|Born||January 6, 1926|
Bottineau, North Dakota
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school||State (Terre Haute, Indiana)|
|College||Indiana State (1946–1949)|
|NBA draft||1949 / Round: 8 / Pick: –|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|1950–1951||Fort Wayne Pistons|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
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). 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, the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame 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.
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).
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.
Head coaching record
|Indiana State Sycamores (Indiana Collegiate Conference) (1955–1967)|
|1958–59||Indiana State||17–10||9–3||2nd||NAIA Second Round|
|1961–62||Indiana State||19–11||7–5||3rd||NAIA Second Round|
|1962–63||Indiana State||18–7||8–4||1st||NAIA Second Round|
|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)|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2010-01-11.
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- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com