Duane Klueh

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Duane Klueh
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1926-01-06) January 6, 1926 (age 88)
Bottineau, North Dakota
Playing career
1946–1949
1949–1950
1950–1951
Indiana State
Denver Nuggets
Fort Wayne Pistons
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1955–1967 Indiana State
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Indiana Collegiate Conference, 1965, 1966, 1967
Awards
1948 -- Player of the Year, Helms Foundation
1948 -- All-American, Helms Foundation
1948 -- Chuck Taylor Most Valuable Player Award
4x Coach of the Year, Indiana Collegiate Conference, 1959, 1963, 1966, 1967

Duane M. Klueh (born January 6, 1926) is a retired American basketball player and coach. Born in Bottineau, North Dakota, he currently lives in Terre Haute, Indiana and was the head men's basketball coach at Indiana State University for 12 seasons (1955–1967). Klueh played professionally in the NBA from 1949 to 1951.

Basketball career[edit]

He had a spectacular playing career; being selected 'All-American' by the Helms Foundation as well as winning the Chuck Taylor Most Valuable Player Award in the 1948 NAIA tournament.

Klueh was the 71st pick overall, taken second in the eighth round of the 1949 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, and he was also taken first in the same round of the same draft (70th pick overall) by the Indianapolis Jets . He never played for the Celtics and the Jets, but was a member of the Denver Nuggets and Fort Wayne Pistons; averaging over 8 pts during his brief (2-yr) career.

He is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame,[1] the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame[2] the NAIA Hall of Fame and was a charter inductee to the Indiana State University Hall of Fame in 1982.

His #54 is only one of two numbers retired by Indiana State University.[3]

He held the career scoring record when he graduated in 1948 and is still in the Top Ten in total points (# 7; 1,432 points) and scoring average (# 10; 15.7 ppg).

Tennis career[edit]

In addition to his success on the collegiate hardwood, Klueh also enjoyed a standout career on the tennis courts, winning the 1948 Little States Singles Championship in Indiana.

He returned to ISU following his professional basketball career and assumed the role of head tennis coach, leading the Sycamores to a school-record 278 wins during two coaching tenures totaling over 26 seasons. ISU’s on-campus tennis complex, constructed in 1996, bears his name.[4]

Basketball head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Indiana State University (Indiana Collegiate Conference) (1955–1967)
1955–56 Indiana State 8-16 2-10
1956–57 Indiana State 12-13 2-10
1957–58 Indiana State 11-14 2-10
1958–59 Indiana State 17-10 9-3 1st NAIA 2nd round
1959–60 Indiana State 7-13 4-8
1960–61 Indiana State 17-9 9-3 1st
1961–62 Indiana State 19-11 7-5 NAIA 2nd round
1962–63 Indiana State 18-7 8-4 1st NAIA 2nd round
1963–64 Indiana State 17-8 6-6
1964–65 Indiana State 13-10 7-5 1st
1965–66 Indiana State 22-6 9-3 1st NCAA Div II 1st round
1966–67 Indiana State 21-5 10-1 1st NCAA Div II 2nd round
Indiana State: 182-122 (.602)
Total: 182-122 (.602)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • [1] @ basketballreference.com
  • [2] @ hoopshall.com
  • [3] @ gosycamores.com