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Amory T. "Slats" Gill
Title Head coach
College Oregon State
Sport Basketball
Born May 1, 1901
Place of birth United States Salem, Oregon
Died April 5, 1966
Place of death United States Corvallis, Oregon
Career highlights
Overall 599-392
Regional Championships - Final Four (1949, 1963)Pacific Coast Conference championship 1933, 1947, 1949, 1955, 1958
Playing career
1922-1924 Oregon State
Position Forward
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1928-1964 Oregon State
Basketball Hall of Fame, 1968

Amory Tingle "Slats" Gill (May 1, 1901 – April 5, 1966) was a men's basketball and baseball coach at Oregon State University.


Early life

Gill was born in Salem, Oregon, the youngest of eight children. His father died when he was a child. His nickname "Slats" was given to him at age 12. Gill was swimming in a local pond one summer afternoon. Upon exiting the pond, a buddy joked with Gill about his scrawny frame with his ribs protruding, which he said looked like slats in a picket fence. Gill was from then on known as Slats.[1]

Gill attended Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University) in Corvallis, Oregon. While at OAC, he played baseball from 1919 to 1921[2] and basketball from 1922 to 1924. Gill was an All-American forward in 1924.[3]

Coaching career

Gill's first head coaching position was at a high school in Oakland, California. After one season there, he returned to Corvallis to be the head coach of the Rooks (the OSU freshman team). He spent two seasons in that capacity.[1]

In the summer of 1928, OAC's current head coach Bob Hager was fired by then school president Jasper Kerr. Kerr did not look far for his new head coach. Even though Gill was only 27 years old and had just three years of coaching under his belt, Kerr hired him as the head basketball coach.[1]

In his tenure, Oregon State won five Pacific Coast Conference titles, four Northern Division championships, and a pair of Final Four appearances (1949 and 1963). His teams won eight consecutive Far West Classic titles. Gill had 599 coaching victories with the Beavers.

Gill also coached the Beavers' baseball team from 1932 to 1937.

As past president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Slats coached in the 1964 NABC All-Star Game.


Gill Coliseum

When he retired from coaching in 1964, Gill became the Oregon State athletic director, a position he held until his death from a stroke in 1966.[3]

He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Oregon State's basketball arena, Gill Coliseum, is named for him.

Personal life

Gill met his wife, Helen, on a blind date at OAC in the early 1920s. They were married in 1932. They raised two children, a son John, and a daughter Jane.[1]

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Oregon State University (Pacific Coast Conference) (1928–1959)
1928–1929 Oregon State 12-8 4-6 4th-North
1929–1930 Oregon State 14-13 7-9 4th-North
1930–1931 Oregon State 19-9 9-7 3rd-North
1931–1932 Oregon State 12-12 8-8 3rd-North
1932–1933 Oregon State 21-6 12-4 1st
1933–1934 Oregon State 14-20 7-9 3rd-North
1934–1935 Oregon State 19-9 12-4 1st-North
1935–1936 Oregon State 16-9 10-6 2nd-North
1936–1937 Oregon State 11-1 5-11 4th-North
1937–1938 Oregon State 17-16 6-14 5th-North
1938–1939 Oregon State 13-11 6-10 4th-North
1939–1940 Oregon State 27-11 12-4 1st-North
1940–1941 Oregon State 19-9 9-7 2nd-North
1941–1942 Oregon State 22-7 15-3 1st-North
1942–1943 Oregon State 22-9 12-6 2nd-North
1943–1944 Oregon State 8-16 5-11 t-3rd
1944–1945 Oregon State 20-8 10-6 3rd-North
1945–1946 Oregon State 13-11 10-6 2nd-North
1946–1947 Oregon State 28-5 13-3 1st
1947–1948 Oregon State 21-13 10-6 t-1st-North
1948–1949 Oregon State 24-12 12-4 1st Final Four
1949–1950 Oregon State 13-14 8-8 t-2nd-North
1950–1951 Oregon State 14-18 6-10 t-4th-North
1951–1952 Oregon State 9-19 3-13 5th-North
1952–1953 Oregon State 11-18 6-10 4th-North
1953–1954 Oregon State 19-10 11-15 1st-North
1954–1955 Oregon State 22-8 15-11 1st
1955–1956 Oregon State 8-18 5-11 t-6th-North
1956–1957 Oregon State 11-15 6-10 t-6th-North
1957–1958 Oregon State 20-6 12-4 t-1st
1958–1959 Oregon State 13-13 17-9 6th-North
Oregon State University (Independent) (1959–1964)
1959–1960 Oregon State 15-11
1960–1961 Oregon State 14-12
1961–1962 Oregon State 24-5
1962–1963 Oregon State 22-9 Final Four
1963–1964 Oregon State 25-4
Oregon State: 599-392
Total: 599-392

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Welsch, Jeff "Tales from Oregon State Sports". Sports Publishing. Retrieved 2007-12-17.  
  2. ^ Gill, the veteran OAC backstop. Accessed 24 March 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Amory Gill". Retrieved 2007-05-21.  

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