Bob Vanatta

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Bob Vanetta
Bob Vanatta.jpg
Bob Vanatta from The Savitar, 1963
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1918-07-07)July 7, 1918
Columbia, Missouri
Died October 22, 2016(2016-10-22) (aged 98)
Jupiter, Florida
Playing career
1943–1945 Central Methodist
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1947–1950 Central Methodist
1950–1953 SW Missouri State
1953–1954 Army
1954–1956 Bradley
1956–1962 Memphis State
1962–1967 Missouri
1972–1973 Delta State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1973–1976 Oral Roberts
1976–1979 Ohio Valley Conference (Comm.)
1979–1983 Trans America Athletic Conference (Comm.)
1983–1986 Louisiana Tech
1986–1994 Sunshine State Conference (Comm.)
1997–1999 Florida Atlantic (Assoc. AD)
Head coaching record
Overall 333–200 (.625)
Tournaments NCAA: 2-2 (.500)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NAIA champion (1952, 1953)

Bob Vanatta (July 7, 1918 – October 22, 2016) was an American head basketball coach for Central Methodist, Missouri State University, Army, Bradley, Memphis State, Missouri, and Delta State University. At Missouri State, he won the 1952 and 1953 NAIA Championship. At Memphis State, he compiled a 109-34 record, including making it to the 1957 NIT Championship game. After coaching, he later served as athletic director at Oral Roberts University, commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference, commissioner of the Atlantic Sun Conference, executive director of the Independence Bowl, athletic director at Louisiana Tech University, commissioner of the Sunshine State Conference, president of the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner's Association, and associate athletic director at Florida Atlantic University. He was a member of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, which presents the Lou Groza Award to the nation's top placekicker.

Vanatta died October 22, 2016, aged 98, in Melbourne, Florida.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Central Methodist Eagles (Independent) (1947–1950)
Central Methodist: 61-20 (.753)
Missouri State Bears (MIAA) (1950–1953)
1950–51 Missouri State 22-3 7-3 2nd
1951–52 Missouri State 27-5 10-0 1st NAIA Champions
1952–53 Missouri State 24-4 8-2 1st NAIA Champions
Southwest Missouri State: 73-12 (.857) 25-5 (.833)
Army Cadets (Independent) (1953–1954)
1953–54 Army 15-7
Army: 15-7 (.682)
Bradley Braves (Independent) (1954–1955)
1954–55 Bradley 9-20 NCAA Elite Eight
Bradley Braves (Missouri Valley Conference) (1955–1956)
1955–56 Bradley 13-13
Bradley: 22-33 (.400)
Memphis State Tigers (Independent) (1956–1962)
1956–57 Memphis State 24-6 NIT Finals
1957–58 Memphis State 15-7
1958–59 Memphis State 17-6
1959–60 Memphis State 18-5 NIT First Round
1960–61 Memphis State 20-3 NIT Quarterfinals
1961–62 Memphis State 15-7 NCAA First Round
Memphis State: 109-34 (.762)
Missouri Tigers (Big Eight Conference) (1962–1967)
1962–63 Missouri 10-15 5-9 T-6th
1963–64 Missouri 13-11 7-7 T-4th
1964–65 Missouri 13-11 8-6 T-3rd
1965–66 Missouri 3-21 1-13 8th
1966–67 Missouri 3-22 1-13 8th
Missouri: 42-80 (.344) 22-48 (.314)
Delta State Statesmen (Gulf States Conference) (1972–1973)
1972–73 Delta State 11-14 4-10
Delta State: 11-14 (.440) 4-10 (.286)
Total: 333-200 (.625)

      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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stukenborg, Phil (October 22, 2016). "Ex-Tiger basketball coach Bob Vanatta dies at 98". commercialappeal.com. Retrieved October 23, 2016.