1960: Chairman of US Basketball Committee.
1972: In Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
(Player: 1918-1920); Athletic Director: 1950-64)
Born at Horton, Kansas, in 1898, Arthur C. "Dutch"
Lonborg was a three-sport letterman at Kansas, earning honors in football,
basketball and baseball. He was a three-time all-conference performer in
football (1917-19) and was twice named all-conference in basketball,
including being named All-American in 1919.
After graduating from the Kansas University School of
Law, Lonborg had a two-year stint in coaching at McPherson College, followed
by four years at Washburn University, where his 1925 team won the national
AAU title. He then began a 23-year career as basketball coach at
Northwestern University. He compiled 237 wins to rank him first on the
school’s all-time victory list, leading the Wildcats to Big Ten titles in
1931 and 1933.
While at Northwestern, he was named President of the
National Association of Basketball Coaches in 1935-36, and was instrumental
in organizing the first NCAA basketball tournament in 1939. The first
championship game, in which Oregon defeated Ohio State, was played in
Northwestern’s Patten Gymnasium.
He returned to his alma mater in 1950 as KU’s director
of athletics, a position he held for 14 years. During his tenure, the
Jayhawks won 38 conference titles in all sports and took four NCAA crowns in
various sports, including the 1952 basketball title. In addition, Allen
Fieldhouse, Quigley Field (now Hoaglund-Maupin Stadium) and Memorial Stadium
expansion projects were completed.
Lonborg served as Chairman of the US Olympic
basketball committee from 1956-60, and served as the manager of the 1960
Olympic basketball team. He also spent 13 years as the chairman of the NCAA
basketball tournament committee, and as chair of the 1959 U.S. Pan American
A member of the KU Athletics Hall of Fame and the
Helms Foundation Hall of Fame, he was elected to the Naismith Basketball
Hall of Fame in 1972, and passed away in 1985.
Sources (Books and Articles):
Evans, Harold C. (May 1942), Some Notes on College
Basketball in Kansas
Hendel, John (1991) Kansas Jayhawks: History Making
Isaacs, Neil D. (1975), All the Moves: A History of College
Nelson, Eric & Laurette McMillen, (1993), Crimson & Blue
Handbook, page 26.
Rife, Max L., Masters Thesis, Basketball in its early years
at the University of Kansas, 1898-1925
Sources (Internet Biographies):
- Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: http://www.hoophall.com/
- Kansas Sports Hall of Fame: http://www.kshof.com
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
- Hickok Sports: http://www.hickoksports.com/