Bill Borcher

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Bill Borcher
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1919-07-12)July 12, 1919
International Falls, Minnesota
Died April 6, 2003(2003-04-06) (aged 83)
Coos Bay, Oregon
Alma mater University of Oregon,
B.S. (1942), M.Ed., Ed.D. (1964)[1]
Playing career
1937–1939 Sacramento JC
1939–1941 Oregon
Position(s) Forward, Center[2]
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1945–1951 Marshfield HS (OR)
1951–1956 Oregon
Head coaching record
Overall 69–68 (.504) - (college)

William J. "Bill" Borcher (July 12, 1919 – April 6, 2003)[3] was an American basketball coach, the head coach at the University of Oregon from 1951 to 1956.[4]

Early years[edit]

Born in International Falls, Minnesota, he attended North Bend High School in North Bend, Oregon, where he played both football and basketball. After graduation in 1937, he played basketball for Sacramento Junior College in California, then transferred up to Eugene and played for two seasons at Oregon under head coach Howard Hobson, At 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) he was a forward and center, and also a played a season of football in 1941 at end. During World War II, Borcher served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945.[5]

Head coach[edit]

From 1945 to 1951, Borcher was the head basketball coach at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay. His 1947 team won the state championship and that year he founded the Oregon Jazz Band. After six seasons at North Bend, Borcher moved up to the collegiate level in 1951 as the head coach at Oregon. He compiled a 69-68 (.504) record in five seasons, and resigned in March 1956.[4] He was succeeded by Steve Belko, who remained for fifteen seasons.

College coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Oregon Ducks (Pacific Coast) (1951–1956)
1951-52 Oregon 14-16 8-8 3rd - North
1952-53 Oregon 14-14 8-8 T-2nd - North
1953-54 Oregon 17-10 9-7 T-2nd - North
1954-55 Oregon 13-13 8-8 2nd - North
1955-56 Oregon 11-15 5-11 T-6th
Oregon: 69-68 38-42
Total: 69-68

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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

Jazz festival[edit]

An accomplished musician, he excelled on the coronet, and played the drums and bass fiddle as well. After coaching, he continued with the Oregon Jazz Band.[1] He gained his doctorate in education from Oregon in 1964 and then worked in administration at American River JC in Sacramento.[1] In 1972, Borcher founded the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, which is the largest jazz festival in the world.[6] He was inducted into the North Bend High School hall of fame in 2001, and posthumously into Marshfield's in 2003.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Strite, Dick (June 26, 1964). "Borcher more than coach and musician; now novelist, too". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 2B. 
  2. ^ "Webfoot hoopers battle to upset victory over Beavers, 41 to 31". Eugene Register-Guard. January 19, 1941. p. 6. 
  3. ^ "Borcher". Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Strite, Dick (March 27, 1956). "Borcher Resigns at Oregon". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 2B. 
  5. ^ a b "Hall of Fame". Marshfield High School. 2003. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sacramento Jazz Jubilee Official Program, 1993"

1. Sacramento Jazz Jubilee Official Program, 1993

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