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Butch van Breda Kolff

Basketball (Inducted: 2001-02)

Butch van Breda Kolff

Butch van Breda Kolff served as Lafayette's men's basketball's head coach from 1951-55, and from 1984-88. In his eight seasons with the Leopards, van Breda Kolff compiled a record of 132-85 that includes several historic events. He led the Leopards to their first-ever postseason appearance in 1955 when they were invited to the NIT Tournament.

In his final season as Lafayette head coach, van Breda Kolff guided his team to one of the biggest upsets in Lafayette history when they upset eventual NCAA participant Notre Dame 83-68 at home. He guided some of Lafayette's most talented players including Jim Radcliff '57, Stu Murray '57, Otis Ellis '89, Gary Bennett '86, Ron Reynolds '87, Tony Duckett '85, Stan Morse '85, Andy Wescoe '90 and Matt Roberts '90. Van Breda Kolff went on to guide Princeton to three 20-win seasons and came within two victories of the NCAA championship in Bill Bradley's senior year. His coaching experiences took him to the University of New Orleans and several NBA teams before he retired as head coach at Hofstra at the age of 71.

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