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Adolph Frederick Rupp (September 2, 1901–December 10, 1977) was one of the most successful coaches in the history of Americanmarker college basketball. Rupp ranks third (behind Bob Knight and Dean Smith), in total victories by a men's NCAA Division I college coach, winning 876 games in 41 years of coaching. He set a remarkable standard of excellence at Kentucky that exists to this day. Rupp is also second among all coaches in all-time winning percentage (.822), trailing only Clair Bee. Adolph F. Rupp was enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Famemarker on April 13, 1969.

Early life

Rupp was born outside Halsteadmarker, Kansasmarker, to Mennonite German immigrants, the fourth of six children. He grew up on a farm which his father Heinrich homesteaded. After his father's death in 1910, Rupp's oldest brother Otto took over farming responsibilities. As a youngster, Rupp worked on the farm and attended a school in a one-room school house in the country. He first became interested in the sport of basketball at the age of six when Halstead won the first of two consecutive Kansas state high school titles. According to interviews, he and his brothers stuffed rags into a gunnysack which his mother sewed up to use as a basketball on the family farm. Later, after growing to a sturdy 6-foot-2, Rupp was a star on his Halstead High School team, averaging over 19 points a game in both his junior and senior years. Rupp also served as team captain and unofficial coach.

After high school, Rupp attended the University of Kansasmarker from 1919–1923. He worked part-time at the student Jayhawk Cafe to help pay his college expenses. He was a reserve on the basketball team under legendary coach Forrest "Phog" Allen from 1919 to 1923. Assisting Allen during that time was his former coach and inventor of the game of basketball, James Naismith, who Rupp also got to know well during his time in Lawrence.

In Rupp's junior and senior college seasons (1921–22 and 1922–23), Kansas (KU) had outstanding basketball squads. Later, both of these standout Kansas teams would be awarded the Helms National Championship, recognizing the Jayhawks as the top team in the nation during those seasons.

University of Kentucky

Rupp coached the University of Kentucky men's basketball team from 1930 to 1972. At Kentucky, he earned the titles "Baron of the Bluegrass" and "The Man in the Brown Suit" (Rupp always wore a brown suit to games). Rupp was a master of motivation and strategy, often using local talent to build his teams. In fact, throughout his career, more than 80% of Rupp's players came from the state of Kentucky. He promoted a sticky man-to-man defense, a fluid set offense, perfect individual fundamentals, and a relentless fast break that battered opponents into defeat. Rupp demanded 100% effort from his players at all times, pushing them to great levels of success.

His Wildcat teams won four NCAA championships (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958), one National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title in 1946 (when the NIT was a tournament equal in prestige to the NCAA tournament), appeared in 20 NCAA tournaments, had six NCAA Final Four appearances, won five Sugar Bowl tournament championships, captured 27 Southeastern Conference regular season titles, and won 13 Southeastern Conference tournaments. Rupp's Kentucky teams also finished ranked #1 on six occasions in the final Associated Press college basketball poll and four times in the United Press International (Coaches) poll. In addition, Rupp's legendary 1966 Kentucky squad (nicknamed "Rupp's Runts") finished second in the NCAA tournament and Rupp's powerful 1947 Wildcats finished second in the NIT. Further, his 1933 and 1954 Kentucky squads were awarded the Helms National Championship.

Rupp was a controversial racial figure. Like other teams in the Southeastern Conference, Kentucky squads did not have black players during the 1940s, 50s and for much of the 1960s. He is alleged to have been virulently racist, [103277] despite the facts not supporting this allegation. In 1969 however, he signed the first black player at Kentucky. At that time only Vanderbilt and Auburn in the Southeastern Conference had previously signed black players.

Rupp was forced into retirement in March 1972 after reaching the age of 70, which at the time was the mandatory retirement age for all University of Kentucky employees. He was a four-time National Coach-of-the-Year award winner.

Season Team Wins Losses Postseason
1930-31 Kentucky 15 3 -
1931-32 Kentucky 15 2 -
1932-33 Kentucky 21 3 Helms National Champion
1933-34 Kentucky 16 1 -
1934-35 Kentucky 19 2 -
1935-36 Kentucky 15 6 -
1936-37 Kentucky 17 5 -
1937-38 Kentucky 13 5 -
1938-39 Kentucky 16 4 -
1939-40 Kentucky 15 6 -
1940-41 Kentucky 17 8 -
1941-42 Kentucky 19 6 NCAA Final Four (3rd Place)
1942-43 Kentucky 17 6 -
1943-44 Kentucky 19 2 NIT 3rd Place
1944-45 Kentucky 22 4 NCAA Elite 8
1945-46 Kentucky 28 2 NIT Champion
1946-47 Kentucky 34 3 NIT Runner-Up
1947-48 Kentucky 36 3 NCAA Champion
1948-49 Kentucky 32 2 NCAA Champion
1949-50 Kentucky 25 5 NIT Quarterfinals
1950-51 Kentucky 32 2 NCAA Champion
1951-52 Kentucky 29 3 NCAA Elite 8
*1952-53 - - - -
1953-54 Kentucky 25 0 Helms National Champion
1954-55 Kentucky 23 3 NCAA Sweet 16
1955-56 Kentucky 20 6 NCAA Elite 8
1956-57 Kentucky 23 5 NCAA Elite 8
1957-58 Kentucky 23 6 NCAA Champion
1958-59 Kentucky 24 3 NCAA Sweet 16
1959-60 Kentucky 18 7 -
1960-61 Kentucky 19 9 NCAA Elite 8
1961-62 Kentucky 23 3 NCAA Elite 8
1962-63 Kentucky 16 9 -
1963-64 Kentucky 21 6 NCAA Sweet 16
1964-65 Kentucky 15 10 -
1965-66 Kentucky 27 2 NCAA Runner-Up
1966-67 Kentucky 13 13 -
1967-68 Kentucky 22 5 NCAA Elite 8
1968-69 Kentucky 23 5 NCAA Sweet 16
1969-70 Kentucky 26 2 NCAA Elite 8
1970-71 Kentucky 22 6 NCAA Sweet 16
1971-72 Kentucky 21 7 NCAA Elite 8
Total Kentucky 876 190 (.822)

  • The team did not play in the 1952-53 season because of involvement in a point shaving scandal.

Career after Kentucky

In April, 1972 Rupp was named as Team President of the Memphis Pros, soon to become the Memphis Tams, of the American Basketball Association.

In July, 1973 Rupp was hired as Vice President of the Board of the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association.


Rupp died at age 76 in Lexington, Kentuckymarker, on December 10, 1977, on a night that Kentucky defeated his alma mater, Kansas, at Allen Fieldhousemarker in Lawrence, Kansasmarker. Coincidentally, the game that night was promoted as "Adolph Rupp Night", in honor of Rupp. He is buried in Lexington Cemetery.

See also


  1. Memphis Tams Year by Year Notes,
  2. Pluto, Terry, Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association (Simon & Schuster, 1990), ISBN 978-1-4165-4061-8, p.240-241, 272
  3. Kentucky Colonels Year by Year Notes,
  4. Pluto, Terry, Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association (Simon & Schuster, 1990), ISBN 978-1-4165-4061-8, p.272

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