Tippy Dye

Tippy Dye (1915-2012)

Teams coached: Brown Bears, Ohio State Buckeyes, Washington Huskies
Brown record: 11-7 (.611)
Ohio State record: 53-34 (.609)
Washington record: 156-91 (.632)
Overall record: 220-132 (.625)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  3  (1950, 1951, 1953)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1953)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  1  (1953)
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • PCC Regular Season Champion:  2  (1951, 1953)
  • Big Ten Regular Season Champion:  1  (1950)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1950-1959 Washington
1946-1950 Ohio State
1942-1943 Ohio State (asst)
1941-1942 Brown

Tippy Dye Facts

  • William Henry Harrison Dye
  • Born April 1, 1915
  • Died April 11, 2012
  • Hometown: Harrisonville, Ohio
  • Alma Mater: Ohio State University (BA, 1937)
  • Got his nickname from his namesake William Henry Harrison’s campaign slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler, too”
  • Played football, baseball and basketball at Ohio State, the latter under head coach Harold Olsen
    • As starting QB, led the Buckeyes to three straight football victories over Michigan
    • Was a two-time all-conference selection as a guard on the basketball team; team captain in 1937
    • Spent two years playing with the American Football League’s Cincinnati Bengals after graduation
  • Started his coaching career at Grandview Heights HS (OH)
  • Became head basketball coach – and assistant football coach – at Brown in 1941, going 11-7 that year
  • Returned to his alma mater the following year to be an assistant coach in both basketball and football
    • Served three years in the US Navy (1943-46) during World War II
  • Became the Buckeyes’ head basketball coach in 1946 when he returned from the War
  • Left OSU in 1950 to take over the basketball program at Washington; was head coach for nine seasons
  • Stepped away from coaching in 1959 to become the athletic director at Wichita State University
  • After three years at WSU, Dye left for the same role at the University of Nebraska
    • Over five years in Lincoln, Dye helped vault the Huskers’ football program into a national power
  • Dye spent seven years as the athletic director at Northwestern before retiring in 1974 at age 59
  • Inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame (c/o 1996) and Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame (c/o 2008)
  • Passed away in 2012 just days after turning 97
    • Along with his late wife, Mary, had one daughter and one son

Tippy Dye Coaching Tree

  • Joe Cipriano (Nebraska, Idaho)
  • Neil Johnston (Philadelphia Warriors)
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