Gene Johnson (Basketball Coach, 1928-33)

Compiled a 74-24 record in five years as head coach of the Shockers.

  • his winning percentage of .755 ranked third among all Shocker basketball coaches at the time of his induction into the Hall of Fame.

  • he led the Shockers to a Central Intercollegiate Conference co-championship in 1933 and the team finished second three times and third once.

  • Johnson left Wichita University for a distinguished coaching career in the AAU ranks, coaching the McPherson Globe Refiners to a national title and later coaching the Wichita Vickers.

  • he was selected as assistant coach of the first United States Olympic basketball team in 1936.

  • one of the game's great innovators, Johnson is credited with inventing the full-court zone press. Inducted in 1987.
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