Walter Meanwell

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Walter E. Meanwell (January 26, 1884 – December 2, 1953) was an English college men's basketball coach in the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. The Leeds, England native coached in the U.S. for the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1911–17, 1920–34) and the University of Missouri (1918–20) to an overall record of 290–101.

Meanwell became the fourth basketball coach in University of Wisconsin–Madison history in 1911. After earning a doctorate degree in 1915, he was nicknamed "Doc" or "Little Doc" (due to his 5'6" frame). During World War I he served in the US Army. After a two-year stint at University of Missouri, Meanwell was back at Wisconsin. The Badgers won or shared four Big Ten titles under his guidance (1921, 1923–24, 1929). His 1912, 1914, and 1916 Wisconsin teams were retroactively named national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll.[1] Meanwell taught a style of game that featured short passing, crisscross dribbles and a tight zone defense. In 1934 he retired from coaching and practiced medicine in Madison, Wisconsin, until his death. He was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach in 1959.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wisconsin (Big Ten Conference) (1911–1917)
1911–12 Wisconsin 15–0 12–0 1st Helms National Champions
Premo-Porretta National Champions
1912–13 Wisconsin 14–1 11–1 1st
1913–14 Wisconsin 15–0 12–0 1st Helms National Champions
Premo-Porretta National Champions
1914–15 Wisconsin 13–4 8–4 3rd
1915–16 Wisconsin 20–1 11–1 1st Helms National Champions
Premo-Porretta National Champions
1916–17 Wisconsin 15–3 9–3 4th
Wisconsin: 92–9 63–9
Missouri (Missouri Valley Conference) (1917–1920)
1917–18 Missouri 17–1 15–1 1st
1919–20 Missouri 17–1 17–1 1st
Missouri: 34–2 32–2
Wisconsin (Big Ten Conference) (1920–1934)
1920–21 Wisconsin 13–4 8–4 T–1st
1921–22 Wisconsin 14–5 8–4 2nd
1922–23 Wisconsin 12–3 11–1 T–1st
1923–24 Wisconsin 11–5 8–4 T–1st
1924–25 Wisconsin 6–11 3–9 9th
1925–26 Wisconsin 8–9 4–8 T–8th
1926–27 Wisconsin 10–7 7–5 T–4th
1927–28 Wisconsin 13–4 9–3 T–3rd
1928–29 Wisconsin 15–2 10–2 T–1st
1929–30 Wisconsin 15–2 8–2 2nd
1930–31 Wisconsin 8–9 4–8 T–7th
1931–32 Wisconsin 8–10 3–9 T–8th
1932–33 Wisconsin 7–13 4–8 8th
1933–34 Wisconsin 14–6 8–4 T–2nd
Wisconsin: 154–90 95–71
Wisconsin: 246–99 158–80
Total: 280–101

      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

References[edit]

  1. ^ ESPN, ed. (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: ESPN Books. pp. 532–33. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2.