Austin 22-3, state champions
1947--Mankato State 18-4, NTC champions
1948--Minneapolis Lakers 51-19, NBL and World Professional champions
1949--Hamline 31-3, NAIA national champion

1950--Minneapolis Lakers 62-19, NBA champions
1951--Hamline, NAIA national champion
1952--Hopkins 25-1, state champions
1953--Hopkins 23-0, state champions
1954--Gustavus Adolphus, MIAC champions
1955--Minnesota Gophers 15-7
1956--Mpls. Roosevelt 20-3, state champions
1957--Mpls. Roosevelt 27-0, state champions
1958--Austin 20-3, state champions
1959--DeLaSalle, state Catholic champions

1960--Edgerton 27-0, state champions
1961--Duluth Central 27-0, state champions
1962--St. Cloud State 23-4, NIC champions
1963--Marshall 25-1, state champions
1964--Luverne 20-5, state champions
1965--Minnesota Gophers 19-5
1966--St. Thomas 24-4, MIAC champions
1967--Edina 27-0, state champions
1968--Edina 26-1, state champions
1969--Shattuck, state independent champions

1970--Sherburn 26-0, state champions
1971--Duluth Central 23-1, state champions
1972--Minnesota Gophers 18-7, Bit Ten champions
1973--Minnesota Gophers 21-5
1974--Melrose 27-0, state champions
1975--Little Falls 26-1, state champions
1976--Mpls. Marshall-University 28-0, state A champions
1977--Minnesota Gophers 24-3
1978--Bloomington Jefferson girls 24-0, state AA champions
1979--New York Mills girls 25-1, state A champions

1980--Albany girls 26-0, state A champions
1981--Minnesota Gopher women 28-7, Big Ten tournament champions
1982--Minnesota Gopher men 23-6, Big Ten champions
1983--Woodbury boys 24-0, state AA champions
1984--White Bear Lake boys 26-0, state AA champions
1985--White Bear Lake boys 26-0, state AA champions
1986--Mankato State women 25-4, NCC champions
1987--Bloomington Jefferson boys 26-0, state AA champions
1988--Concordia (Moorhead) women 31-1, NCAA D3 champions
1989--Minnesota Gopher men 19-12

1990--Minnesota Gopher men 23-9
1991--St. Thomas women 29-2, NCAA D3 champions
1992--St. Thomas women 27-1, MIAC champions
1993--St. Benedict's women 28-2, MIAC champions
1994--Bloomington Jefferson girls 26-2, state AA champions
1995--North Tartan 15 & Under girls, national AAU champions
1996--Mpls. North boys 29-1, state champions
1997--Minnesota Gopher men 31-4, Big Ten champions
1998--Mpls. North girls 29-0, state AAA champions
1999--St. Benedict's women 28-2, MIAC champions

2000--Mpls. Patrick Henry boys 28-1, state AAA champions
2001--Osseo boys 30-1, state AAAA champions
2002--Minnesota Gopher women 22-8
2003--Minnesota Gopher women 25-6
2004--Minnesota Gopher women 25-9
2005--Braham boys 33-0, state AA champions
2006--Winona State men 32-4, NCAA D2 champions
2007--St. Paul Central girls 32-0, state AAAA champions
2008--Winona State men 38-1, NCAA D2 champions
2009--Mankato State women 32-2, NCAA D2 champions

2010--Lakeville North girls 32-0, state AAAA champions, and St. Paul Johnson boys 32-0, state AAA champions
2011--St. Thomas men 30-3, NCAA D3 champions
2012--Minnesota Lynx 34-8, WNBA champions
2013--Hopkins girls 31-1, 3rd straight Class AAAA champions
2014--Minnesota Lynx 33-8
2015--Minnesota Lynx, WNBA champions for the 3rd time in 5 years
2016--St. Thomas men 30-3, NCAA D3 champions 2nd time in 6 years
2017--Minnesota Lynx 33-9, WNBA champions for the 4th time

Game of the Year

I never got around to picking a Game of the Year through the decades of Minnesota basketball. I previously had picked 3 games per decade, but it's time for a more thorough job. The games listed in boldface are the ones I will plan on going back to see as soon as I get my time machine running.

Multiple Awards (Minnesota teams)--Minnesota Gophers 18-15 Winona State 4-0 Minnesota Gopher women 3-0 Carleton 3-1 Stillwater 2-0 Ascensions 2-0 Buhl 2-0 Red Wing 2-0 Buhl 2-0 St. John's 2-0 White Bear Lake 2-0 Bloomington Jefferson 2-0 St. Thomas (University) 2-0 Minnesota Aggies 2-1 Moorhead 2-1  Mpls. North 2-2 Minneapolis Lakers 2-3 Holy Cross Church 1-1 Mountain Lake 1-1 Marshall 1-1 Augsburg 1-1 Duluth Central 1-2 Hopkins 1-2 Rock Spring Sparklers 0-2 Crosby-Ironton 0-3 Hamline 0-3 Bemidji 0-3

(Non-Minnesotans)--Ohio State 3-0 Phillips Oilers 2-0 Michigan 2-0 Chicago 2-1 Wisconsin 2-1 Indiana 1-1 Crawfordsville (IN) HS 1-1 Harlem Globetrotters 1-1 Columbia 1-2 Iowa 0-2

1896 Minnesota Aggies 9 Hamline 3 in the first intercollegiate game anywhere in the world
1897 Minnesota Aggies 19 Minnesota Gophers 3
1898 Red Wing Company G 22 Minneapolis YMCA 19 marking the end of the YMCA's dominance
1899 Minnesota Gophers 20 Minnesota Aggies 9 after Aggies beat Gophers 10 straight times

1900 Minnesota Lady Gophers 12 Stanley Hall 6 in 1st game ever for Lady Gophers
1901 Minnesota Gophers 42 Wisconsin 15
1902 Minnesota Gophers 32 Yale 23 in a match game for the national collegiate title
1903 Stillwater 26 Minneapolis Central 21, claims the mythical state high school championship
1904 Minnesota Gophers 28 Crawfordsville (IN) HS 23 after Gophers beat Indiana and Purdue easily
1905 Columbia 27 Minnesota 15 as Gophers fail to beat #1 in the nation.
1906 Red Wing Red Men 20 Stockton (CA) 14 in match-up of 2 state champion senior men's teams
1907 Minnesota Gophers 21 Chicago 10 to clinch 1st Big 10 title
1908 Minnesota Gophers sweep Columbia 9-8, 16-11
1909 Chicago 27 Minnesota Gophers 2

1910 Minnesota Gophers split with Chicago 15-10, 15-18
1911 Madison HS 29 Ada 10 in match game for mythical state high school championship
1912 Wisconsin sweeps Minnesota Gophers 22-12, 29-26
1913 Fosston 29 Mountain Lake 27 to win 1st state high school tournament final
1914 Stillwater 30 Winona 4 in state high school final
1915 Red Wing HS 21 Red Wing Company L 19
1916 Virginia 20 St. Paul Mechanic Arts 9 in state high school final
1917 Minnesota Gophers 31 Iowa 19 to clinch Big 19 title
1918 Waseca 29 Duluth Central 10 in state high school final
1919 Minnesota Gophers 26 Illinois 9 to cap undefeated season and national title

1920 Crawfordsville (IN) 21 Mpls. Central 16; Central settles for 3rd in national HS tournament
1921 Indiana 24 Carleton 23
1922 Lexington (KY) 27 Duluth Cathedral 26; Cathedral also takes 3rd
1923 Aurora 24 Austin 14 in state high school final
1924 Carleton wins at Michigan State
1925 Ohio State 32 Minnesota Gophers 20 in 1st game at Kenwood Armory
1926 Gaylord 13 Gilbert 9 in state high school final
1927 Henning 28 Chisago City 18 in state high school Class B tournament final
1928 Ohio State 48 Minnesota 40 in 1st game at fieldhouse
1929 Jesse M. Stasch 27 Holy Cross Church 25 in Minnesota AAU championship

