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Clarence E. Gaines

Enshrined 1982
Paducah, KY
May 21, 1923 - April 18, 2005

Biography

College basketball may never find a more caring, sensitive, and dedicated coach than Clarence "Big House" Gaines. Gaines' teams were up-tempo, fast-breaking units that relied heavily on speed and athleticism to overwhelm opponents. A pioneer of African-American integration in intercollegiate athletics, Gaines changed basketball forever. Gaines' 1967 squad, led by Hall of Famer Earl "The Pearl" Monroe compiled a 31-1 record, and became the first predominantly black school to win a NCAA College Division Championship, thus becoming the first to win a NCAA Title. For his efforts, Gaines was named the NCAA College Division Coach-of-the-Year. In 1993, Gaines retired after 47 years of coaching at Winston-Salem State University with a 828-447 record which, at the time was the second most number of wins in NCAA history.

Career Highlights

Won Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships twelve times
CIAA Coach of the Year, 1961, 1963, 1970, 1975, 1980
NCAA College Division Championship with Winston Salem State, 1967
NCAA College Division Coach of the Year, 1967