Harold Olsen

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Harold Olsen
Sport(s) Basketball, Baseball, Football
Biographical details
Born (1895-05-12)May 12, 1895
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Died October 29, 1953(1953-10-29) (aged 58)
Playing career
1914–1917 Wisconsin
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1918–1919
1919–1922
1922–1946
1946–1949
1950–1952
Bradley
Ripon
Ohio State
Chicago Stags (NBA)
Northwestern
Head coaching record
Overall College: 311–241 (.563)
Professional: 95-63 (.601)
Tournaments 6–4(.600)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Big Ten Championship (1925, 1933, 1939, 1944, 1946)
NCAA Runner-up (1939)
NCAA Final Four (1944, 1945, 1946)
1947 BAA Runner-up
Awards
1917 Helms Foundation All-American
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1959 (profile)
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Harold G. Olsen (May 12, 1895 – October 29, 1953) was a college men's basketball coach. The Rice Lake, Wisconsin native was the head coach of the Ohio State University from 1922 to 1946. That year he became the first head coach of the BAA's Chicago Stags, where he coached almost three seasons before being replaced by Philip Brownstein. Olsen also coached at Northwestern University (1950–1952).

While playing at University of Wisconsin–Madison (1914–17), Olsen was named two-time All-Big Ten. After graduating from Wisconsin, he began his coaching career at Bradley University and Ripon College. In 1922 Olsen followed George Trautman as head coach of the Ohio State University. In 24 years he guided the Buckeyes to a 259–197 record, as well as five Big Ten championships (1925, 1933, 1939, 1944, 1946). In 1939, Olsen spearheaded efforts to create the NCAA postseason national playoffs, now known as the NCAA Tournament. Olsen also helped initiate the 10-second rule. In 1959 he was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor.

Head coaching record[edit]

College basketball[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Bradley Braves (NCAA Independent) (1918–1919)
1918–1919 Bradley 6-9
Bradley: 6–9 (.400)
Ripon Red Hawks (NCAA Independent) (1919–1922)
1919–1920 Ripon 11-2
1920–1921 Ripon 9-3
1921–1922 Ripon 7-5
Ripon: 27–10 (.730)
Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten Conference) (1922–1946)
1922–1923 Ohio State 4-11 1-11 T-9th
1923–1924 Ohio State 12–5 7–5 4th
1924–1925 Ohio State 14-2 11-1 1st
1925–1926 Ohio State 10-7 6-6 5th
1926–1927 Ohio State 11-6 6-6 7th
1927–1928 Ohio State 5-12 3-9 T-7th
1928–1929 Ohio State 9-8 6-6 T–5th
1929–1930 Ohio State 9-15 1-9 9th
1930–1931 Ohio State 4-13 3-9 9th
1931–1932 Ohio State 9-9 5-7 6th
1932–1933 Ohio State 17–3 10–2 T–1st
1933–1934 Ohio State 8–12 4–8 T–8th
1934–1935 Ohio State 12-7 8-4 T–4th
1935–1936 Ohio State 12–8 5-7 T–6th
1936–1937 Ohio State 13-7 7-5 5th
1937–1938 Ohio State 12-8 7-5 T–3rd
1938–1939 Ohio State 16-7 10–2 1st NCAA Runner-up
1939–1940 Ohio State 13-7 8–4 3rd
1940–1941 Ohio State 10-10 7-5 T-3rd
1941–1942 Ohio State 6-14 4-11 9th
1942–1943 Ohio State 8-9 5-7 T-6th
1943–1944 Ohio State 14-7 10–2 1st NCAA Final Four
1944–1945 Ohio State 15-5 10–2 2nd NCAA Final Four
1945–1946 Ohio State 16-5 10–2 1st NCAA Final Four
Ohio State: 259–197 (.568) 154–135 (.533)
Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten Conference) (1950–1952)
1950–1951 Northwestern 12-10 7-7 T–4th
1951–1952 Northwestern 7-15 4-10 T-8th
Northwestern: 19–25 (.432) 11–17(.393)
Total: 311–241(.563)

      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

Professional basketball[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
CHS 1946–47 61 39 22 .639 1st in Western 11 5 6 .455 Lost in BAA Finals
CHS 1947–48 48 28 20 .583 3rd in Western 5 2 3 .400 Lost in BAA Semifinals
CHS 1948–49 49 28 21 .571 3rd in Western 2 0 2 .000 Lost in BAA Div. Semifinals
Career 158 95 63 .601 18 7 11 .389

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