Blair Gullion

Blair Gullion (1901-1959)

Teams coached: Tennessee Volunteers, Cornell Big Red, Connecticut Huskies, Washington University Bears
Tennessee record: 47-19 (.712)
Cornell record: 48-43 (.527)
Connecticut record: 15-8 (.652)
Washington (MO) record: 134-102 (.568)
Overall record^: 244-172 (.587)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1953-1959 Washington (MO)
1947-1952 Washington (MO)
1945-1947 Connecticut
1938-1942 Cornell
1935-1938 Tennessee
1927-1935 Earlham College

Blair Gullion Facts

  • Burton Blair Gullion
  • Born December 22, 1901
  • Died January 30, 1959
  • Hometown: New Castle, Indiana
  • Alma Mater: Purdue University (BA, 1924)
  • The Indiana-native played college basketball at Purdue under legendary head coach Ward “Piggy” Lambert
    • Earned First-Team All-Big honors following the 1922 season
  • First coached at the high school level, then became the basketball coach at Earlham College (Richmond, IN) in 1927
    • Went 65-42 during his eight-year tenure with the Quakers
  • Spent three seasons as the head coach at Tennessee, going an impressive 47-19 overall
  • Went 48-43 in four seasons as the head coach at Cornell, then 15-8 in one and half seasons at UConn
    • In between these two jobs was World War II, during which Gullion served in the US Air Force
    • Named President of the NABC in 1946 after returning to the States and taking the UConn job
  • Last coaching role was an 11-year tenure (in two stints) at Washington University in St. Louis, MO
    • Was 134-102 overall, finishing .500 or better in seven of eleven full seasons
    • Also served as the University’s athletic director
  • Passed away in 1959 due to a heart attack; at the time he was still AD and head basketball coach at WashU
    • Posthumously inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame (c/o 1971)
    • Also a member of the Earlham Hall of Fame and WashU Athletics Hall of Fame (1992 Charter Member)

Blair Gullion Coaching Tree

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^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only; note that Washington University (MO) competed at the Division I level during Gullion’s tenure (now Division III)