Ron Abegglen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Ron Abegglen (born August 19, 1937) is a retired college basketball coach.

Abegglen was head coach of the Weber State Wildcats team from 1991 to 1999 and at the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves from 1986 to 1991.

At Weber State, he led the Wildcats to an upset of North Carolina in the first round of the 1999 NCAA Tournament. As of the end of the 2014-15 season, Abegglen is the only coach since the NCAA eliminated first-round byes in 1980 to defeat the Tar Heels in the first round.

In August—just months before that triumph—Abegglen got in a fight with his then-wife, Nedra, that resulted in Nedra getting a broken wrist. Abegglen was charged with domestic violence. Combined with Weber State already being on NCAA probation after Abegglen was caught giving improper financial benefits to his players, school president Paul Thompson forced Abegglen to resign at the end of the season regardless of how the Wildcats did on the court. After the Wildcats' run in the NCAA Tournament, Thompson would not consider allowing Abegglen to return for the 1999–2000 season.[1][2]

Abegglen is the all-time coaching winning percentage leader of the UAA Seawolves with a lifetime record of 109–45 for a .708[3] winning percentage. His tenure at UAA was highlighted by a 1989 win over the eventual national champion Michigan Wolverines, 70–66,[4] one of two losses for the Wolverines that year.


External links[edit]