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The 1951 SC Men's Basketball Team

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The 1951 SC Men's Basketball Team
A photograph of the Springfield College 1951 Men's Basketball Team. The team is in two rows, with the front row kneeling and the back row standing. The head coach is John W. Bunn (on the far right in the first row).
March 19, 1951
Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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Springfield College Basketball Team Papers
Springfield College
Springfield College--Sports
Springfield College--Sports--Men
Springfield College--Basketball
Springfield College--Basketball--Men
Bunn, John W. (John William), 1898-1979
Basketball players
MassachusettsHampden (county)Springfield
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John William Bunn (September 26, 1898 – August 13, 1979) was a basketball coach and Springfield College faculty member. The Wellston, Ohio native played three seasons under Coach Phog Allen at University of Kansas while earning his bachelor’s degree (1917–1921). He later became an assistant to Allen for nine seasons (1921–1930). In 1930, he became men's basketball head coach at Stanford University, where he coached college all-time great Hank Luisetti. Bunn went on to coach at Springfield College (1946–1956) and Colorado State College (now the University of Northern Colorado; 1956–63). Bunn served as Chairman of the Basketball Hall of Fame from 1949 to 1963. On October 1, 1964, Bunn was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor. For his contributions, the Basketball Hall of Fame annually presents an award in his name.