College coach infobox
Name = Adolph Frederick Rupp
Caption = Adolph Rupp
DateOfBirth = birth date|1901|09|02
Birthplace = flagicon|United States
DateOfDeath = death date and age|1977|12|10|1901|9|2
Deathplace = flagicon|United States
University of Kentucky
OverallRecord = 876-190, 3rd most wins all-time;
82.2% winning percentage, 2nd all-time
Awards = National Coach of the Year
Basketball Hall of Fame(1969)
Championships = NCAA Championship
(1948, 1949, 1951, 1958)
Player = Player
Years = 1919-1923
Team = Kansas
Coach = Head Coach
CoachYears = 1930-1972
CoachTeams = Kentucky
CBBallHOF = 2007
Adolph Frederick Rupp (
September 2, 1901– December 10, 1977) was one of the most successful coaches in the history of American college basketball. Rupp ranks third (behind Bobby Knightand Dean Smith), in total victories by a men's NCAA Division I college coach, winning 876 games in 41 years of coaching. He set a remarkable standard of excellence at Kentucky that exists to this day. Rupp is also second among all coaches in all-time winning percentage (.822), trailing only Clair Bee. Adolph F. Rupp was enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fameon April 13, 1969.
Rupp was born outside Halstead,
Kansasto MennoniteGerman immigrants, the fourth of six children. He grew up on a convert|173|acre|km2|sing=on farm which his father (Heinrich) homesteaded. After his father's death in 1910, Rupp's oldest brother Otto took over farming responsibilities. As a youngster, Rupp worked on the farm and attended a school in a one-room school house in the country. He first became interested in the sport of basketball at the age of six years old when Halstead won the first of two consecutive Kansas state high school titles. According to interviews, he and his brothers stuffed rags into a gunnysack which his mother sewed up to use as a basketball on the family farm. Later, after growing to a sturdy 6-foot-2, Rupp was a star on his Halstead high school team, averaging over 19 points a game in both his junior and senior years. Rupp also served as team captain and unofficial coach.
After high school, Rupp attended the
University of Kansasfrom 1919-1923. 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 Dr. 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, who Rupp also got to know well during his time in Lawrence.
In Rupp's junior and senior college seasons (1921-22 and 1922-23), Kansas (KU) had outstanding basketball squads. Later, both of these standout Kansas (KU) teams would be awarded the Helms National Championship, recognizing the Jayhawks as the top team in the nation during those seasons.
University of Kentucky
Rupp coached the University of Kentucky men's basketball team from 1930 to 1972. At Kentucky, he earned the titles "Baron of the Bluegrass" and "The Man in the Brown Suit" (Rupp always wore a brown suit to games). Rupp was a master of motivation and strategy, often using local talent to build his teams. In fact, throughout his career, more than 80% of Rupp's players came from the state of Kentucky. He promoted a sticky man-to-man defense, a fluid set offense, perfect individual fundamentals, and a relentless fast break that battered opponents into defeat. Rupp demanded 100% effort from his players at all times, pushing them to great levels of success.
His Wildcat teams won 4 NCAA championships (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958), one NIT title in 1946 (when the NIT was a tournament equal in prestige to the
NCAA tournament), appeared in 20 NCAA tournaments, had 6 NCAA Final Fourappearances, won 5 Sugar Bowltournament championships, captured 27 Southeastern Conferenceregular season titles, and won 13 Southeastern Conferencetournaments. Rupp's Kentucky teams also finished ranked #1 on 6 occasions in the final Associated Presscollege basketball poll and 4 times in the United Press International(Coaches) poll. In addition, Rupp's legendary 1966 Kentucky squad (nicknamed "Rupp's Runts") finished second in the NCAA tournament, and his powerful 1947 Wildcats finished second in the NIT. Further, his 1933 and 1954 Kentucky squads were awarded the Helms National Championship.
Rupp was forced into retirement in March of 1972 after reaching the age of 70, which at the time was the mandatory retirement age for all University of Kentucky employees. He was a 4-time National Coach-of-the-Year award winner.
*The team did not play in the 1952-53 season because of involvement in a point shaving scandal.cite web
title=Explosion: 1951 Scandals Threaten College Hoops]
Rupp died at age 76 in
Lexington, Kentuckyon December 10, 1977, on a night that Kentucky defeated his alma mater, Kansas, at Allen Fieldhousein Lawrence, Kansas. Coincidentally, the game that night was promoted as "Adolph Rupp Night," in honor of Rupp. He is buried at the Lexington Cemeteryin Lexington, Kentucky.
* [http://www.hoophall.com/halloffamers/Rupp.htm Basketball Hall of Fame]
* [http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/rupp.html History and Discussion of Rupp's racial views]
* [http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/Statistics/Coaches/Adolph_Rupp.html Adolph Rupp's UK Coaching Record by season]
* [http://www.ncaa.org/stats/m_basketball/coaching/all_d1_coaching_records.pdf NCAA coaching stats]
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