March 5, 1898
July 1972 (aged 74)
Fort Wayne Central HS
Fort Wayne Pistons
Career highlights and awards
NBL Coach of the Year (1948) NBL champion (1949)
Murray J. Mendenhall (March 5, 1898 – July 1972) was an American basketball coach. Murray began coaching at the high school level, at Fort Wayne Central in the 1920s, winning the state championship in 1943. He also coached in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1949 to 1951 as the first coach of the Fort Wayne Pistons, and has been inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Prior to coaching the Pistons, he coached the now-defunct Anderson Packers of the National Basketball League.
Murray Jr. played for him on the 1943 championship team, before being inducted into the United States Navy. Both Murray, Jr. and his son, Murray Mendenhall, III, coached high school basketball in Indiana.
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