Ken Loeffler

Ken Loeffler

Ken Loeffler
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1902-04-14)April 14, 1902
Died January 1, 1975(1975-01-01) (aged 72)
Playing career
1920-1924 Penn State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1928–1934 Geneva
1935–1942 Yale
1945–1946 Denver
1946–1948 St. Louis Bombers (BAA)
1948–1949 Providence Steamrollers (NBA)
1949-1955 La Salle
1955-1957 Texas A&M
Head coaching record
Overall College
370–213 (.635)

79–90 (.467)
Tournaments NCAA: 9-1 (.900)
NIT: 5-3 (.625)
NBA Playoffs: 4-6 (.400)
Accomplishments and honors
NCAA Champion (1954)
NCAA Final Four (1954, 1955)
NIT Champion (1952)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1964 (profile)
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Kenneth D. Loeffler (April 14, 1902 – January 1, 1975) was an American collegiate and professional basketball coach. He was mostly known for guiding the La Salle University men's basketball team to the 1954 NCAA Championship and the 1952 National Invitation Tournament Championship.

After earning a Bachelor's degree at Pennsylvania State University (1920–24) and a short pro basketball career (1924–29), the Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania native began his collegiate coaching career at Geneva College (1928–34). In 1934 he became basketball head coach at Yale University, and also assistant coach to the football and baseball varsity. In seven years at Yale Loeffler put up a 61-82 record. During World War II he served in the U.S. Air Force.

After the war Loeffler began coaching pro teams in the Basketball Association of America. First the St. Louis Bombers (1946–48), then the Providence Steamrollers (1948–49). In 1949 he returned to the college ranks when he became head coach at La Salle. With players like future Hall of Fameer Tom Gola, Loeffler's La Salle teams went on to dominate college basketball over half a decade in the early 1950s. In six seasons at La Salle, Loeffler led the [[La Salle Explorers|