1930 Ascensions 31 Davis Hunt Club (Kansas City) 24 in national AAU
1931 DeLaSalle 23 Jaspar (IN) Academy 21 in national Catholic tournament final
1932 Thief River Falls 21 Chisholm 15 in state high school final
1933 Carleton 34 Wisconsin 29
1934 Dominium Electric 27 Rock Spring Sparklers 20 to win state AAU title
1935 Carleton 29 Minnesota Gophers 26
1936 Buhl 41 Mpls. Edison 32; huge upset, Buhl shoots 50% at a time when 20% is "good"
1937 Minnesota Gophers 34 Northwestern 33 to clinch Big 10 title
1938 Minnesota Gophers 56 Long Island U 41 at Madison Square Garden
1939 Mountain Lake 37 Mpls. Marshall 31 in state high school final

1940 Ascensions 41 Holy Cross 23 in state AAU final
1941 Bemidji State 41 San Diego State 32, beating defending national NAIA champs
1942 Buhl 30 Marshall 29 in state high school final
1943 Washington Bears 42 Rock Spring Sparklers 21 in national professional tournament
1944 Mpls. Henry 51 Crosby-Ironton 42 in state high school final
1945 Minnesota Gophers 45 DePaul 36, holding George Mikan to lowest college total of 11 points
1946 Lynd 58 Crosby-Ironton 47 in state high school final
1947 Duluth Denfeld 46 Crosby-Ironton 44 in state high school final
1948 Harlem Globetrotters 61 Minneapolis Lakers 59
1949 Philips Oilers sweep Hamline 52-38 and 49-46

1950 Minneapolis Lakers 75 Harlem Globetrotters 60
1951 Minnesota Gophers 61 Kentucky 57 Gophers open Williams Arena vs. national champs
1952 Ft. Wayne 19 Minneapolis Lakers 18 famous stall game
1953 Red Wing 92 Braham 73 in Region 4 high school final
1954 North Carolina State 85 Minnesota Gophers 84
1955 Minnesota Gophers 59 Purdue 56 (6 OT)
1956 Minneapolis Roosevelt 101 Blue Earth 54 in state high school final
1957 Minneapolis Roosevelt 73 Bemidji 70 (OT) in state high school 1st round
1958 Minneapolis Lakers 111 Harlem Globetrotters 100
1959 Boston Celtics 173 Minneapolis Lakers 139

1960 Edgerton 63 Richfield 60 (OT) in state high school semi-finals
1961 Duluth Central 51 Bemidji 50 in state high school final
1962 Minnesota Gophers split with Indiana: win 104-100, lose 105-104
1963 Marshall 75 Cloquet 74 in state high school final
1964 Augsburg 72 Duluth Branch 71 for right to play in national NAIA tournament
1965 Michigan sweeps Minnesota Gophers 91-78, 88-85
1966 Edina 62 Henning 55 (3OT) in state high school semi-finals
1967 Moorhead 73 Duluth Central 69 in state high school semi-finals
1968 Moorhead 108 St. Paul Highland Park 89 in state high school 1st round
1969 St. John's sweeps Winona State 53-50, 66-61 (OT) to move on to NAIA tournament

1970 Sherburn 78 South St. Paul 62 in state high school final
1971 St. Thomas 64 Augsburg 63 to move on to NAIA tournament
1972 Ohio State 50 Minnesota Gophers 44 in "basketbrawl"
1973 Iowa 79 Minnesota Gophers 77 to knock Gophers out of Big 10 title
1974 Melrose 58 Bemidji 42 in state high school "overall" final
1975 Little Falls 54 Chisholm 50 in state high school "overall" final
1976 Bloomington Jefferson 60 Hibbing 51 in state high school Class AA final
1977 Prior Lake 52 Duluth Central 49 in state high school Class AA final
1978 St. John's 98 Moorhead State 85 to move on to NAIA tournament
1979 New York Mills girls 61 Albany 52 in state high school girls Class A final

1980 Virginia 58 Minnesota Gophers 55 in NIT final
1981 Kansas 67 Minnesota Gopher women 61 in regional final
1982 Minnesota Gophers 57 Iowa 55 (3OT) en route to Big 10 title
1983 Woodbury 56 Coon Rapids 50 (OT) in state high school Class AA final
1984 White Bear Lake 51 Mpls. North 47 in state high school Class AA final
1985 White Bear Lake 67 Mpls. North 62 in state high school Class AA final
1986 Bloomington Jefferson 52 Duluth Central 51 in state high school Class AA final
1987 Blaine 62 Moorhead 56 (5 OT) in state high school Class AA semis
1988 Concordia (Moorhead) women 65 St. John Fisher 57 for NCAA D3 championship
1989 Duke 87 Minnesota Gophers 70 in Sweet 16

1990 Minnesota Gophers 82 Syracuse 75 in Sweet 16
1991 St. Thomas women 73 Muskingum 55 for NCAA D3 championship
1992 Minnesota Gophers 62 Georgetown 61 for NIT title
1993 Cretin-Derham Hall 72 Elk River 69 (2OT) in state high school Class AA semi
1994 Minnesota Gopher women 81 Notre Dame 76 in NCAA tournament
1995 Mpls. North 54 Staples-Motley 52 in state high school Sweet 16 final
1996 Mpls. North 67 St. Thomas 65 in state high school Sweet 16 semi-final
1997 Wabasso 117 Red Lake 113 (OT) in state high school Class A semi's
1998 Anoka Ramsey CC women 73 DuPage (IL) 48 for NJCAA D3 title
1999 Washington (St. Louis) women 74 St. Benedict's 65 for NCAA D3 title

2000 Minnesota Timberwolves 101 Indiana 100 on half-court shot by Malik Sealy
2001 Lakeville girls 53 Woodbury 52 (OT) in state high school girls Class AAAA 1st round
2002 Minnesota Gopher women 92 Wisconsin 85
2003 Minnesota Gopher women win at #9 Stanford to advance to NCAA Sweet 16
2004 Minnesota Gopher women 82 #1 Duke 75 for a trip to the Final Four
2005 Hopkins 71 Eastview 60 (OT) in state Class AAAA final; Hoffarber's "butt shot"
2006 Winona State 74 Mankato State 71 after trailing by 16 in NCAA D2 regional game
2007 Winona State 69 Minnesota Gophers 64 in exhibition game
2008 Jordan girls 79 Crookston 74 as Chambers scores 47 in state high school girls Class AA semi
2009 Mankato State women 103 Franklin Pierce 94 in D3 women's championship game

2010 St. Paul Johnson boys 86 Hopkins 78 in matchup of 2 state champions
2011 St. Thomas 78 Wooster 54 in NCAA D3 championship game
2012 Osseo boys 87 Hopkins 86 (3OT) state AAAA semi-final
2013 New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva girls 60 Braham 59, Class AA final
2014 Lakeville North boys 84 Hopkins 82, Class AAAA final, JP Macura 43 points
2015 Minnesota Lynx 80 Indiana Fever 77, Game 3, WNBA finals, Maya Moore hits buzzer-beater
2016 Minnesota Gopher women 112 Northwestern 106 (2OT) as Rachel Banham scores 60
2017 Minnesota Gopher men 63 Michigan State 58 in Big 10 tournament
2018 Cretin 79 Apple Valley 78 Class AAAA final on last-second dunk by Daniel Oturu

Coach of the Year

Coach of the Year

Most awards--Cooke (9), Hutton (5), Dean, Cowles, MacMillan, Kundla, Mosher Hanson, Haskins (3 each), Diebold, Cleve, Dutcher, Schiffler, McHale, Saunders, Riverso, Durbin, Smith, Fritz (2 each)

