Kenneth D. "Ken" Loeffler

Enshrined 1964
Beaver Falls, PA
April 14, 1902 - January 1, 1975


A stickler for team play, Ken Loeffler's colorful coaching persona included an affinity for bow ties and poetry and a 20-year career packed with achievement. Loeffler, who coached at Geneva College, Yale, Texas A&M, and in the Basketball Association of America with the Providence Steamrollers and the St. Louis Bombers, achieved his greatest success at La Salle University in Philadelphia. His Figure-8 motion offense led La Salle to six straight 20-win seasons. Behind Hall of Famer Tom Gola, the Explorers had a four-year stretch (1952 to 1955) where they dominated college basketball. Loeffler also authored one of the most comprehensive books ever written on basketball, Ken Loeffler on Basketball.

Career Highlights

Led St. Louis to BAA's Western Division championship, 1948
NIT championship with La Salle College, 1952
NCAA Championship with La Salle College, 1954
East All-Star coach, College All-Star Game, 1955