John Egli

John Egli (1921-1982)

Teams coached: Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State record: 187-135 (.581)
Overall record: 187-135 (.581)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1955, 1965)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1955)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1966)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1954-1968 Penn State
1949-1954 Penn State (asst)

John Egli Facts

  • John J. Egli
  • Born 1921
  • Died July 1, 1982
  • Hometown: Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: Pennsylvania State University (BA, 1943)
  • The PA-native played basketball at Penn State for three seasons; was coached by John Lawther
    • Egli served as a co-captain as a senior in 1943 and was named to the All-NCAA Tournament team
  • Returned to his alma mater in 1949 to be an assistant basketball coach under Elmer Gross
    • Part of two NCAA Tournaments in five years as an assistant, including the Lions’ 1954 Final Four run
  • Elevated to head coach in 1954 following Gross’ retirement, leading the team for 14 seasons
    • Went 187-135 over his tenure at the helm, highlighted by NCAA bids in 1955 & 1965 and a NIT bid in 1966
      • Egli led the Lions to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 1955, his first year as head coach
    • Resigned from his coaching position in 1968 after going 10-10 (and 10-14 in the year prior)
  • Egli was also an assistant professor at Penn State; the University now presents the John S. Egli Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award in his honor, which annually recognizes an outstanding male and female scholar athlete
  • Died in 1982 at the age of 61 following a long battle with cancer
    • Posthumously inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1993

John Egli Coaching Tree

  • Tom Carmody (Rhode Island)
  • Bob Weiss (Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs)
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