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Ken Loeffler

Coaching ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

Not many college basketball coaches are also law professors, but Ken Loeffler was one. The Beaver Falls native graduated from high school there and later from Penn State, then began his coaching career at Geneva College (1928-1935) and had the distinction of handing Coach Clair Bee’s Long Island University cage team its first home defeat in seven years. Ken moved on to Yale, where he coached basketball for the next eight years and attended Yale Law School (one of his roommates was former President Gerald R Ford). After four years in the armed forces, Ken coached the St Louis Bombers to the Basketball Association of America title then moved to Philadelphia, where he served as a law professor at both LaSalle and Temple. He coached LaSalle’s basketball team for six years, compiling a 144-29 record and winning the NIT title in 1952 and the NCAA title in 1954. Ken completed his coaching career in 1956 after two seasons at Texas A&M, then returned to teaching as a law instructor at Monmouth College in New Jersey. Before his death in 1975, Ken was elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame, the Helms Sports Hall of Fame, and the Beaver Falls Sports Hall of Fame.