|Hugh S. Greer|
Suffield, Connecticut, USA
|Died||January 14, 1963
Storrs, Connecticut, USA
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
Hugh Greer (1902–January 14, 1963) was the UConn Huskies men's basketball coach from 1946 to 1963.
Early life and education
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.
Hugh Greer coached basketball at Connecticut from 1947 to 1963. 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
|Connecticut Huskies (Yankee Conference) (1946–1963)|
|1953–54||Connecticut||22-3||7-0||1st||NCAA First Round|
|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|
|Connecticut:||286–112 (.719)||109–22 (.832)|
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
- 1957: University of Connecticut Distinguished Alumni Award
- 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..."