Duane Klueh

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Duane Klueh
Personal information
Born (1926-01-06) January 6, 1926 (age 92)
Bottineau, North Dakota
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolState (Terre Haute, Indiana)
CollegeIndiana State (1946–1949)
NBA draft1949 / Round: 8 / Pick: –
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career1949–1951
Number24, 6
Career history
As player:
1949–1950Denver Nuggets
19501951Fort Wayne Pistons
As coach:
1955–1967Indiana State
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

  • ICC Coach of the Year (1959, 1963, 1966, 1967)
  • 3× ICC champion (1965–1967)

Duane M. Klueh (born January 6, 1926) is a retired American basketball player and coach. Born in Bottineau, North Dakota, he was raised in Terre Haute, Indiana and still lives there today; he was the head men's basketball coach at Indiana State University for 12 seasons (1955–1967). As a Head Coach, he remains the leader in wins. Klueh played professionally in the NBA from 1949 to 1951.

Basketball career[edit]

He had a spectacular Collegiate career; as a Junior (1947–48) he was #2 in the nation in points scored (597), while ranking #10 in point-per-game (17.6).[1] After leading the Sycamores to the NAIA Finals, he was selected 'All-American' by the Helms Foundation as well as winning the Chuck Taylor Most Valuable Player Award in the 1948 NAIA tournament.

Klueh was taken in the eighth round of the 1949 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. He never played for the Celtics, but was a member of the Denver Nuggets and Fort Wayne Pistons; averaging over 8 pts during his brief (2-yr) career.

After his NBA career ended, he returned to Indiana and accepted his first coaching position at Fowler High School in Benton County, Indiana. He was named the Indiana State Head Coach after the 1954–55 season at age 28. He resigned at age 40 (1966–67) citing the rigors and pressures of recruiting.

He is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame,[2] the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame[3] the NAIA Hall of Fame and was a charter inductee to the Indiana State University Hall of Fame in 1982.

His #54 is only one of two numbers retired by Indiana State University.[4]

He held the career scoring record when he graduated in 1948 and is still in the Top Ten in total points (# 7; 1,432 points) and scoring average (# 10; 15.7 ppg).

Tennis career[edit]

In addition to his success on the collegiate hardwood, Klueh also enjoyed a standout career in tennis; winning the 1948 Little States (Collegiate) Singles Championship in Indiana.

He returned to ISU following his professional basketball career and assumed the role of head tennis coach, leading the Sycamores to a school-record 278 wins during two coaching tenures totaling over 26 seasons. ISU's on-campus tennis complex, constructed in 1996, bears his name.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Indiana State Sycamores (Indiana Collegiate Conference) (1955–1967)
1955–56 Indiana State 8–16 2–10 6th
1956–57 Indiana State 12–13 2–10 6th
1957–58 Indiana State 11–14 2–10 7th
1958–59 Indiana State 17–10 9–3 2nd NAIA Second Round
1959–60 Indiana State 7–13 4–8 4th
1960–61 Indiana State 17–9 9–3 2nd
1961–62 Indiana State 19–11 7–5 3rd NAIA Second Round
1962–63 Indiana State 18–7 8–4 1st NAIA Second Round
1963–64 Indiana State 17–8 6–6 4th
1964–65 Indiana State 13–10 7–5 2nd
1965–66 Indiana State 22–6 9–3 1st NCAA College Division First Round
1966–67 Indiana State 21–5 10–1 1st NCAA College Division Second Round
Indiana State: 182–122 (.602)
Total: 182–122 (.602)

      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


  1. ^ https://www.ncaa.org/championships/statistics/2015-16-ncaa-mens-basketball-records
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2010-01-11.
  3. ^ http://www.mvc-sports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=7600&KEY=&ATCLID=272670[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ http://www.gosycamores.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=15200&ATCLID=1147152
  5. ^ http://www.gosycamores.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=15200&ATCLID=1147152

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