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Cliff Aultman

Coaching ∙ Geneva

 

 

 

 

Cliff Aultman earned 15 letters at Geneva College in football, basketball, track, and tennis, making him one of the most versatile athletes in the history of the school. He played football under Coach Howard Harpster and basketball for Ken Loeffler. Cliff captained the 1934 and 1935 Geneva cagers, who beat such eastern powers as City College of New York and Long Island University. After graduating from Geneva in 1935, he coached at Avalon High before beginning a 22 year basketball coaching career at Geneva, where his teams won 291 games and lost 221 against strong competition. His best teams had a 104-32 record between 1952 and 1957 and played in the NAIA title tournament at Kansas City four times. Cliff also coached the Indonesian team in the 1958 Asian Games and was a member of the US Olympic Committee Board of Directors in 1964. He served as president of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in 1963 and 1964 and was elected to its Basketball Hall of Fame in 1970. Cliff stepped down as coach in 1971 but continued as Geneva’s athletic director, tennis coach, and chairman of the physical education department until his retirement in 1976.