January 6, 1926 |
Bottineau, North Dakota
Fort Wayne Pistons
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Indiana Collegiate Conference, 1965, 1966, 1967
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.
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, the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame 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.
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).
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.
Basketball head coaching record
|Indiana State University (Indiana Collegiate Conference) (1955–1967)|
|1958–59||Indiana State||17-10||9-3||1st||NAIA 2nd round|
|1961–62||Indiana State||19-11||7-5||NAIA 2nd round|
|1962–63||Indiana State||18-7||8-4||1st||NAIA 2nd round|
|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)|