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Louis G. Wilke

Although Louis Wilke promoted amateur basketball for more than three decades in both the United States 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 AAU national 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.

Enshrined

1983

Born

October 10, 1896 Chicago, IL

Died

February 28, 1962

Contributor Stats

7 TERMS SERVED AS CHAIRMAN
AAU BASKETBALL
COMMITTEE
1948 CHAIRMAN AND TEAM MANAGER
OLYMPIC BASKETBALL
COMMITTEE
SERVED EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER
U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
1962-68 VICE-CHAIRMAN, PAN AMERICAN
FEDERATION AND FIBA RULES
COMMITTEE
98-8 COACHING RECORD FROM 1929-31
AAU PHILLIPS 66ers
PRESIDENT ROCKY MOUNTAIN AND
OKLAHOMA AAU
CHAPTERS