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W. Harold Anderson

Enshrined 1985
Akron, OH
September 11, 1902 - June 13, 1967

Biography

One of the first coaches in college basketball to record 500 victories, game after game the superstitious Harold Anderson wore the same suit when his team was on a winning streak. But despite his idiosyncrasies, Anderson cemented a national reputation for producing consistent teams that played hard, clean, and fair basketball. He pioneered the run and gun, up-tempo style of play, a brand of basketball that developed a host of All-America athletes, the most prominent being Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond. Anderson coached in six NIT and three NCAA tournaments and was the first coach in history to take two different teams (Toledo, Bowling Green University) to the NIT. As an officer and president of the NABC, Anderson was instrumental in forging the East-West All-Star Game.

Career Highlights

NIT third place finish with Toledo, 1942
Led Bowling Green to six NIT and three NCAA tournament berths
First coach to take two different schools to the NIT
President, NABC, 1962-63