Hugh Greer

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Hugh S. Greer
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born 1902
Suffield, Connecticut, USA
Died January 14, 1963(1963-01-14)
Storrs, Connecticut, USA
Playing career
1926 Connecticut
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1947–1963 Connecticut
Head coaching record
Overall 286–112[1]

Hugh Greer (1902–January 14, 1963) was the UConn Huskies men's basketball coach from 1946 to 1963.

Biography[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Suffield, Connecticut, Hugh Greer went to school at Connecticut Agricultural College (now University of Connecticut). As a basketball player at CAC, Greer helped lead his school to a New England Conference championship in 1926.

Coaching career[edit]

Hugh Greer coached basketball at Connecticut from 1947 to 1963.[1] As coach of the Huskies he led UConn to 7 NCAA Tournaments and 1 NIT berth. He would end his career with a record of 286–112 for a .719 win percentage. He was the winningest coach in Connecticut history until Jim Calhoun passed him in 1998. As head coach, he won 12 Yankee Conference Championships overall and 10 consecutively from the 1950–51 season to the 1959–60 season.

In 1954, he famously led UConn to a 78–77 victory against undefeated Holy Cross breaking the Crusaders' 47-game home winning streak. Eventually, Holy Cross won the NIT title. In 1956, Greer led UConn to the Sweet 16, where they lost in a close game to Temple. He led UConn until he died on January 14, 1963, of a massive heart attack. Assistant George Wigton finished out the season. UConn credits the first 10 games of the season to Greer and the rest of the season (including the NCAA Tournament) to Wigton

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Connecticut Huskies (Yankee Conference) (1946–1963)
1946–47 Connecticut 12-0 2nd
1947–48 Connecticut 17-6 6-1 1st
1948–49 Connecticut 19-6 7-1 1st
1949–50 Connecticut 17-8 5-2 2nd
1950–51 Connecticut 22-4 6-1 1st
1951–52 Connecticut 20-7 6-1 1st
1952–53 Connecticut 17-4 5-1 1st
1953–54 Connecticut 22-3 7-0 1st NCAA First Round
1954–55 Connecticut 20-5 7-0 1st
1955–56 Connecticut 17-11 6-1 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1956–57 Connecticut 17-8 8-0 1st NCAA First Round
1957–58 Connecticut 17-10 9-1 1st NCAA First Round
1958–59 Connecticut 17-7 8-2 1st NCAA First Round
1959–60 Connecticut 17-9 8-2 1st NCAA First Round
1960–61 Connecticut 11-13 6-4 3rd
1961–62 Connecticut 16-8 7-3 2nd
1962–63 Connecticut 11-5 8-2 1st
1963–64 Connecticut 7-3
Connecticut: 286–112 (.719) 109–22 (.832)
Total: 286–112 (.719)

      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

Awards[edit]

  • 1957: University of Connecticut Distinguished Alumni Award[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rhoden, William C. (1986-01-17). "UConn Sees Some Gains". New York Times. "Under Hugh Greer, who coached from 1947 until he died during the 1963 season, the Huskies went 286–112, a .718 winning percentage..." 
  2. ^ http://www.uconnalumni.com/alumni_awards/distinguished_alumni_award.cfm