Glenn M. Curtis
May 19, 1890|
|Died||December 10, 1958
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1940-1941, 1945-1948||Indiana All-Stars|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1946 Midwest Invitational|
|1964 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
1998 Indiana State University Athletics Hall of Fame
Glenn M. Curtis (May 19, 1890 – December 10, 1958) was an American basketball coach. He was the head coach at Indiana State University from 1938 to 1946. He won 122 games and led the Sycamores to three NAIA Tournaments, reaching the national championship in 1946. The Sycamores also won the Midwest Invitational Tournament in 1946. His career collegiate record is 122–45 (.724).
Head coaching record
|Indiana State Sycamores (Indiana Intercollegiate Conference) (1938–1946)|
|1941–42||Indiana State||17–4||5–1||NAIA Third Round|
|1942–43||Indiana State||13–4||5–2||NAIA First Round|
|1945–46||Indiana State||21–7||4–2||1st||NAIA National Runner-up|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
Head coaching notes
Indiana State University Sycamores
He succeeded Wally Marks and led the Sycamores to 8 consecutive winning seasons and three berths in the NAIA Men's Basketball Championships (1942, 1943 & 1946); reaching the national quarterfinals in 1942 and the title game in 1946. He finished his career as the leader in wins and then recommended his old high school player and protégé John Wooden as his successor. Additionally, he served as the athletic director during his coaching tenure.
Prior to becoming a collegiate coach, Curtis, known as the 'Ole Fox' by his peers, spent 21 years as an Indiana High School coach. His first year as head coach came at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Indiana. During his one-year stint, he went 28–2 (.933) and won the 1918 state championship. He then moved to Mooresville where he spent one semester, coaching approximately 10 games. At the Christmas break, he moved to nearby Martinsville.
His Martinsville Artesians won 396 games and lost 139 (.740). During his tenure (1919 to 1938), they won 16 sectional championships, 14 regional championships and three state championships. Coaching players such as John Wooden and fellow Indiana Basketball Hall of Famers Lester Reynolds and Arnold Suddith, he won state titles in 1924, 1927, and 1933, with Wooden the star in 1927. The Artesians lost the state championship in 1926 and 1928. In the five years from 1924 through 1928, they were in the state championship game every year but 1925.
He was the first Indiana high school coach (and one of four) to win four state championships. Curtis was the co-head coach with Tony Hinkle of the first Indiana all-star team to play Kentucky and he also coached six Indianapolis Star all-star teams. He never had a losing season as a coach, and in 19 years at Martinsville, his teams won 16 sectional championships (the opening round of the state playoffs) and 14 regional championships (the equivalent to making the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.)
He returned to the high school ranks as the Martinsville Superintendent of Schools from 1948–1955. Curtis died in 1958.
He moved on to the professional ranks, briefly coaching the Detroit Falcons of the Basketball Association of America (BAA). This season with the Falcons was his first losing season as a head coach while the Falcons finished fourth in the Western Division standings with a record of 12–22. He later coached the Indianapolis Jets of the National Basketball League for one season and finished with a record of 24–35. They still qualified for the playoffs but lost the opening round series one game to three in a best-of-four series. The Jets then joined the BAA but Curtis retired from coaching and returned to Martinsville as the Superintendent of Schools.
Indiana High School All-Stars
He was the first head coach for the Indiana All-Stars (an annual all-state team of seniors only, sponsored by the Indianapolis Star. The team faces a similar team from Kentucky; game proceeds are donated to charity. Curtis led the All-Stars to victory in each game he coached (6-0); he coached renowned players such as Johnny Wilson, Max Pearsey, Clyde Lovellette, Ray Ragelis and Bill Garrett.
|1917–18||Lebanon Tigers||28||2||.933||IHSAA State Champion (1918)|
|1918||Mooresville Pioneers||unk.||unk.||unk.||Coached ~10 games|
|1919–1938||Martinsville Artesians||396||139||.740||IHSAA State Champion (1924, 1927, 1933)|
21 seasons 3 schools 424–141 ; 4 State Titles (1918, 1924, 1927, 1933)
- "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2016-05-01. Note: This includes Cyrus L. Gunn (n.d.). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Martinsville High School Gymnasium" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-05-01. and Accompanying photographs.