Dave MacMillan

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Dave MacMillan
Sport(s) Basketball,
also: baseball, football
Biographical details
Born (1886-12-24)December 24, 1886
New York City
Died July 9, 1963(1963-07-09) (aged 76)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alma mater University of Idaho
Playing career
190x Oberlin
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1920–1927 Idaho
1927–1942 Minnesota
1945–1948 Minnesota
1950 Tri-Cities Blackhawks
1921–1927 Idaho
1942–1947 Minnesota

David MacMillan (December 24, 1886 – July 9, 1963) was an American basketball coach.[1][2] He was a longtime head coach at the University of Minnesota (18 seasons, 1927–42, 1945–48),[3] and briefly coached the NBA's Tri-Cities Blackhawks in 1950, succeeding Red Auerbach.[4]

Before Minnesota, MacMillan was the head coach at the University of Idaho,[5] his alma mater. He led the Vandals for seven seasons, from 1920 to 1927, the last six in the Pacific Coast Conference.[6][7] He also coached baseball[8] and freshman football at Idaho,[9] and baseball at Minnesota from 1942 through 1947.[10]

Born in New York City, he attended Oberlin College in Ohio before transferring to Idaho.[2]

MacMillan resigned at Minnesota at age 62 in March 1948, citing health reasons.[3] After his brief stint with the Blackhawks, MacMillan served as an assistant coach of the Minneapolis Lakers under John Kundla, who had been a player and assistant under MacMillan at Minnesota. He died from cancer at age 76 in Minneapolis.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "MacMillan, 77 ex-coach of Gophers, dies". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. July 10, 1963. p. 4, sec. 3. 
  2. ^ a b c (Washington) (July 10, 1963). "Ex-Idaho coach taken by death". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. p. 13. 
  3. ^ a b "MacMillan resigns as Minnesota coach". Milwaukee Journal. United Press. March 2, 1948. p. 2-part 2. 
  4. ^ "Dave MacMillan to coach Tricities". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. May 2, 1950. p. 8-part 2. 
  5. ^ Metzger, Sol (January 18, 1929). "Minnesota cagers adopt new system". Spokane Daily Chronicle. p. 20. 
  6. ^ "Idaho basketball". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1927. p. 166. 
  7. ^ "Golden Gopher Men's Basketball Coaches". University of Minnesota Athletics. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Idaho baseball". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1927. p. 186. 
  9. ^ "Stars to tutor teams at Idaho". Spokesman-Review. September 17, 1922. p. 3-part 4. 
  10. ^ "Minnesota court coach named baseball mentor". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. April 5, 1942. p. 13. 

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