Elmer Ripley

Elmer Ripley

Elmer Ripley
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1892-07-21)July 21, 1892
Staten Island, New York
Died April 29, 1982(1982-04-29) (aged 89)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1922–1925 Wagner
1927–1929 Georgetown
1929–1935 Yale
1938–1943 Georgetown
1943–1945 Columbia
1945–1946 Notre Dame
1946–1949 Georgetown
1949–1951 John Carroll
1951–1953 Army
Head coaching record
Overall 301–226 (college)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1973 (profile)

Elmer H. Ripley (July 21, 1891 – April 29, 1982) was an American college men's and professional basketball coach. In over 30 years, he coached collegiately at seven different schools as well as professionally for several teams.

Early life

Ripley was born in Staten Island, New York on July 21, 1891. After graduating from local Curtis High School, he attended Brown University.

Playing career

Considered to be one of the great basketball coaches of the last century, Ripley began his career as a player before making the switch to coach in 1922. At age 19, Ripley decided to leave Brown to play basketball professionally with the Interstate League Brooklyn Trolly Dodgers, the New York League's Utica Utes and the "Original Celtics" club. Ripley would enjoy numerous achievements including being voted among the ten best pro players from 1909 to 1926.

Coaching career

After playing, he went on to coach basketball at several major American universities and traveled the world teaching the game. Ripley began his first professional coaching tenure with Hoyas to the NCAA tournament twice. Ripley was in high demand and was hied away by several prestigious colleges including Columbia University, University of Notre Dame, and Yale University, which he coached to the 1933 Ivy League championship.

After leaving Georgetown for good in 1949, Ripley coached the Harlem Globetrotters (1953–1956), the [[1956 Summer