1895--Ray Kaighn, Hamline
1896--Dr. Louis J. Cooke, Minneapolis YMCA

1900--Cooke, Minnesota

1913--Rev. Fred B. Hill, Carleton
1914--Harry Gammons, Stillwater
1915--Raymond Hanson, Red Wing
1916--Claude Hunt, Carleton
1918--Windy Levis, Carleton

1920--Earl Jackson, Carleton
1921--Weston Mitchell, Mpls. Central
1922--Everett Dean, Carleton
1925--Edwin McKee, St. Paul Mechanic Arts
1926--B.F. Borchert, Gaylord
1927--Otto Engenbrecht, Mpls. South
1928--Glenn Hanna, Moorhead
1929--Ray Parkins, Mpls. Edison and Jesse Stasch seniors

1930--Ozzie Cowles, Carleton
1931--Frank Cleve, Concordia (Moorhead)
1932--Marshall Diebold, Carleton
1934--Harvey Roels, Chisholm
1935--Joe Hutton, Hamline
1937--Dave MacMillan, Minnesota
1939--Moose Krause, St. Mary's

1940--Walt Mikulich, Breckenridge
1941--Muxey Anderson, Buhl
1943--Harry Nelson, St. Paul Washington
1944--Cleve, Mpls. Patrick Henry
1945--Dick Buckley, Ely
1947--Jim Withan, Mankato State
1948--John Kundla, Minneapolis Lakers
1949--Cowles, Minnesota

1950--Paul Sokol, St. Thomas
1952--Butsie Maetzold, Hopkins
1953--Mario Retica, Hibbing
1954--Gus Young, Gustavus Adolphus
1956--Wayne Courtney, Mpls. Roosevelt
1958--Norm Olson, Duluth Branch
1959--Jack Thurnblad, Wayzata

1960--Richie Olson, Edgerton
1961--Lloyd Peterson, Minnesota-Duluth
1962--Red Severson, St. Cloud State
1963--Glenn Mattke, Marshall
1964--Kundla, Minnesota
1966--Tom Feely, St. Thomas
1967--Duane Baglien, Edina
1968--Orris Jirele, Rochester Lourdes
1969--Al Wold, Rochester John Marshall

1970--Bill Fitch, Minnesota
1971--Jim Hastings, Duluth Central
1972--Bill Musselman, Minnesota
1973--Les Wothke, Winona State
1974--Del Schiffler, Melrose
1975--Bob McDonald, Chisholm
1976--Ed Prohofsky, Mpls. Marshall-University
1977--Jim Dutcher, Minnesota
1978--Ellen Mosher, Minnesota women
1979--Dan Smith, St. John's men

1980--Dave Schellhase, Moorhead State men
1983--Schiffler, Woodbury boys
1984--Dale Race, Minnesota-Duluth men
1985--Mosher Hanson
1986--Butch Raymond, St. Cloud State men
1987--Jack Evens, Bloomington Jefferson boys
1988--Duane Siverson, Concordia (Moorhead) women
1989--Clem Haskins, Minnesota men

1991--Ted Riverso, St. Thomas women
1992--Len Horyza, Cretin boys
1993--Mike Durbin, St. Benedict's women
1994--Steve Fritz, St. Thomas men
1996--Kevin McHale & Flip Saunders, Minnesota Timberwolves
1998--McHale & Saunders

2000--Larry McKenzie, Mpls. Patrick Henry boys
2002--no award
2003--Mark Hanson, Gustavus Adolphus men
2004--Pam Borton, Minnesota women
2005--Myron Glass, Rochester Lourdes girls
2006--Mike Leaf, Winona State men
2007--Matt Marganthaler, Mankato State men
2008--Paul Fessler, Concordia (St. Paul) women
2009--Pam Gohl, Mankato State women

2010--Vern Simmons, St. Paul Johnson boys
2011--Steve Fritz, St. Thomas men--2nd award, 1st since 1994
2012--Rick Adelman, Minnesota Timberwolves
2013--Brian Cosgriff, Hopkins girls
2014--Mandy Pearson, St. Mary's women
2015--Cheryl Reeve, Minnesota Lynx
2016--John Tauer, St. Thomas men
2017--Ruth Sinn, St. Thomas women, 31-1
2018--Willie Braziel, Columbia Heights boys

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

What If: 100th Anniversary Boys State High School Basketball

What if there had been 2 classes right from the start? Who were the best small town teams?

I compared state tournament--and at times, regional--game scores to come up with the 2 best small town teams each of the tournament. Then I came up with a game score, an actual meeting of the 2 teams if it exists, or otherwise based on common opponents.

# The actual championship game teams and score
+ An actual tournament game score, but not the final
** Both teams played in the tournament, but did not play each other
* One of the teams played in the tournament, the other did not

1913 Fosston 29 Mountain Lake 27#
1914 Fosston 29 Howard Lake 15**
1915 Fosston 29 Mountain Lake 23**
1916 Virginia 20 St. Paul Mechanic Arts 9#
1917 Mountain Lake 22 Fosston 12**
1918 Lake City 26 Fosston 6**
1919 Fosston 30 Chisholm 15**

1920 Morton 18 Fulda 9**
1921 Fosston 35 Sandstone 18**--7 title games and 5 mythical titles in 9 years for Fosston
1922 Madison 28 Crookston 27**
1923 Aurora 22 Blue Earth 11**
1924 Two Harbors 26 Kasota 9**
1925 St. Paul Mechanic Arts*--the only small school in the 1925 field     
1926 Gaylord 13 Gilbert 9#    
1927 Bagley*--the only small school in the 1927 field
1928 Virginia 28 Appleton 13**--1st other than Fosston to mythically repeat
1929 St. Paul Mechanic Arts 23 Ely 22**--3rd repeater

1930 St. Paul Mechanic Arts 30 Chisholm 11**--2nd to repeat consecutively
1931 Glencoe 25 Glenwood 10**
1932 Chisholm 25 Balaton 17**
1933 Chisholm 28 Montevideo 18+
1934 Chisholm 29 St. Paul Mechanic Arts 27#--Chishom is 2nd 3-peat champion
1935 Glencoe 24 Rushford 21*--Rushford lost to eventual state champ Austin in the Region 1 final
1936 Wadena 28 Buhl 27+--in reality, a huge semi-final upset
1937 Crosby-Ironton 32 Virginia 30**
1938 Crosby-Ironton 37 Appleton 22**
1939 Mountain Lake 38 Gilbert 24**

1940 Breckenridge 35 Mountain Lake 28**
1941 Buhl 39 Braham 29*
1942 Buhl 44 LeCenter 21*
1943 Arlington 34 Virginia 22*--1st mythical champ not in state tournament field
1944 Litchfield 39 Crosby-Ironton 38*--2nd champ not in state tournament field
1945 Fulda 44 Ely 26*--3rd champ not in state tournament field
1946 Mountain Lake 60 Lynd 35**
1947 Mountain Lake 39 Crosby-Ironton 38**--Lakers now 4-2 in mythical finals
1948 Mountain Lake 46 Crosby-Ironton 26**--Lakers 5-2, C-I 2-3
1949 LeSueur 33 Jackson 31--1st time neither was in the field

1950 Mpls. Vocational 43 Canby 38*--5th champ not in actual field
1951 Gilbert 69 Canby 52#--only the 3rd time #, and Gilbert in 2 of them
1952 Mountain Lake 53 Halstad 49**
1953 Albany 55 Virginia 52--only second time neither was in the field
1954 Renville 58 Braham 52*
1955 Esko 66 Fairmont 52+
1956 Halstad 64 Blue Earth 62*
1957 Foley 52 Lyle 51--Foley led by the great Norm Grow
1958 Virginia 64 Luverne 59
1959 Carlton 61 Hawley 53**

