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Glenn M. Curtis was a legendary Indiana High School, College and Professional Basketball coach. He won 78% of his games during his career in which his teams won 663 and lost 187. He led Lebanon, Indiana to a state title in 1918, then moved to Martinsville, Indiana

At Martinsville he became, with his teams, legendary. The Artesians, under his tutelage, won 396 games and lost 139. They won, in the period 1919-1938, 16 sectionals and 14 regionals. In a period that included the initial stardom days of John Wooden, then known as 'Johnny Wooden,' the Artesians won State titles in 1924, 1927, and 1933, with Wooden the headliner in 1927. In the five years from 1924-1928, they were in the state championship game in 1924, 1926-1928.

He was the first Indiana High School Coach (and one of four) to coach win four Indiana High School Boys Basketball Champions. He was the co-Head Coach with Tony Hinkle of the first Indiana all-star team to play Kentucky; he coached six Indianapolis Star All-star teams. He never had a losing season as a coach; in 19 years at Martinsville, his teams won 16 Sectionals (Opening Round of the State Playoffs) and 14 Regionals (equivalent to making the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

He moved on the collegiate level and returned to his alma mater, Indiana State University and became athletic director and head coach in 1938; his final season, 1946, the Sycamores won the Midwest Invitational Tourney at Chicago and finished as the National Runner-Up in the 1946 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. He was replaced by his protégé John Wooden.

He moved on to the professional ranks; briefly coaching the Detroit Falcons of the Basketball Association of America; he coached the Indianapolis Jets of the National Basketball League for two seasons before returning to high school administration as the Martinsville Superintendent of Schools from 1948-1955. He died in 1958.

High School

Years School Wins Losses Pct. Highlight
1917-1918 Lebanon 28 2 .933 STATE CHAMPION
1918 Mooresville unk. unk. unk. Coached 9-10 games
1918-1938 Martinsville 396 139 .740 STATE CHAMPION - 1924, 1927, 1933

23 seasons 3 schools 424 - 141; 4 State Titles (1918, 1924, 1927, 1933)


Season Wins Losses Pct. Highlight
1938-1939 10 9 .526
1939-1940 15 3 .833
1940-1941 11 8 .579
1941-1942 17 4 .810
1942-1943 13 4 .765
1943-1944 17 4 .810
1944-1945 18 6 .750
1945-1946 21 7 .750 NAIA NATIONAL FINALIST
8 seasons 122 45 .731 #3 All-Time Wins ISU


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