Albert Barthelme

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Albert Barthelme
Personal information
BornOctober 10, 1919
Blue Point, New York
DiedMarch 4, 2004
Chaptico, Maryland
Career information
CollegeLoyola (Maryland) (1945–1946)
Career history
As coach:
1944–1945Loyola (Maryland)
1946–1950Towson Catholic HS
1950–1954University of Baltimore
1954Baltimore Bullets
1961–?St. Mary's (Maryland)

Albert Lewis Barthelme Sr. (October 10, 1919 – March 4, 2004[1]) was an American basketball coach at the high school, college and professional levels.[2]

Barthelme coached the Loyola College Greyhounds basketball team for the 1944-1945 season, playing for the team the following season.[2] From 1946 to 1950 he was athletics director, basketball and football coach at Towson Catholic High School where one of his students was future NBA player and coach Gene Shue.[2]

Barthelme was head basketball coach at the University of Baltimore from 1950 to 1954. Using an offense-dominated approach dubbed "firehouse" basketball, he was the subject of numerous newspaper stories about the high-scoring games.[2] Seven games into the 1953-1954 season, the team was averaging well over 100 points per game.[3]

An assistant coach and publicist for the Baltimore Bullets 1954-1955 season,[4] Barthelme was named head coach on November 20, 1954[5] but would only coach three games before the club went out of business on November 27.[4]

In 1961 Barthelme coached basketball for St. Mary's Seminary Junior College and Patuxent Naval Base.[6]

Following his brief NBA stint, Barthelme worked in public relations at Carling Brewing Co., later becoming a beer distributor in 1962.[2] From 1966 to 1985 he served as supervisor of the St. Mary's County, Maryland Youth Commission which later became the Department of Parks and Recreation.[2] Barthelme was survived by his second wife, five sons, a daughter, and 11 grandchildren, and predeceased by his first wife and one son.[2]


  1. ^ Star Kline (January 22, 2009). "Albert Lewis Barthelme, Sr". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Kelly, Jacques (March 7, 2004). "Albert Lewis Barthelme Sr., 84, basketball coach, athletics director". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  3. ^ Sandler, Gilbert (29 March 1994). "UB Bees' bombastic basketball". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b Marcus, Jeff (July 1, 2003). A Biographical Directory of Professional Basketball Coaches. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0810840072. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  5. ^ "Al Barthelme Is New Coach of Baltimore". Reading Eagle. Reading, Pennsylvania. United Press International. 20 November 1954. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Coach Barthelme Joins SMS Staff". Point News. St. Mary's City, Maryland: St. Mary's Student Newspaper Archive. December 15, 1961. p. 1. Retrieved 14 August 2014.