1960 Edgerton 67 Dodge Center 55*
1961 Edgerton 61 International Falls 54*
1962 Danube 65 Jordan 50*
1963 Granite Falls 63 Sauk Centre 61**
1964 Luverne 68 Spring Valley 60*
1965 Henning 67 Virginia 62**
1966 Henning 69 Chisholm 68*
1967 Hayfield 63 Walnut Grove 58**
1968 Hayfield 84 Luverne 52**
1969 Wells 68 Crosby-Ironton 55**

1970 Sherburn 92 Albany 53*
1971 Melrose 72 Renville 60**--you had big schools in Class A; Renville lost to Red Wing in a semi
1972 St.James 57 Melrose 55#
1973 Chisholm 53 Melrose 52#
1974 Melrose 55 Waseca 47**--Waseca lost to Mound in a semi
1975 Chisholm 41 St. Paul Mechanic Arts 33#

1976-1984 The small school tournament was "pure" with 2 classes and no larger schools to speak of in Class A, except DeLaSalle. The actual finals for 1976-1996 are the same as our mythical ones with the following exceptions:

1985 Winona Cotter 50 Ceylon 49**--DeLaSalle won Class A, later moved up to AAA
1988 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 51 Bigfork 48--DeLaSalle won Class A
1992 Austin Pacelli 60 Clearbrook 35--DeLaSalle was the runner-up
1995 Staples-Motley 46 Chisholm 44+--this was a Sweet Sixteen semi
1996 Staples-Motley 60 Fertile-Beltrami 48**

Then in the 4-class era we have to imagine the result of a 2-class tournament.

1997-- Caledonia 71 Janesville-WP 66+
1998-- Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 54 Norman County East 52
1999-- Watertown-Mayer 61 Southwest MN Christian 52**--DeLaSalle win Class AA both years, but is now AAA

2000--Litchfield 42 Waterville-EM 28#
2001--Kenyon-Wanamingo 54 Southwest MN Christian 48**
2002--Litchfield 62 Lewiston-Altura 51#
2003--Litchfield 53 Mankato Loyola 49**
2004--Braham 73 Martin County West 47**
2005--Braham 59 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 49
2006--Braham 72 Breck 54#
2007--Holy Family 61 Maple River 57#
2008--Ellsworth 50 New London-Spicer 49**
2009--Pelican Rapids 80 St. Bernard's 68#

2010--Minnesota Transitions 67 New London-Spicer 62**
2011--Springfield 56 Perham 54**
2012--Belgrade-BE 62 Plainview EM 60**

Big Winners

This of course includes the 1976-1996 winners not listed above.

Mountain Lake 6 titles-3 runnersup. Champions in 1917, 1939, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1952. The 2nd great small town dynasty not counting the Iron Range.

Fosston 5-2 in the finals. Champions 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1921. The 1st great small town dynasty.

Chisholm 6-5. Champions 1932, 1933, 1934, 1973, 1975, 1991.

Litchfield 4-1. Champs in 1944, 2000, 2002, 2003.

Lake City 4-0. Champs 1918, 1978, 1979, 1990.

Winona Cotter 3-2. Champs in 1977, 1982, 1985.

Braham 3-2. Champions 2004, 2005, 2006, runnersup 1941, 1954.

St. Paul Mechanic Arts 3-3. Champs in 1925, 1929, 1930.

Virginia 3-5. Champs 1916, 1928, 1958, runnersup 1937, 1943, 1952, 1953, 1965.

Pelican Rapids 2-1. Champs in 1984 and 2009.

Melrose 2-2. Champs in 1971 and 1974.

Crosby-Ironton 2-5. Champs in 1937 and 1938, runnersup 1944, 1947, 1948, 1969 and 1987.

Buhl 2-1.

Bird Island, Glencoe, Edgerton, Henning, Hayfield, LeSueur, and Staples-Motley all 2-0.

By decade the dynasties were Fosston 1910s, St. Paul Mechanic Arts 1920s, Chisholm 1930s, Mountain Lake 1940s, Virginia 1950s, Luverne 1960s, Chisholm and Melrose 1970s, Staples-Motley the 1990s, and Litchfield and Braham in 2000s.

Note the Iron Range with Chisholm, Virginia, C-I and Buhl for a total of 13 "titles" and 15 runnersup. Except for Chisholm, however, there has not been a mythical small town finalist from the Iron Range since C-I in 1987, nor a Mesabi Range finalist since Virginia in 1965, nor a Mesabi Range champion since Virginia in 1958.

One-Shot Wonders

These are schools who have been judged the #1 small town (or small school) team one year, who never were among the top 2 again.

The 1920s

There would appear to have been lots of parity in these early years, as we had one-shot wonder "champions" in 1922 (Madison), 1923 (Aurora), 1924 (Two Harbors), 1926 (Gaylord) and 1927 (Bagley). Madison was runner-up in reality. Aurora, Two Harbors and Gaylord won state titles. Only Bagley "snuck in," you might say.

But Gaylord was clearly the class of these one-shot wonders. They won 7 consecutive upsets, stretching as far back as the sub-district finals and including wins over Moorhead, Austin and Gilbert at state. They were the first champion to be called by the name "Cinderella," and when they won the state title it was as if every small town had won, excepting of course Gilbert. Excited fans literally passed a hat around the lobby of the Kenwood Armory, where the tournament was played in 1926, and raised $500 to help with the team's travel expenses to the national tournament in Chicago.

1930s and 1940s

Parity lapsed for about 20 years as there was but 1 one-shot wonder in each of the next 2 decades: Wadena in 1936 and Arlington in 1943.

Buhl had upset favored Mpls. Edison in the 1st round in 1936, and an easy win over Wadena was imagined. Instead, Wadena shocked Buhl 28-27 in the semi but then lost to Austin in the final.

In 1943 Virginia was the only small school in the tournament field. They finished a respectable 3rd, beating Bemidji and Austin by a total of 6 points, and losing to Alexandria in the semi-finals, also by 6 points. St. Paul Washington demolished Alex in the final, 55-33. Ergo, Arlington. Arlington lost to Anoka 17-16 in a Region 4 semi. Anoka then lost to St. Paul Washington 26-23 in the region final. That makes Wahington 4 points better than Arlington, 22 points better than Alex, and 28 points better than Virginia. If it were close, I might stick with Virginia, but it's not close. Arlington was clearly a better ball club than Virginia.

The 1950s

The 1950s again saw some good parity as there were 5 different 1-shot-wonders and several who have a story to tell: e.g. Mpls. Vocational 1950 was a smaller school that played in the Lake Conference rather than the Mpls. City. Yet it won the Mpls. district title and lost to eventual state runner-up Robbinsdale 43-37 in the Region 5 final. Esko in 1955 in fact defeated Fairmont in the consolation championship game. Carlton 1959 would have been the smallest school from the smallest town to win the state title, if it had indeed won the finale, but it lost to Wayzata instead.

But the most interesting small town teams of the 1950s were Halstad 1956 and Foley 1957.

A great and widely recognized Halstad team had finished 3rd in the 1952 tournament, as Jim Akason finished his career as the #1 scorer in MN history. But Halstad yielded to Mountain Lake, a 1-point loser to eventual champion Hopkins, as the best small town team. Now, in 1956, Halstad lost to Bemidji 75-72 in the Region 8 final, whereupon the Lumberjacks took defending state champ Mpls. Roosevelt into OT before losing 73-70 in the 1st round at state. This is enough to establish Halstad as the top small town team, ahead of state runner-up Blue Earth, who lost to Roosevelt in an infamous rout in the state final 101-54.

Foley, meanwhile, was the District 19 champion in 1956 and 1957, Norm Grow's sophomore and junior seasons. By 1958 Grow would displace Akason a MN's all-time scorer but even Grow could not bring his team to a win vs. state champ Mpls. Roosevelt in the 1956 and 1957 Region 5 tournaments. In fact, St. Louis Park beat Foley 68-59 in a 1956 semi while Roosevelt themselves did it 50-37 in 1957. Still, Foley looks like the best small-town team in MN though Lyle, a 1-point loser to Rochester in the Region 1 final, also looks like a toughie.

