Johnny Orr

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Johnny Orr
Johnny Orr.png
Orr from 1975 Michiganensian
Sport(s)Basketball
Biographical details
Born(1927-06-10)June 10, 1927
Yale, Kansas[1]
DiedDecember 30, 2013(2013-12-30) (aged 86)
Des Moines, Iowa
Playing career
1944–1945
1946–1949
1949–1950
1949–1950
Illinois
Beloit
St. Louis Bombers
Waterloo Hawks
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1951–1959
1959–1963
1963–1966
1967–1968
1968–1980
1980–1994
Dubuque HS
Wisconsin (Assistant)
UMass
Michigan (Assistant)
Michigan
Iowa State
Head coaching record
Overall466–346 (.571)
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
Big Ten Coach of the Year (1974)
National Coach of the Year (1976)
100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament (2007)
 
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Johnny Orr
Johnny Orr.png
Orr from 1975 Michiganensian
Sport(s)Basketball
Biographical details
Born(1927-06-10)June 10, 1927
Yale, Kansas[1]
DiedDecember 30, 2013(2013-12-30) (aged 86)
Des Moines, Iowa
Playing career
1944–1945
1946–1949
1949–1950
1949–1950
Illinois
Beloit
St. Louis Bombers
Waterloo Hawks
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1951–1959
1959–1963
1963–1966
1967–1968
1968–1980
1980–1994
Dubuque HS
Wisconsin (Assistant)
UMass
Michigan (Assistant)
Michigan
Iowa State
Head coaching record
Overall466–346 (.571)
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
Big Ten Coach of the Year (1974)
National Coach of the Year (1976)
100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament (2007)

John Michael "Johnny" Orr (June 10, 1927 – December 30, 2013) was an American basketball player and coach, best known as the head coach of men's basketball at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Michigan, and at Iowa State University.

Life as a player[edit]

Orr was born in Taylorville, Illinois[2][3][4] and grew up there during the Great Depression. Orr attended Taylorville High School under coach Dolph Stanley and in his senior year (1944) led the Tornadoes to a state championship and a 45–0 record, the first team to ever finish a season undefeated in the Illinois High School Association's history.[5] In 2007, Orr was voted one of the "100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament," recognizing his superior performance in his appearance in the tournament.[6] After high school Orr went to the University of Illinois and was the youngest freshman to compete in three sports. After joining the United States Navy for the end of World War II, Orr returned to the college game at Beloit College. This reunited him with his high school coach Dolph Stanley, who had came to Beloit College as athletic director, head basketball and football coach.[7]

Orr was initially drafted in 1948 BAA draft by the Minneapolis Lakers of the Basketball Association of America, the precursor to the NBA. Orr did not play for the Lakers, and was again drafted the next year in the 2nd round by the St. Louis Bombers. In 1950, Orr played 21 games for the Bombers before moving to the Waterloo Hawks for 13 more games.

Early coaching career[edit]

In 1951, Orr was the head coach at Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa.[7] He later became an assistant coach at Wisconsin.

University of Massachusetts[edit]

Orr attained his first head coaching position in 1963 at the University of Massachusetts, commonly known as UMass, and guided the team to 15–9 record in 1963–64.[7]

University of Michigan[edit]

Shortly afterward, Orr moved to the University of Michigan as an assistant under Dave Strack, and was named head coach in 1969. His 1973–74 team made it to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament and Orr was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. In 1976, Michigan was the NCAA tournament runner-up (to the undefeated Indiana Hoosiers) and Orr was named National Coach of the Year. Orr remains the winningest coach in Michigan history with 209 wins and 113 losses.

Iowa State University[edit]

Orr joined the Iowa State Cyclones in 1980. The move came about when the Iowa State Athletic Director called him to inquire about Orr's assistant, Bill Frieder. When Orr learned how much Iowa State was willing to pay Frieder, Orr negotiated the job for himself (Frieder then succeeded Orr at Michigan). In Orr's fifth season in Ames, he led the Cyclones to their first NCAA Tournament berth in 40 years. The following season, Orr's Cyclones reached the Sweet Sixteen of the 1986 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament with a second round victory over the number five ranked team in the nation, Michigan. Orr claims this was the greatest victory of his career. Orr led Iowa State to four more NCAA tournament berths before retiring from Iowa State in 1994. He remains the winningest coach in Iowa State history with 218 wins and 200 losses.

Death[edit]

Orr died on December 30, 2013 at the age of 86 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.[8][9] Orr's death came from complications of a head injury suffered during a fall at his residence.[10]

Head coaching record[edit]

SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
UMass Redmen (Yankee Conference) (1963–1966)
1963–64UMass15–95–53rd
1964–65UMass13–118–22nd
1965–66UMass11–135–53rd
UMass:39–3318–12
Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten Conference) (1968–1980)
1968–69Michigan13–117–74th
1969–70Michigan10–145–9T-6th
1970–71Michigan19–712–22ndNIT Quarterfinals
1971–72Michigan14–109–5T-3rd
1972–73Michigan13–116–8T-6th
1973–74Michigan22–512–2T-1stNCAA Elite Eight
1974–75Michigan19–812–62nd
1975–76Michigan25–714–42ndNCAA Runner-Up
1976–77Michigan26–416–21stNCAA Elite Eight
1977–78Michigan16–1111–7T-4th
1978–79Michigan15–128–106th
1979–80Michigan17–138–10T-6thNIT 3rd Round
Michigan:209–113120–72
Iowa State Cyclones (Big Eight Conference) (1980–1994)
1980–81Iowa State9–182–128th
1981–82Iowa State10–175–96th
1982–83Iowa State13–155–95th
1983–84Iowa State16–136–8T-4thNIT 1st Round
1984–85Iowa State21–137–7T-3rdNCAA 1st Round
1985–86Iowa State22–119–52ndNCAA Sweet 16
1986–87Iowa State13–155–96th
1987–88Iowa State20–126–85thNCAA 1st Round
1988–89Iowa State17–127–7T-4thNCAA 1st Round
1989–90Iowa State10–184–106th
1990–91Iowa State12–196–85th
1991–92Iowa State21–135–9T-6thNCAA 2nd Round
1992–93Iowa State20–118–6T-2ndNCAA 1st Round
1993–94Iowa State14–134–10T-6th
Iowa State:218–20079–117
Total:466–346

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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