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Walter E. Meanwell

Flamboyant, aggressive, and demanding, the 5-foot-6-inch Walter Meanwell did not just have one nickname, he had five: Doc, Little Doctor, Napoleon of Basketball, The Little Giant, and The Wizard. Meanwell, who doubled as a physician, took a helter-skelter sport, and with tactical maneuvers and precise coaching, turned basketball into an orderly game. His teams featured short passing, crisscross dribbles, and a tight zone defense. In 1912, as the first-ever coach at the University of Wisconsin, Meanwell implemented these innovations and in his first three seasons, the Badgers won 44 of 45 games including going undefeated twice. In 20 seasons, the Badgers won over 70 percent of all games. Meanwell left Wisconsin briefly for two seasons to coach at Missouri where his teams recorded identical back-to-back 17-1 seasons. In 1934, Meanwell retired to Madison, Wisconsin, to practice medicine.

Enshrined 1959
Born January 26, 1884 Leeds, GB
Died December 02, 1953
College Missouri Wisconsin
Career Stats
5' 6" HEIGHT
8 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
SERVED CHARTER MEMBER
NATIONAL BASKETBALL
COACHES ASSOCIATION
1912 BECAME FIRST EVER
COACH AT
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
AUTHORED THE SCIENCE OF BASKETBALL
1924
70 PERCENT OF GAMES WON
IN 3 SEASONS AT
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN