Tom Blackburn

Tom Blackburn (1906-1964)

Teams coached: Dayton Flyers
Dayton record: 352-141 (.714)
Overall record: 352-141 (.714)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1952)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  1  (1962)
  • NIT Appearances:  10  (1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1947-1964 Dayton

Tom Blackburn Facts

  • Leonard Thomas Blackburn
  • Born January 23, 1906
  • Died March 6, 1964
  • Hometown: Peebles, Ohio
  • Alma Mater: Wilmington College (BA, 1931)
  • Started his coaching career at West Carrollton HS (OH) and Xenia Central HS (OH), winning a state title in 1942
  • First arrived at Dayton in 1947, when he was hired as the Flyers’ head men’s basketball coach
    • Coached there for seventeen seasons, reaching the NCAA Tournament once and the NIT seven times
  • Was diagnosed with cancer during the 1962-63 season and the following year needed to step aside from his position for the last few games of the season
    • Blackburn passed away from cancer on March 6, 1964, just eight days removed from coaching his last game at Dayton
  • The floor at UD Arena is named Blackburn Court in his honor
    • The winner of the annual rivalry game between Dayton and Xavier is awarded the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy, named after Blackburn and former Xavier head coach and AD Jim McCafferty

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