Guy Strong

Guy Strong (born June 15, 1930)

Teams coached: Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers, Eastern Kentucky Colonels, Oklahoma State Cowboys
Kentucky Wesleyan record^: 73-30 (.709)
Eastern Kentucky record: 78-65 (.545)
Oklahoma State record: 35-70 (.333)
Overall record^: 186-165 (.530)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1972)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Ohio Valley Regular Season Champion:  1  (1972)
  • NCAA Division II National Championships:  1  (1966)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  3  (1964, 1966, 1967)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1973-1977 Oklahoma State
1967-1973 Eastern Kentucky
1963-1967 Kentucky Wesleyan

Guy Strong Facts

  • Guy R. Strong
  • Born June 15, 1930
  • Hometown: Irvine, Kentucky
  • Alma Mater: Eastern Kentucky University (BA, 1955)
  • Graduated from Irvine HS (KY) and started his college career playing for HOF coach Adolph Rupp and Kentucky
  • Served in the Korean War from 1951-52 and when he returned he enrolled at Eastern Kentucky, playing for Paul McBrayer
  • Became the head coach at D-II Kentucky Wesleyan in 1963, leading the Panthers for four seasons
    • Went to the D-II NCAA Tournament three times, winning the NCAA title in 1966 and reaching the Final Four again in 1967
    • The 1965-66 team went 24-6 and Strong was named NABC Division II Coach of the Year
    • The Panthers won two more NCAA titles in the years following his departure, led by his former assistant Bob Daniels
  • Left for his alma mater Eastern Kentucky in 1967, going 78-65 in six seasons as the Colonels’ head coach
    • The highlight of his tenure was the 1971-72 team that won a share of the OVC title and reached the NCAA Tournament
  • Final collegiate job was a four-year stint at Oklahoma State, though he was just 35-70 with the Cowboys
  • Worked for a total of 13 seasons (1983-90 and 1995-2001) as head coach at George Rogers Clark HS in Winchester, KY

Guy Strong Coaching Tree

  • Terry Carroll (Denver)
  • Bob Daniels (Marshall, Kentucky Wesleyan)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels