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Jun242009

Bruce Drake

Enshrined 1973
Gentry, TX
December 5, 1905 - December 4, 1983

Biography

As coach of the University of Oklahoma for seventeen seasons (1938-55), the masterful Bruce Drake led OU to six Big Six titles. Drake's teams employed clever passing and a ball-control weaving offense known as the Drake shuffle. With a team referred to as the "Roundball Runts," Drake always led his undersized Sooners to winning seasons. Five of his players became Olympians, three others All-Americas. Drake led Oklahoma to three NCAA appearances and his 1947 team lost to Bob Cousy's Holy Cross in the NCAA Finals. Drake conducted basketball clinics all over the world, was a leading proponent of goaltending, and chaired the NCAA Rules Committee for five years.

Career Highlights

Led Oklahoma to three NCAA tournaments, 1939, 1943, 1947
Led Oklahoma to six conference championships
Chairman, NCAA Rules Committee, 1951-55
Assistant coach, U.S. Olympic Gold Medal team, 1956