No small town team won a state title between 1951 (Gilbert) and 1960 (Edgerton). It is teams like Halstad and Foley and Esko and Lyle that make me wish we had had 2 classes all along,

The 1960s

Parity was perceived to be at an all-time low as the Lake Conference dominated. Yet, small towns won state titles in 1960 (Edgerton) and 1964 (Luverne), and Henning and Hayfield each won two mythical titles. But Danube 1962 was the toughest of the 1-shot wonders of the 1960s.

The 1970s

Sherburn (1970) and St. James (1972) were not only 1-shot-wonders but in fact both won the overall state title undefeated. Mpls. Marshall-U did the same in 1976. They're a 1-shot-wonder among the small schools but obviously don't qualify as small-town.

The 1980s

Barnum (1983) and Norman County West (1987) were the only 1-shot-wonders of the '80s and both are in fact Class A champions.

The 1990s

Ditto Catholic powers Austin Pacelli (1992) and St. Agnes (1994), plus Caledonia (1997, Class AA among 4 classes). Long Prairie (1998) and Watertown-Mayer (1999) lost to DeLaSalle in Class AA but the Islanders have since moved up to Class AAA. The best of these 1-shot-wonders would be Caledonia, who defeated DeLaSalle 69-47 as Aaron Middendorf scored 45 points in the 1st Class AA final in 1997 to finish undefeated.

21st Century

The 1-shot-wonders include Kenyon-Wanamingo (2001), Holy Family (2007), Ellsworth (2008), MN Transitions (2010), Springfield (2011) and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (2012). The 1st 2 were Class AA, and Holy Family was probably the best of the 5, while the latter 4 are Class A. For their class you gotta love BBE, with just 1 loss over 2 years--that to Springfield in the 2011 state final. In 2012 BBE came back to beat SW MN Christian 54-45 for its 1st state title.

The best of the 1-shot-wonders throughout the years look to me like this:

1. Mpls. Marshall-U 1976
2. Gaylord 1926
3. Sherburn 1970
4. St. James 1972
5. Caledonia 1997
6. Aurora 1923
7. Madison 1922
8. Foley 1957
9. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 2012
10. Ellsworth 2008

But more to the point, the best of the small school teams are:

Top Small School Teams

1. Mpls. Marshall-U 1976
2. Litchfield 2000
3. Edgerton 1960
4. Melrose 1974
5. Braham 2005
6. Sherburn 1970
7. Lake City 1979
8. Gaylord 1926
9. Chisholm 1934
10. Buhl 1942

11. Luverne 1964
12. St. Paul Mechanic Arts 1925
13. Braham 2006
14. Caledonia 1997
15. Gilbert 1951
16. Mountain Lake 1939
17. Pelican Rapids 2009
18. St. James 1972
19. St. Paul Mechanic Arts 1930
20. Ellsworth 2008

21. Breckenridge 1940
22. Staples-Motley 1995--the best small school not to win a state title
23. Chisholm 1991
24. Chisholm 1973
25. Fosston 1913
26. Henning 1966--#2 non-title winner
27. Buhl 1941
28. Mountain Lake 1946--3rd best non-title winner
29. Melrose 1971
30. Aurora 1923

31. Bird Island-Lake Lillian 1980
32. Lynd 1946--4th best non-title winner
33. Chisholm 1975
34. St. Agnes 1994
35. Virginia 1916
36. Danube 1962--5th best non-title winner

37. Madison 1922--#6 non-winner
38. Carlton 1959--#7 non-winner
39. Foley 1957--#1 non-state tournament participant
40 (tie). Crosby-Ironton 1937--#9 tie non-winner
     Virginia 1937--#9 tie non-winner

42 (tie). Mountain Lake 1952--#11 tie non-winner
     Mountain Lake 1948--#11 tie non-winner
     Mountain Lake 1947--#11 tie non-winner
45. Wadena 1936--#14 non-winner

46. Winona Cotter 1982
47. Glencoe 1931
48. Halstad 1952--#15 non-winner
49. Rushford 1989
50. Braham 2004

51. Maple River 1993
52. Two Harbors 1924
53. Edgerton 1961--#16 non-winner
54. LeSueur 1986
55. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrose 2012

56. Gilbert 1926--#17 non-winner
57. Chisholm 1995--#18 non-winner
58. Litchfield 1944--#2 non-state tournament participant
59. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 1988--#20 non-winner
60. Litchfield 2002

Monday, March 21, 2016

National Players of the Year

More than 1X national player of the year:
Michael Jordan 5 (+2 2nds), George Mikan 5, Bill Walton 5, Wilt Chamberlain 4 (+2 2nds), Lew Alcindor/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 4, Larry Bird 3 (+1), Bob Kurland 3, Shaquille O'Neal 3, Tim Duncan 2 (+2), Kobe Bryant 2 (+1), Magic Johnson 2 (+1), Barney Sedran 2 (+1), Charles "Tarzan" Cooper 2, Dutch Dehnert 2, Leroy "Cowboy" Edwards 2, Hank Luisetti 2, Oscar Robertson 2,  John Schommer 2, David Thompson 2, Ed Wachter 2, LeBron James 2, Johnny Beckman 1 (+3), Benny Borgman 1 (+2), Harry Fisher 1 (+1), Lisa Leslie 1 (+1), Nat Holman 1 (+1), Bobby McDermott 1 (+1), Bob Pettit 1 (+1), Ralph Sampson 1 (+1), Chris Steinmetz 1 (+1)

Top 7
C- George Mikan 5
PF- Bill Walton 5
F- Larry Bird 3
G- Michael Jordan 5 + 2
G- Magic Johnson 2 + 1
6th- Kobe Bryant 2 + 1
7th- Barney Sedran 2 + 1

C- Mikan 5
PF- Dutch Dehnert 2
F- Hank Luisetti 2
G- Johnny Beckman 1 + 3
G- Benny Borgmann 1 + 2
6th- Charles "Tarzan" Cooper 2

Modern Era
C- Walton 5
F- Bird 3
G- Jordan 5 + 2
G- Johnson 2 + 1
G- Bryant 2 + 1
6th- Chamberlain 4 + 2

National Players of the Year
1901 G. M. Clark, Yale
1902 William Deering, Minnesota
1903 John Anderson, Bucknell (2nd: Chris Steinmetz, Wisconsin)
1904 Harry Fisher, Columbia
1905 Steinmetz (2nd: Fisher)
1906 George Grebenstein, Dartmouth
1907 John Schommer, U. of Chicago
1908 Charles Keinath, Penn
1909 Schommer

1910 Pat Page, Chicago (2nd: Barney Sedran, CCNY)
1911 Sedran
1912 J.O. Erwin, Clemson
1913 Ed Wachter, Troy Trojans--1st professional winner
1914 Sedran, Utica--pro
1915 Wachter--pro
1916 Windy Levis, Wisconsin (2nd: Johnny Beckman, Patterson)
1917 Ray Bohler, Washington State (2nd: Beckman, Bridgeport)
1918 Joe Schwarzer, Syracuse
1919 Erling Platou, Minnesota

1920 Forrest DeBernardi, Westminster (2nd: Beckman, Nanticoke)
1921 Fuzzy Vandiver, Franklin (IN) HS (2nd: Nat Holman, Germantown)
1922 Beckman and Dutch Dehnert, Original Celtics--pro
1923 Paul Endacott, Kansas (2nd: Benny Borgmann, Patterson Legionaires and Kingston Colonels)
1924 Borgmann--pro
1925 Dehnert
1926 Victor Hanson, Syracuse
1927 Holman, Original Celtics
1928 Joe Lapchick, Original Celtics
1929 John Thompson, Montana State (2nd: Borgmann, Fort Wayne Hoosiers)

