RECORD OF KANSAS COACHES

The inventor of Basketball, Dr. James Naismith, joined the KU faculty in 1898, and fielded the first Jayhawk team in 1898-99.  Since then, KU has a 101 year record of 1,712 wins and 734 losses, and overall percentage of 70%.  Only North Carolina and Kentucky have won more games than Kansas.  Former KU players Dean Smith and Adolph Rupp helped coach those teams to their record highs.

Roy Williams is KUís all-time winningest coach, percentage-wise, with  %.  Phog Allen, of course, leads in total wins with 590, an average of over 15 per season in an era when the average season was only 20 games.  W.O. Hamiltonís first team went 18-1, for KUís best season percent-wise, followed by his 1913-14 team which went 17-1.

Ironically, Naismith is the only KU coach to have a losing record. In 1993, Mike Lopresti of the Gannett News Service allowed that Kansas would "fire him now, peach basket and all."  Get Real, Mike!

RANK COACH YEARS WINS LOSSES PCT.
1 Roy Williams 15 (89-03 418 101 80.5
2 Larry Brown   5 (84-88) 135   44 75.4
3 Bill Self   2 (04-05)   47   16 74.6
4 Phog Allen 39 (08-09,20-56) 590 219 72.9
5 W.O.Hamilton 10 (10-19) 125   59 67.9
6 Ted Owens 19 (65-83) 348 182 65.7
7 Dick Harp   8 (57-64) 121   82 59.6
8 James Naismith   9 (98-07)   55   60 47.8

Karl Schlademan*                       (20)                         1                            0                                100.0

Howard Engleman**                   (47)                         8                            6                                  57.1                                                                                              

* Schlademan coached the first game of the 1919-20 season, but quit after first game to concentrate as head track coach.  Phog Allen, who was Athletic Director at the time, took over.

** Asst. Coach Engleman finished out the season, as Allen was ordered by his physician to take a rest after the January 17, 1947 game with Missouri.