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Leonard D. Sachs

Leonard Sachs’s secret to winning was to take a team with average talent and mold it into a cohesive unit that could perfect a particular brand of basketball. A well-rounded athlete, Sachs earned eleven varsity letters in high school, played professional football, and then applied his athletic training to coaching. He led Loyola University from 1923 to 1942. In 19 seasons, Sachs compiled an impressive record, including a 31-game winning streak from 1928 to 1930. Sachs, who was a strong advocate of big man basketball, developed a fast-breaking offense and a stingy 2-2-1 zone defense that enabled the bigger players to goaltend. This technique, although effective, was eventually prohibited prior to the 1937-38 season. While at Loyola, in 1923, Sachs was instrumental in organizing and hosting the National Catholic Interscholastic Tournament, the parochial version of the University of Chicago’s annual tournament for public high schools.

Enshrined 1961
Born August 07, 1897 Chicago, IL
Died October 27, 1942
College Loyola of Chicago
Career Stats
1 AAU CHAMPIONSHIP
ILLINOIS ATHLETIC CLUB
1917
19 SEASONS AS COACH
OF LOYOLA UNIVERSITY
2/2/01 ZONE OFFENSE
DEVELOPED BY SACHS
NFL PLAYED
PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL
CHICAGO CARDINALS
11 VARSITY LETTERS
EARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL
31 CONSECUTIVE GAMES WON
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY
1928-1930