George Ireland

George Ireland (1913-2001)

Teams coached: Loyola Ramblers
Loyola (IL) record: 318-255 (.555)
Overall record: 318-255 (.555)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1951-1976 Loyola (IL)

George Ireland Facts

  • George Ireland
  • Born June 15, 1913
  • Died September 14, 2001
  • Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
  • Alma Mater: University of Notre Dame (BA, 1936)
  • Played for George Keogan at Notre Dame; the three-year starter was an All-American in 1935
  • First coaching job was at Marmion Academy (Aurora, IL), where he spent 15 years as the head coach (262-87 overall)
  • Became the head coach at Loyola (IL) in 1951, taking over for former ND teammate John Jordan
    • Was the Ramblers head coach for 24 seasons and is the program’s all-time wins leader (318)
    • Reached the NCAA Tournament four times, winning the 1963 NCAA Championship title
      • A year after becoming the first major college program to play five African-American players at the same time, the 1963 team continued to break racial barriers by having four African-American players in the regular rotation
    • Also served as the school’s athletic director from 1956 to 1978 (two years after retiring from coaching)
  • Passed away in Addison, IL in 2001 at age 88
    • Wife, Gert, had previously passed away in 1998
    • Survived by two daughters, one son, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren

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