Glenn M. Curtis

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Glenn M. Curtis
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1890-05-19)May 19, 1890
Eminence, Indiana
Died December 10, 1958(1958-12-10) (aged 68)
Martinsville, Indiana
Playing career
1908–1912 Indiana State
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1917–1918 Lebanon Tigers
1918 Mooresville Pioneers
1919–1938 Martinsville Artesians
1938–1946 Indiana State
1946–1947 Detroit Falcons
1947–1948 Indianapolis Jets
Accomplishments and honors
Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame (1964)
1998 Indiana State University Athletics Hall of Fame[1]

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[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Indiana State Sycamores (Indiana Intercollegiate Conference) (1938–1946)
1938–39 Indiana State 10–9 3–9
1939–40 Indiana State 15–3 8–2
1940–41 Indiana State 11–8 2–2
1941–42 Indiana State 17–4 5–1 NAIA Third Round
1942–43 Indiana State 13–4 5–2 NAIA First Round
1943–44 Indiana State 17–4 6–4
1944–45 Indiana State 18–6 5–3
1945–46 Indiana State 21–7 4–2 1st NAIA National Runner-up
Total: 122–45 (.724)

      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

Head coaching notes[edit]

Indiana State University Sycamores[edit]

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.

High school[edit]

Martinsville's high school basketball gymnasium

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.[2]

The Martinsville High School Gymnasium was named in his honor in 1959.[3]:2, 6

Professional leagues[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Indiana High School All-Stars[edit]

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.

High school[edit]

Years School Wins Losses Pct. Highlight
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)


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