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Louis G. Wilke

Enshrined 1983
Chicago, IL
October 10, 1896 - February 28, 1962

Biography

Although Louis Wilke promoted amateur basketball for more than three decades in both the U.S. and around the world, Wilke knew basketball from the ground up. After a successful coaching stint at the high school level, in 1928 Wilke returned to Phillips University where his team defeated the Kansas City Cooks Paint team, the eventual National AAU Champion. He also coached the AAU Phillips 66ers between 1929-31 to a 98-8 record. Wilke served as president of the Rocky Mountain and Oklahoma AAU chapters and was the chairman of the AAU Basketball Committee. Because of his knowledge and professionalism, Wilke was given the task of mediating the 1961 controversy between the NCAA and AAU that would determine which group should represent the United States in international competition. His unique blend of administrative, organizational, and leadership skills, and his single-minded dedication to basketball, made Wilke one of basketball's great promoters.

Career Highlights

Chairman, AAU Basketball Committee, seven terms
Chairman and team manager, Olympic Basketball Committee, 1948
Executive board member, U.S. Olympic Committee, 1956, 1960
Vice-chairman, Pan American Federation and FIBA Rules Committee, 1962