Ned W. Wulk (August 14, 1920 – November 15, 2003) was an American basketball and baseball coach. He served as the head men's basketball coach at Arizona State University from 1958 to 1982, compiling a record of 406–272. His 406 wins are the most of any head coach history of the Arizona State Sun Devils men's basketball program. Wells Fargo Arena's basketball court was named after him in 1999. At the time of his 400th victory, he was one of only four active coaches to win 400 or more games at one school. He led Arizona State to 17 winning seasons in his 25 years and a record of 39–15 against rival Arizona.
|Born||August 14, 1920|
|Died||November 15, 2003 (aged 83)|
|(2 yrs.)||La Crosse State|
|1938–1942||La Crosse State|
|(3 yrs.)||La Crosse State|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
8–10 (NCAA University Division / Division I)
|Accomplishments and honors|
4 Border regular season (1958, 1959, 1961, 1962)
4 WAC regular season (1963, 1964, 1973, 1975)
Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1980)
Early life and careerEdit
Wulk graduated from the La Crosse State Teachers College (now UW La Crosse) in 1942. There, he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. After working as a high school physical education teacher for several years, he was hired by Xavier University in fall 1948 to serve as an assistant football coach, assistant basketball coach, and head baseball coach. He was promoted to head basketball coach after three seasons as an assistant.
Under Wulk, Arizona State reached 9 NCAA tournaments, and 3 Elite Eight appearances in 1961, 1963, and 1975. In the 1963 NCAA tournament at Provo, the Sun Devils routed UCLA in a second-round game, 93-79. The Bruins were on the brink of back-to-back national titles in ‘64 and ‘65. And in 1981, Wulk's ASU Sun Devils went to Corvallis on the final day of the regular season and defeated #1 ranked Oregon State by a score of 87-67. Wulk's 1963 team still has the school record for most wins in a season at 26. In the previous season, he set the ASU school record for longest winning streak at 18 games. He led the 1981 ASU Sun Devils of the Pac-10 to the highest national ranking in school history at #3, finishing with a record of 24-4. He was selected as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1980, when ASU finished 21-6, including 15-3 in conference play. He was fired in 1982 after one mediocre season.
Wulk was inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Fame in 2003.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Xavier Musketeers (NCAA University Division independent) (1951–1957)|
|Arizona State Sun Devils (Border Conference) (1957–1962)|
|1957–58||Arizona State||13–13||8–2||1st||NCAA University Division First Round|
|1960–61||Arizona State||23–6||9–1||T–1st||NCAA University Division Elite Eight|
|1961–62||Arizona State||23–4||10–0||1st||NCAA University Division First Round|
|Arizona State Sun Devils (Western Athletic Conference) (1962–1978)|
|1962–63||Arizona State||26–3||9–1||1st||NCAA University Division Elite Eight|
|1963–64||Arizona State||16–11||7–3||T–1st||NCAA University Division First Round|
|1972–73||Arizona State||19–9||10–4||1st||NCAA University Division Regional Fourth Place|
|1974–75||Arizona State||25–4||12–2||1st||NCAA Division I Elite Eight|
|Arizona State Sun Devils (Pacific-10 Conference) (1978–1982)|
|1979–80||Arizona State||22–7||15–3||2nd||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|1980–81||Arizona State||24–4||16–2||2nd||NCAA Division I Second Round|
Postseason invitational champion
Wulk spent eight seasons as Xavier's baseball coach.
|Xavier Musketeers (Independent) (1949–1956)|