Chuck Orsborn

Chuck Orsborn (1917-2017)

Teams coached: Bradley Braves
Bradley record: 194-56 (.776)
Overall record: 194-56 (.776)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1956-1965 Bradley
1947-1956 Bradley (asst)

Chuck Orsborn Facts

  • Charles K. Orsborn
  • Born November 17, 1917
  • Died May 7, 2017
  • Alma Mater: Bradley University (BA, 1939)
  • Lettered in four sports (baseball, basketball, football and track & field) at Bradley; his basketball coach was Alfred J. Robertson
    • Orsborn helped lead Bradley to berths in the first two NITs (1938-39) and the inaugural NCAA Tournament (1939)
    • Spent one year after college playing minor league baseball in the New York Yankees organization
    • Served five full years in the Air Force during World War II, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel
  • Returned to his alma mater in 1947 to be an assistant under his former coach, Robertson
  • Took over as the Braves’ head coach in 1956, going 194-56 in nine seasons at the helm
  • Shifted from coaching to administration in 1965, serving as the athletic director at Bradley for the next 13 years
    • Inducted into the NIT Hall of Fame, Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame and Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame
    • At a ceremony in 2002, the school named Orsborn the Bradley basketball “Coach of the Century”
    • The Bradley athletic department also honored him as the namesake of the Charles Orsborn Award, given to a graduating senior student-athlete with the ability “to combine athletic and academic success with community service”
  • Passed away at age 99 in 2017; preceded in death by wife, Janet, and sons, Charles Jr. and James; survived by daughter, Carolyn

Chuck Orsborn Coaching Tree

  • Joe Stowell (Bradley)