Ed Koffenberger

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Ed Koffenberger
Personal information
Born (1926-07-04)July 4, 1926
Wilmington, Delaware
Died September 21, 2014(2014-09-21) (aged 88)
Hockessin, Delaware
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Career information
High school P.S. duPont (Wilmington, Delaware)
College Duke (1945–1947)
NBA draft 1947 / Round: – / Pick: 48th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Position Center
Number 55, 43
Career highlights and awards

Edward Leroy "Ed" Koffenberger (July 4, 1926 – September 21, 2014) was an American stand-out basketball and lacrosse player for the Duke University in 1945–46 and 1946–47. He is considered Duke's first "two-sport star"[1] even though most of his accolades came from playing basketball. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Koffenberger is the only First Team All-American basketball player from his home state when the Helms Foundation awarded him the distinction.[2] As a 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) center, Koffenberger led the Blue Devils in scoring during both seasons he played for them, and during his senior season of 1946–47, he led the Southern Conference in both scoring and rebounding.[2] He was a two-time All-American and two-time All-Conference selection in basketball, and in lacrosse he was a one-time All-American for his intimidating defensive presence.[1] In 54 career basketball games he scored 733 points, including a then-Duke record 416 in 1946–47.[2][3]

Koffenberger was selected by the Philadelphia Warriors in a late round of the 1947 BAA draft, although he only briefly played professionally but never in the Basketball Association of America.[1][4] After basketball he became an engineer.[2]

Koffenberger died of leukemia on September 21, 2014 at the age of 88.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Duke Sports Information (December 14, 2005). "Edward L. Koffenberger". GoDuke.com. Duke University. Retrieved September 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Gelbert, Doug (1995). The Great Delaware Sports Book. Montchanin, Delaware: Manatee Books. p. 115. ISBN 0-9644427-0-1. 
  3. ^ "55 Ed Koffenberger". Duke Blue Devils Basketball Statistical Database. Duke University Athletics Association. 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ "NBA Draft Picks From Duke University". basketball-reference.com. 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Ex-Duke all-America Ed Koffenberger dies". heraldsun.com. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ http://rtfoard.tributes.com/obituary/show/Edward-L.-Koffenberger-101715654