Harold Anderson

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W. Harold Anderson (September 11, 1902 – June 13, 1967) was a college men's basketball coach at Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo. As a player, he played at Otterbein College, a small liberal arts college outside of Columbus, Ohio. As a coach, he was one of the first to win more than 500 games on the collegiate level. While pioneering the run and gun, up-tempo style of play, the Akron, Ohio native Anderson developed a host of All-America athletes, the most prominent being Nate Thurmond.

From 1960 to November 11, 2011,[1] the Bowling Green Falcons played basketball in Anderson Arena, named in honor of their legendary coach. Anderson was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985. He is one of the charter inductees of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.

Head coaching record[edit]

Toledo Rockets (Independent) (1934–1942)
1941–42Toledo23-5NIT Semifinals/Nit 4th Place
Bowling Green Falcons (1942-1953 Independent,1953-1963 MAC) (1942–1963)
1942–43Bowling Green18-5
1943–44Bowling Green22-4NIT Quarterfinals
1944–45Bowling Green24-4NIT Runner Up
1945–46Bowling Green27-5NIT Quarterfinals
1946–47Bowling Green28-7
1947–48Bowling Green27-6NIT Quarterfinals
1948–49Bowling Green24-7NIT Semifinals/NIT 3rd Place
1949–50Bowling Green19-11
1950–51Bowling Green15-12
1951–52Bowling Green17-10
1952–53Bowling Green12-15
1953–54Bowling Green17-710-32ndNIT Quarterfinals
1954–55Bowling Green6-165-9T-5th
1955–56Bowling Green4-191-117th
1956–57Bowling Green14-97-5T-3rd
1957–58Bowling Green15-86-64th
1958–59Bowling Green18-89-3T-1stNCAA 1st Round
1959–60Bowling Green10-146-63rd
1960–61Bowling Green10-144-8T-5th
1961–62Bowling Green21-411-11stNCAA 1st Round
1962–63Bowling Green19-89-31stNCAA 2nd Round
Bowling Green:367-19568-55

      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


  1. ^ "BGSU announces Stroh Center debuts". The Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 

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