Harold Olsen

Harold Olsen (1895-1953)

Teams coached: Bradley Braves, Ripon Crimson, Ohio State Buckeyes, Chicago Stags, Northwestern Wildcats
Bradley record: 6-9 (.400)
Ripon record: 27-10 (.730)
Ohio State record: 255-192 (.570)
Northwestern record: 19-25 (.432)
Overall record^: 207-236 (.565)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1939)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  4  (1939, 1944, 1945, 1946)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  (1939, 1944, 1945, 1946)
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Big Ten Regular Season Champion:  5  (1925, 1933, 1939, 1944, 1946)

Awards:

  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted 1959)
  • National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted 2006)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1950-1952 Northwestern
1946-1949 Chicago Stags
1922-1946 Ohio State
1919-1922 Ripon
1918-1919 Bradley

Harold Olsen Facts

  • Harold G. Olsen
  • Born May 12, 1895
  • Died October 29, 1953
  • Hometown: Rice Lake, Wisconsin
  • Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin (BA, 1917)
  • Played for Walter “Doc” Meanwell at Wisconsin; was part of the 1915-16 Helms national championship team
  • Started coaching in 1918, leading the Bradley Braves for one season and Ripon Crimson for three
    • Also coached baseball at Bradley and football at Ripon (WI)
  • Hired in 1922 to be the head coach at Ohio State, a position he would hold for the next 24 years
  • Parlayed his success at OSU into a job coaching the Chicago Stags, an original NBA franchise
    • Was 95-63 in three seasons, finishing as league runner-up in 1947
    • Notable players he coached include Andy Phillip, Max Zaslofsky, Ken Sailors, Ed Mikan and future coach Doyle Parrack
  • Finished his coaching career at Northwestern, leading the Wildcats for two seasons (19-25 overall)
    • Illness caused Olsen to step away in 1952 and he passed away a year later at age 57; survived by his daughter
  • Inducted into the Naismith HOF in 1959 as a contributor and was part of the College Basketball HOF’s inaugural class

Harold Olsen Coaching Tree

  • Philip Brownstein (Chicago Stags)
  • Cookie Cunningham (North Dakota, Washington and Lee)
  • Tippy Dye (Washington, Ohio State)
  • Doyle Parrack (Oklahoma, Oklahoma City)

 

^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA level only

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