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Paul D. "Tony" Hinkle

Enshrined 1965
Logansport, IN
December 19, 1899 - September 22, 1992

Biography

Paul Hinkle, dubbed the "Dean of Indiana College Basketball Coaches," coached three different sports at Butler College. Under Hinkle, Butler's football, basketball, and baseball teams won more than 1,000 games, however everyone knew that Tony's forte was basketball. Hinkle sat on the bench at Butler for 41 seasons during which time his teams were fearless and developed a reputation as "giant killers." In 1929, Hinkle enjoyed his greatest coaching moment when the game score went to 17-2 and the Butler team was declared national champions. Hinkle's legend is remembered at Butler with the historic Tony Hinkle Memorial Fieldhouse, the longtime site of Indiana's state high school championships, and the arena used for the movie Hoosiers.

Career Highlights

Helms Athletic Foundation Championship with Butler, 1924, 1929
President, NABC, 1954-55
Chairman, Rules Committee of the National Basketball Committee of U.S. and Canada
Coached the Great Lakes Navy teams during World War II