1930 Chuck Hyatt, Pittsburgh (2nd: Bud Foster, Wisconsin)
1931 Joe Reiff, Northwestern
1932 John Wooden, Purdue (2nd: Stretch Murphy, Purdue)
1933 Charles "Tarzan" Cooper, New York Rens--pro
1934 Fats Jenkins, New York Rens
1935 Leroy "Cowboy" Edwards, Kentucky
1936 Wooden, Indianapolis All-Americans
1937 Hank Luisetti, Stanford
1938 Luisetti
1939 Cooper and Pop Gates, New York Rens

1940 Edwards, Oshkosh All-Stars
1941 George Glamack, North Carolina
1942 Bob Davies, Seton Hall
1943 Andy Philip, Illinois
1944 George Mikan, DePaul (2nd: Bobby McDermott, Chicago Gears)
1945 Bob Kurland, Oklahoma A&M and Mikan
1946 Kurland
1947 McDermott
1948 Reese "Goose" Tatum, Harlem Globetrotters
1949 Alex Groza, Kentucky (2nd: Mikan, Minneapolis Lakers)

1950 Mikan
1951 Mikan
1952 Kurland, U.S. Olympic Team (2nd: Clyde Lovellette, Kansas)
1953 Mikan
1954 Tom Gola, LaSalle
1955 Bill Russell, U. of San Francisco
1956 Russell (2nd: Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks)
1957 Wilt Chamberlain, Kansas (2nd: Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics)
1958 Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati U.
1959 Pettit

1960 Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors
1961 Jerry Lucas, Ohio State
1962 Chamberlain
1963 Russell, Boston Celtics (2nd: Chamberlain)
1964 Robertson, Cincinnati Royals
1965 Bill Bradley, Princeton
1966 Cazzie Russell, Michigan (2nd: Chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers)
1967 Chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers
1968 LewAlcindor, UCLA
1969 Alcindor

1970 Pete Maravich, Louisiana State
1971 Alcindor, Milwaukee Bucks
1972 Bill Walton, UCLA
1973 Walton
1974 David Thompson, North Carolina State and Walton
1975 Thompson
1976 Scott May, Indiana
1977 Walton, Portland Trailblazers
1978 Walton
1979 Larry Bird, Indiana State

1980 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
1981 Julius Erving, Philadelphia 76ers
1982 Ralph Sampson, Virginia
1983 Moses Malone, Philadelphis 76ers (2nd: Sampson)
1984 Bird, Boston Celtics
1985 Pat Ewing, Georgetown (2nd: Bird)
1986 Bird
1987 Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
1988 Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
1989 M. Johnson

1990 Isaiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons (2nd: M. Johnson)
1991 Jordan
1992 Jordan
1993 Sheryl Swoopes, Texas Tech women (2nd: Jordan, Chicago)
1994 Akeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
1995 David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs
1996 Jordan
1997 Tim Duncan, Wake Forest (2nd: Jordan)
1998 Jordan
1999 Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee women (2nd: Duncan, San Antonio Spurs)

2000 Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers
2001 O'Neal (2nd: Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks)
2002 O'Neal (2nd: Sue Bird, Connecticut)
2003 Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
2004 Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks and U.S. Women's Olympic Team
2005 Steve Nash, Phoenix Sun (2nd: Duncan)
2006 Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat
2007 Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2008 Candace Parker, Tennessee women and Los Angeles Sparks
2009 Tina Charles, U. Connecticut women (2nd: Bryant)

2010 Bryant
2011 Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (2nd: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder)
2012 LeBron James, Miami Heat
2013 James
2014 Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
2015 Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2016 Curry
2017 Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
2018 James Harden, Houston Rockets

Best of the Mid-Majors

The NCAA tournament has eclipsed the MN State High School Basketball Tournament un popularity during my lifetime. Perhaps the best reason for this is that the high school tournament, with 2 and now 4-class play, no longer offers Cinderella stories. The NCAA tournament, meanwhile, provides exactly those kinds of stories and in abundance, as the mid-majors square off against the big bad BCS-type programs.

Here are the best of the mid-majors through the years, mid-major being defined as schools that are mid-majors today.

1900 Yale 9-6 rated #1 in the Premo Poll
1901 Bucknell 12-1 #1P... Yale 10-6 #1H
1902 Allegheny 12-1 #3P
1903 Yale 15-1 #1 in the Helms Foundation ranking
1904 Columbia 17-1 #1H and P
1905 Columbia 19-1 #1 H and P
1906 Wabash 17-1 #1P... Dartmouth 16-2 #1H
1907 Chicago 20-2 #1 H and P
1908 Wabash 24-0 #1P... Chicago 21-2 #1H
1909 Chicago 12-0 #1 H and P

So, during the 1900s 9 of 10 mythical national champions were schools that are today classified as mid-majors. The Ivy League, in particular, was regarded as the toughest conference in America. Yale and Columbia are 2 of 3 schools to win more than 1 title. Chicago, meanwhile, was then part of the Big 10. Bucknell, Allegheny and Wabash to the contrary notwithstanding, the concept of the mid-major isn't particularly meaningful at this time.

1910 Williams 11-0 #1P... Columbia 11-1 #1H
1911 Columbia 13-1 #2P
1912 Allegheny 11-1 #4P... Grove City 13-0 #3P
1913 Navy 9-0 #1H and P
1914 Navy 10-0 #3P... Denison 15-1 #2P
1915 Army 11-2 #2P
1916 Allegheny 10-1 #2P
1917 Wabash 19-2 #3P
1918 Penn 18-2 #4P
1919 Navy 16-0 #1P

The Ivy League still leads with 6 mythical mid-major "titles" but the service academies (Army and Navy) came on wrong with 4 (3 for Navy, 1 for Army). Columbia, Allegheny, Wabash and Navy lead with 3 titles each, Allegheny and Wabash qualify as the top Cinderellas of the period 1900-1920.

1920 Penn 22-1 #1H and P
1921 Penn 21-2 #1H and #2P
1922 Army 17-2 #3P
1923 Army 17-0 #1P
1924 Navy 15-3 #3P
1925 Princeton 23-2 #1 H and P
1926 Columbia 16-2 #1P
1927 Fordham 18-2 #4P
1928 Montana State 36-2 #2P
1929 Montana State 36-2 #1H and P

The Ivy League and service academies are "majors" at this time, winning 9 straight mythical "mid-major" titles. Columbia and Navy lead with 4 each.

1930 Furman 16-1 #9P
1931 Columbia 21-2 #4P
1932 CCNY 16-2 #5P
1933 Princeton 19-3 #5P
1934 Wyoming 26-3 #1H, #5P... Duquesne 19-2 #3P
1935 NYU 19-1 #1H, #2P... Richmond 20-0 #1P
1936 Long Island U. 25-0 #1 Premo
1937 Long Island U. 28-3 #3 Premo
1938 Temple 23-2 #1H and P, won NIT
1939 Long Island U. 23-0 #1P, won NIT

Eastern basketball and Madison Square Garden emerge with CCNY, NYU, LIU and Temple winning 6 "titles" among them. The Ivy League won in 1931 and 1933 for a total of 12, but will win only 1 more "title" in the coming years.

1940 Duquesne 20-3 #4P, 3rd in NCAA
1941 Long Island U. 25-2 #1P, won NIT
1942 Rice 22-5 #3P
1943 Wyoming 31-2 #2P, won NCAA
1944 Utah 21-4 #2P, won NCAA... Army 15-0 #1P
1945 Rice 20-1 #4P
1946 Rhode Island 21-3 #6P, 3rd in NIT
1947 Holy Cross 27-3 #2P, won NCAA
1948 St. Louis 24-3 #2, 2nd in NCAA
1949 St. Louis 22-4 #3 in final AP poll

Eastern basketball wins 4 "titles," but Western ball is moving up as Rice and St. Louis each win 2 and Utah 1.

