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Arthur C. "Dutch" Lonborg

Dutch Lonborg first trained for his legendary career as a basketball coach and administrator by playing guard for the father of basketball coaching, Phog Allen, at the University of Kansas. He was a fine player earning First Team All-America honors from the Helms Foundation in 1919. Coaching collegiately for 29 years at McPherson College, Washburn University, and Northwestern University, his greatest success was at Northwestern, where in 23 years he won 237 games and made the Wildcats a force in the Big Ten. After coaching, Lonborg became athletics director at Kansas for 14 years and went on to be active in all facets of basketball administration. As chairman of the NCAA Tournament Committee, the tournament grew from an eight-team to a 25-team format. Lonborg also served as president of the NABC in 1935 and managed the U.S. Olympic basketball team in 1960 that won the world title in Rome.

Enshrined

1973

Born

March 16, 1898 Gardner, IL

Died

January 31, 1985

College

McPherson Northwestern Washburn

Career Stats

1 AAU NATIONAL TITLE
WASHBURN, 1925
1 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP
NORTHWESTERN, 1931
1947-60 CHAIRMAN
NCAA TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE
1960 U.S. OLYMPIC
TEAM MANAGER
1935 PRESIDENT, NABC
29 YEARS COACHING
AT COLLEGE LEVEL