Ken Loeffler

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Ken Loeffler
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1902-04-14)April 14, 1902
Died January 1, 1975(1975-01-01) (aged 72)
Playing career
1920-1924 Penn State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1928–1934
1935–1942
1945–1946
1946–1948
1948–1949
1949-1955
1955-1957
Geneva
Yale
Denver
St. Louis Bombers (BAA)
Providence Steamrollers (NBA)
La Salle
Texas A&M
Head coaching record
Overall College
370–213 (.635)

Professional
79–90 (.467)
Tournaments NCAA: 9-1 (.900)
NIT: 5-3 (.625)
NBA Playoffs: 4-6 (.400)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NCAA Champion (1954)
NCAA Final Four (1954, 1955)
NIT Champion (1952)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1964 (profile)
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Kenneth D. Loeffler (April 14, 1902 – January 1, 1975) was an American collegiate and professional basketball coach. He was mostly known for guiding the La Salle University men's basketball team to the 1954 NCAA Championship and the 1952 National Invitation Tournament Championship.

After earning a Bachelor's degree at Pennsylvania State University (1920–24) and a short pro basketball career (1924–29), the Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania native began his collegiate coaching career at Geneva College (1928–34). In 1934 he became basketball head coach at Yale University, and also assistant coach to the football and baseball varsity. In seven years at Yale Loeffler put up a 61-82 record. During World War II he served in the U.S. Air Force.

After the war Loeffler began coaching pro teams in the Basketball Association of America. First the St. Louis Bombers (1946–48), then the Providence Steamrollers (1948–49). In 1949 he returned to the college ranks when he became head coach at La Salle. With players like future Hall of Fameer Tom Gola, Loeffler's La Salle teams went on to dominate college basketball over half a decade in the early 1950s. In six seasons at La Salle, Loeffler led the Explorers to a post-season appearance in every single season. Under Loeffler, La Salle made four trips to the NIT (before it was considered "second-rate") and two visits to the NCAA Tournament. In 1955 Loeffler moved on to become the head coach at Texas A&M College, a post he held until 1957.

On October 1, 1964, he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Head coaching record[edit]

College basketball[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Geneva Covenanters (Independent) (1928–1934)
1928–1929 Geneva 14-5
1929–1930 Geneva 10-9
1930–1931 Geneva 13-10
1931–1932 Geneva 14-7
1932–1933 Geneva 13-6
1933–1934 Geneva 13-9
Geneva: 93–53 (.637)
Yale Bulldogs (Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League) (1935–1942)
1935–1936 Yale 8-16 6-6 T-3rd
1936–1937 Yale 12-8 7-5 T-3rd
1937–1938 Yale 7-12 3-9 7th
1938–1939 Yale 4-16 3-9 6th
1939–1940 Yale 13-6 7-5 T-3rd
1940–1941 Yale 10-12 4-8 T-4th
1941–1942 Yale 7-12 3-9 6th
Yale: 61–82 (.427) 33–51 (.393)
Denver Pioneers (Mountain States Conference) (1945–1946)
1945–1946 Denver 9-15 1-11 7th
Denver: 9–15 (.375) 1–11 (.083)
La Salle Explorers (Independent) (1949–1955)
1949–1950 La Salle 21-4 NIT Quarterfinals
1950–1951 La Salle 22-7 NIT First Round
1951–1952 La Salle 24-5 NIT Champions
1952–1953 La Salle 25-3 NIT Quarterfinals
1953–1954 La Salle 26-4 NCAA Champions
1954–1955 La Salle 26-5 NCAA Runner-up
La Salle: 144–28 (.837)
Texas A&M Aggies (Southwest Conference) (1955–1957)
1955–1956 Texas A&M 6-18 3-9 T-5th
1956–1957 Texas A&M 7-17 3-9 T-6th
Texas A&M: 13–35 (.271) 6–18 (.250)
Total: 370–213 (.635)

      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
SLB 1946–47 61 38 23 .623 2nd in Western 3 1 2 .333 Lost in League Quarterfinals
SLB 1947–48 48 29 19 .604 1st in Western 7 3 4 .429 Lost in League Semifinals
PRO 1948–49 60 12 48 .200 6th in Eastern - - - - Missed Playoffs
Career 169 79 90 .467 10 4 6 .400

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