1950 CCNY 24-5 Unranked, wins both the NCAA and NIT
1951 Columbia 23-1 #3AP
1952 Duquesne 23-4, #4AP, 4th in NCAA
1953 LaSalle 25-3 #2AP
1954 LaSalle 26-4 #10AP, won NCAA
1955 San Francisco 28-1 #1 AP, won NCAA
1956 San Francisco 29-0
1957 SMU 22-4 #4AP
1958 Temple 27-3 #5AP, 3rd in NCAA
1959 Bradley 25-4 #4 AP, 2nd in NIT

Eastern teams win 5 straight and 6 of 10. Columbia leads all with 6. The heyday of mid-major ball: 5 NCAA titles 1943-1955. 7 through 1966.

1960 Bradley 27-2 #4AP, won NIT
1961 St. Bonaventure 24-4 #3AP... St. Joseph's 25-5 3rd in NCAA
1962 Bowling Green 21-3, #8 AP... Bradley 21-7 #5AP
1963 Chicago Loyola 29-2 #3AP, won NCAA
1964 Wichita State 23-6 #5AP
1965 San Francisco 24-5 #10UPI...Princeton 3rd in NCAA... St. Joseph's #3AP
1966 Texas Western 28-1 #3AP, won NCAA
1967 Houston 27-4 #7AP, 3rd in NCAA... Dayton 2nd in NCAA... Princeton2-3 #5AP
1968 Houston 31-2 #1AP, 4th in NCAA
1969 Drake 26-5 #11AP, 3rd in NCAA... LaSalle 23-1 #2AP

Not much to say for Eastern ball. It's all West with Loyola and Texas Western winning it all, and Houston a powerhouse.

1970 Jacksonville 27-2, #4AP, 2nd in NCAA
1971 Western Kentucky 24-6, #7AP, 3rd NCAA... Penn 28-1 #7AP
1972 Long Beach State 25-4 #5AP... Penn 25-3 #3AP
1973 Memphis State #12AP, 2nd NCAA... Long Beach State 26-3 #3AP
1974 Oral Roberts 23-6 #18AP... Long Beach State 24-2 #10AP
1975 UNLV 24-5 #17AP
1976 UNLV 29-2 #3AP
1977 UNLV 29-3 #4AP, 3rd in NCAA
1978 San Francisco 23-6 #11AP
1979 Indiana State 33-1 #1AP, 2nd NCAA

UNLV 1st ever 3-peat. Larry Bird and Indiana State made a run at the NCAA title in 1979. But overall mid-major ball in decline as indicated by those #12 and #18 and #17 mid-major "champions."

1980 Iona 29-5 #19AP... BYU 24-5 #12AP
1981 Utah 25-5 #14AP
1982 Memphis State 24-5 #9AP... Houston made it to NCAA semis
1983 Houston 31-3 #1AP, 2nd NCAA
1984 Houston 32-5 #5AP, NCAA semis
1985 Memphis State 31-5 #5AP, NCAA semis
1986 UNLV 33-5 #11AP
1987 UNLV 37-2 #1AP, NCAA semis
1988 Temple 32-2 #1AP
1989 UNLV 29-8 #15AP

East gets 1st "titles" since 1961 but UNLV catches Columbia with its 6th and Houston catches San Francisco, Long Island U and Navy with 4.

1990 UNLV 35-5 #2AP, won NCAA
1991 UNLV 34-1 #1AP, NCASA semis
1992 UNLV 26-2 #7AP
1993 Massachusetts 24-7 #14AP
1994 Massachusetts 28-7 #8AP
1995 Massachusetts 29-5 #7AP
1996 Massachusetts 35-2 #1AP, NCAA semis
1997 Utah 29-4 #2AP
1998 Utah 30-4 #7AP, 2nd NCAA
1999 Utah 28-5 #6AP

UMass brings Eastern ball back to the top, matching UNLV's record of 4 straight "titles." UNLV leads Columbia overall 9-6 but Utah moves into 3rd with 5 "titles." The decade of the mega-dynasties as just 3 schools won 11 in a row and 13 of 14.

2000 Tulsa 32-5 #18AP... Temple 32-5 #5AP
2001 St. Joseph's 26-7 #22AP
2002 Gonzaga 29-4 #6AP
2003 Xavier 26-6#12AP
2004 St. Joseph's 30-2 #5AP... Gonzaga 28-3 #3AP
2005 Gonzaga 26-5 #10AP
2006 Memphis 33-4 #4AP
2007 Memphis 33-4 #5AP
2008 Memphis 38-2 #1AP, 2nd in NCAA
2009 Memphis 33-4 #9USAT

Suddenly Memphis is 2nd to UNLV with 7 "titles" and St. Joe's shows again that Eastern ball is not quite dead. Columbia is still 3rd with 6 "titles," Utah has 5, UMass, USF, Houston, LIU and Navy have 4. Allegheny, Wabash, Penn, Army and Temple have 3.

2010 Butler 33-5 #11AP, 2nd in NCAA
2011 Butler 28-10 unranked, 2nd in NCAA
2012 Murray State 31-2 #9Coaches

I thought it interesting that Temple, 1938-1988, goes 51 years. Columbia, 1904-1951, has a spread of 48 years. Utah, 1944-1981, 37 years.

Top coaches are Jerry Tarkanian, Long Beach State (1) and UNLV (9) with 10, and John Calipari (4 each at UMass and Memphis) with 8. Clair Bee (LIU) and Guy Lewis (Houston) have 4 each.

National Team of the Year

More than 1X team of the year
Los Angeles Lakers 6 (+ 2 2nds), Boston Celtics 6, U.S. Men's Olympic Team 5 + 1, UCLA 5 + 1, Connecticut women 4 + 1, Chicago Bulls 4, New York Rens 4, Minnesota 3, Syracuse 3, Wisconsin 2 + 1, U. Chicago 2, Wabash 2, Columbia 2, Penn 2, Original Celtics 2, Pittsburgh 2, Oklahoma A&M 2, U. San Francisco 2, Indiana 2, North Carolina 2, Philadelphia 76ers 2, Connecticut 2, Passaic NJ HS 1 + 1, Kansas 1 + 1, U.S. Women's Olympic Team 1 + 1

Team of the Year
1900 Yale
1901 Purdue
1902 Minnesota
1903 Minnesota
1904 Buffalo Germans
1905 Columbia
1906 Wabash
1907 Chicago
1908 Wabash
1909 Chicago

1910 Columbia
1911 St. John's
1912 Wisconsin
1913 Navy
1914 Utica Utes (2nd: Wisconsin)
1915 Troy Trojans
1916 Wisconsin
1917 Washington State
1918 Syracuse
1919 Minnesota

1920 Penn
1921 Penn
1922 Original Celtics (2nd: Passaic NJ HS)
1923 Kansas
1924 Passaic NJ HS
1925 Princeton
1926 Syracuse
1927 Original Celtics
1928 Pittsburgh
1929 Cleveland Rosenblums (2nd: Montana State)

1930 Pittsburgh
1931 New York Rens
1932 Purdue
1933 New York Rens
1934 New York Rens
1935 NYU
1936 U.S. Olympic Team
1937 Stanford
1938 Temple
1939 New York Rens

1940 Harlem Globetrotters
1941 Long Island U.
1942 Stanford
1943 Illinois (2nd: Wyoming)
1944 Army
1945 Oklahoma A&M
1946 Oklahoma A&M
1947 Chicago Gears
1948 U.S. Olympic Team
1949 Kentucky

1950 CCNY
1951 Rochester Royals
1952 U.S. Olympic Team (2nd: Kansas)
1953 Minneapolis Lakers
1954 Milan IN HS
1955 U. San Francisco
1956 U. San Francisco
1957 North Carolina
1958 St. Louis Hawks
1959 Boston Celtics

