Guy R. Strong

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Guy R. Strong
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born June 15, 1930
Irvine, Kentucky
Playing career
1949–1951 Kentucky
1952–1955 Eastern Kentucky
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1963–1967 Kentucky Wesleyan
1967–1973 Eastern Kentucky
1973–1977 Oklahoma State
1983–1990 George Rogers Clark HS
1995–2001 George Rogers Clark HS
Accomplishments and honors
Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year (1972), Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame (2002)

Guy R. Strong (born, June 15, 1930[1]) was an American basketball player and coach. Strong, a Kentucky native, graduated from Estill County’s Irvine High School in 1948.[2] Traveling to the University of Kentucky he was one of five players, including Bill Spivey, who made the final cut during a two-day session. He played for two years including the 1951 National Championship team. After his third year he served in the Korean War, before transferring to Eastern Kentucky to close out his collegiate career. As a coach in High School and College he compiled a 541–355 record. He was also the first coach to win a National Championship at Kentucky Wesleyan College, a tradition the school continued by winning 7 more, the most in Division II.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Kentucky Wesleyan (Independent) (1963–1967)
1963–64 Kentucky Wesleyan 15-8 NCAA Div II First Round
1964–65 Kentucky Wesleyan 9-12
1965–66 Kentucky Wesleyan 24-6 NCAA Div II Champion
1966–67 Kentucky Wesleyan 25-4 NCAA Div II Third Place
Guy R. Strong: 73-30
Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley) (1967–1973)
1967–68 Eastern Kentucky 10-14 6-8 6th
1968–69 Eastern Kentucky 13-9 7-7 4th
1969–70 Eastern Kentucky 12-10 8-6 3rd-T
1970–71 Eastern Kentucky 16-8 10-4 2nd-T
1971–72 Eastern Kentucky 15-11 9-5 1st-T NCAA First Round
1972–73 Eastern Kentucky 12-13 7-7 4th-T
Eastern Kentucky: 78-65 47-37
Oklahoma State (Big Eight Conference) (1973–1977)
1973–74 Oklahoma State 9–17 3–11 7th
1974–75 Oklahoma State 10–16 5–9 6th
1975–76 Oklahoma State 10–16 4–10 6th
1976–77 Oklahoma State 6–21 4–10 7th
Oklahoma State: 35–70 16–40
Total: 186-165

      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