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Arthur A. Schabinger

Enshrined 1961
Sabetha, KS
August 6, 1889 - October 13, 1972

Biography

As a college basketball coach Arthur Schabinger won nearly 80 percent of his games, but his impact on basketball extended well past the hardwood. Schabinger's 20 collegiate seasons included stops at Ottawa (KS) University, Emporia Teachers College, and Creighton. As coach of Creighton University, "Schabie" challenged his team by setting up intersectional games against the Midwest's toughest teams -- a new practice at the time. A leading advocate in the formation of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Schabinger fought for the 10-second rule when opponents "froze" the ball. He helped conduct tryouts for the first Olympic team in 1936, was a salesman of early basketballs, and even officiated football, basketball, and baseball games across the region. President of the NABC in 1932, the tireless Schabinger also served on the NABC Rules Committee and the Amateur Athletic Union Basketball Committee.

Career Highlights

Officiated in the Missouri Valley Conference, Big 8, Kansas and Missouri Conferences, and the national AAU championships
One of the founders of the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Author of the NABC's Constitution and By-Laws, and designer of its emblem
Promoted the adoption of the last-built, molded basketball by colleges