1960 Ohio State (2nd: U.S. Olympic Team)
1961 Boston Celtics
1962 Boston Celtics
1963 Chicago Loyola
1964 UCLA
1965 Boston Celtics
1966 Texas Western
1967 UCLA (2nd: Philadelphia 76ers)
1968 UCLA
1969 UCLA

1970 New York Knicks
1971 Milwaukee Bucks
1972 Los Angeles Lakers
1973 UCLA
1974 North Carolina State
1975 Indiana (2nd: UCLA)
1976 Indiana
1977 Portland Trailblazers
1978 UCLA women
1979 Michigan State

1980 Los Angeles Lakers
1981 Boston Celtics
1982 North Carolina
1983 Philadelphia 76ers
1984 Georgetown
1985 Villanova (2nd: Los Angeles Lakers)
1986 Boston Celtics
1987 Los Angeles Lakers
1988 Los Angeles Lakers
1989 Detroit Pistons

1990 Stanford women (2nd: UNLV)
1991 Chicago Bulls (2nd: Duke)
1992 Dream Team U.S. Olympic Team
1993 Chicago Bulls
1994 Arkansas
1995 Connecticut women
1996 Chicago Bulls
1997 Tennessee women
1998 Chicago Bulls
1999 Connecticut

2000 Los Angeles Lakers (2nd: Connecticut women)
2001 Los Angeles Lakers
2002 Connecticut women
2003 Syracuse (2nd: San Antonio Spurs)
2004 Connecticut men and women (2nd: U.S. Women's Olympic Team)
2005 San Antonio Spurs
2006 Miami Heat
2007 Florida
2008 U.S. Men's and Women's Olympic Teams
2009 Connecticut women

2010 U.S. National Team (Worlds)
2011 Dallas Mavericks
2012 Baylor women
2013 Miami Heat
2014 Connecticut women 40-0
2015 Golden State Warriors
2016 Cleveland Cavaliers
2017 South Carolina women 33-4
2018 Villanova men 36-4

National Coach of the Year

More than 1 Coach of the Year award:

John Wooden 5 + 2, Geno Auriemma 4 + 2, Mike Krzyzewski 3 + 1, Louis J. Cooke, Phog Allen 3 Phil Jackson 2 + 2, Doc Meanwell, Red Auerbach, Rick Pitino 2 + 1, Joe Raycroft, Howard Cann, Clair Bee, Al McGuire, Dean Smith, Jim Calhoun, Pat Summitt 2, Paul Popovic 2, Ernest Blood, George Keogan, Ed Jucker, Red Holzman, Billy Donovan 1 + 1

1900 James A. Naismith, Kansas
1901 Amos Alonzo Stagg, Chicago
1902 Louis J. Cooke, Minnesota
1903 Cooke
1905 Emmet Angel, Wisconsin
1907 Joe Raycroft, Chicago
1908 Raycroft
1909 Phog Allen, Kansas

1910 Harry Fisher, Columbia
1911 Claude Raymond, St. John's
1912 Doc Meanwell, Wisconsin
1913 Louis Wenzell, Navy
1914 Meanwell
1915 Ralph Jones, Illinois
1916 Lew Wachter, Troy--1st pro coach of the year (2nd: Meanwell)
1917 Doc Bohler, Washington State
1918 Edmund Dolland, Syracuse
1919 Cooke

1920 Griz Wagner, Franklin IN HS (2nd: Howard Cann, NYU)
1921 Ed McNichol, Penn
1922 Jim Furey, Original Celtics (2nd: Ernest Blood, PassaicNJ HS)
1923 Allen
1924 Blood
1925 Al Wittmer, Princeton
1926 Lew Andreas, Syracuse
1927 Abe Saperstein, Harlem Globetrotters (2nd: George Keogan, Notre Dame)
1928 Doc Carlson, Pittsburgh
1929 Nat Holman, CCNY

1930 Buck Freeman, St. John's
1931 Dutch Lonborg, Northwestern
1932 Piggy Lambert, Purdue
1933 Robert Douglas, New York Rens
1934 Ned Irish, Madison Square Garden promoter
1935 Cann
1936 Clair Bee, Long Island U. (2nd: Keogan)
1937 John Bunn, Stanford
1938 James Usilton, Temple
1939 Bee (2nd: Harold Olson, Ohio State(

1940 Honey Russell, Seton Hall
1941 Dutch Dehnert, Detroit Eagles
1942 Everett Dean, Stanford
1943 Erv Shelton, Wyoming
1944 Joe Lapchick, St. John's
1945 Frank Keaney, Rhode Island State
1946 Hank Iba, Oklahoma A&M
1947 Bob Davies, Seton Hall
1948 Eddie Gottlieb, Philadelphia Warriors
1949 Adolph Rupp, Kentucky

1950 Nat Holman, CCNY
1951 Lou Rossini, Columbia
1952 Allen
1953 Branch McCracken, Indiana (2nd: John Kundla, Minneapolis Lakers)
1954 Ken Loeffler, LaSalle
1955 Phil Woolpert, San Francisco
1956 Bucky O'Connor, Iowa
1957 Frank McGuire, North Carolina
1958 Harry Litwack, Temple
1959 Pete Newell,  California

1960 Fred Taylor, Ohio State
1961 Ed Jucker, Cincinnati
1962 Red Auerbach, Boston Celtics (2nd: Jucker)
1963 George Ireland, Chicago Loyola
1964 John Wooden, UCLA (2nd: Auerbach)
1965 Auerbach
1966 Don Haskins, Texas Western
1967 Wooden (2nd: Alex Hannum, Philadelphia 76ers)
1968 Bill Russell, Boston Celtics (2nd: Wooden)
1969 Maury John, Drake

1970 Red Holzman, New York Knicks (2nd: Wooden)
1971 Al McGuire, Marquette
1972 Wooden
1973 Wooden (2nd: Holzman)
1974 Norm Sloan, North Carolina State
1975 Wooden
1976 Bobby Knight, Indiana
1977 A. McGuire
1978 Dick Motta, Washington Bullets
1979 Ray Meyer, DePaul

1980 Denny Crum, Louisville
1981 Bill Fitch, Boston Celtics
1982 Dean Smith, North Carolina
1983 Jim Valvano, North Carolina State (2nd: Billy Cunningham, Philadelphia 76ers)
1984 John Thompson, Georgtown
1985 Rollie Massimino, Villanova
1986 Mike Kyzyzewski, Duke
1987 Rick Pitino, Providence (2nd: Pat Riley, Los Angeles Lakers)
1988 Riley
1989 Tara VanDerveer, Stanford women (2nd: Chuck Daly, Detroit Pistons)

1990 Daly
1991 Kryzyzewski
1992 Kyrzyzewski
1993 D. Smith (2nd: Phil Jackson, Chicago Bulls)
1994 Nolan Richardson, Arkansas
1995 Geno Auriemma, Connecticut women (2nd: Rudy Tomjanovich, Houston RocketS)
1996 Jackson (2nd: Pitino, Kentucky)
1997 Pat Summit, Tennessee women (2nd: Jackson)
1998 Larry Bird, Indiana Pacers
1999 Jim Calhoun, Connecticut

2000 Tom Izzo, Michigan State (2nd: Auriemma)
2001 Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers (2nd: Krzyzewski)
2002 Auriemma
2003 Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
2004 Auriemma and Calhoun
2005 Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs (2nd: Auriemma)
2006 Riley, Miami Heat (2nd: Billy Donovan, Florida)
2007 Donovan (2nd: Summitt)
2008 Summit
2009 Auriemma (2nd: Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers)

2010 Brad Stevens, Butler
2011 Gary Blair, Texas A&M women
2012 Kim Mulkey, Baylor women
2013 Pitino, Louisville
2014 Popovich
2015 John Calipari, Kentucky
2016 Jay Wright, Villanova
2017 Dawn Staley, South Carolina women
2018 Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame women