Jerry Lyne

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Jerry Lyne is a South Side Chicagoan, who played for, captained and coached the Loyola Ramblers men's basketball team over the course of several decades that he was affiliated with the Loyola University Chicago.

Early life[edit]

Lyne began playing basketball in 5th grade at Little Flower School on the North Side of Chicago, where he eventually became captain. Subsequently, he became captain at Leo Catholic High School and for Loyola.[1] He played for the Loyola for four seasons (1952–56), started for three and captained the team as a senior.[1][2] While a student at Loyola in the Near North Side community area, he commuted to and from the Auburn Gresham community area on the South Side via the Chicago Transit Authority buses and Chicago 'L'.[1]


After serving as an assistant coach for twelve years under George Ireland, Lyne became the interim coach when Ireland retired due to health reasons in January 1975.[1] He remained coach until 1980 when third year athletic director Gene Sullivan took over the team.[3]

Lyne became an assistant for the 1962–63 Loyola Ramblers men's basketball team who won the 1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[2][4] During his 12 years as an assistant, he worked at his father's tavern as a porter.[1] He also worked for the last seven summers of his assistantship for the Chicago Park District's basketball program.[1] Under his helm, the 1977–78 Ramblers were victorious at home over Larry Bird's Indiana State Sycamores team, 79–76; Kevin McHale's Minnesota Golden Gophers, 70–66; and the Georgetown Hoyas during John Thompson's first year, 68–65 in overtime. During his final season as coach, the team set the Loyola single-game scoring record with a 133-point performance on November 22, 1979 against Loras College.[5] He concluded his coaching career with a 105–87 loss to Illinois in the 1980 National Invitation Tournament.

Lyne was inducted into the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason

Loyola Ramblers (Independent) (1974–1979)
1974–75 Loyola 2–9
1975–76 Loyola 10–16
1976–77 Loyola 13–13
1977–78 Loyola 16–11
1978–79 Loyola 12–15
Loyola Ramblers (Midwestern City) (1979–1980)
1979–80 Loyola 19–10 5–0 1st NIT First Round
Jerry Lyne: 72–74 (.493) 5–0 (1.000)

Total: 72–74 (.493)

      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

NIT Results[edit]

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1980 First Round Illinois L 105–87


  1. ^ a b c d e f Damer, Ray (January 22, 1975). "Opportunity finally knocks at Lyne's door". Chicago Tribune. p. C1. 
  2. ^ a b "Jerry Lyne". Loyola University Chicago. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ Conklin, Mike (May 1, 1989). "Loyola Opens Up To Hire Evansville Assistant Coach". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ Damer, Ray (January 21, 1975). "Ireland resigns at Loyola". Chicago Tribune. p. C1. 
  5. ^ "Alumni Gym". Loyola University Chicago. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Chicago Sports Hall Of Fame Adds 14". Chicago Tribune. July 6, 1989. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 

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