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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.

Ned Wulk
Biographical details
Born(1920-08-14)August 14, 1920
Marion, Wisconsin
DiedNovember 15, 2003(2003-11-15) (aged 83)
Tempe, Arizona
Playing career
Football
(2 yrs.)La Crosse State
Basketball
1938–1942La Crosse State
Baseball
(3 yrs.)La Crosse State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1948–1956Xavier (assistant)
Basketball
1948–1951Xavier (assistant)
1951–1957Xavier
1957–1982Arizona State
Baseball
1949–1956Xavier
Head coaching record
Overall495–342 (basketball)
61–39–1 (baseball)
TournamentsBasketball
8–10 (NCAA University Division / Division I)
2–2 (NIT)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Basketball
4 Border regular season (1958, 1959, 1961, 1962)
4 WAC regular season (1963, 1964, 1973, 1975)
Awards
Basketball
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.[1]

Arizona StateEdit

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

BasketballEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Xavier Musketeers (NCAA University Division independent) (1951–1957)
1951–52 Xavier 10–14
1952–53 Xavier 11–12
1953–54 Xavier 18–12
1954–55 Xavier 13–13
1955–56 Xavier 17–11 NIT Quarterfinal
1956–57 Xavier 20–8 NIT Quarterfinal
Xavier: 89–70
Arizona State Sun Devils (Border Conference) (1957–1962)
1957–58 Arizona State 13–13 8–2 1st NCAA University Division First Round
1958–59 Arizona State 17–9 7–3 T–1st
1959–60 Arizona State 16–7 7–3 T–2nd
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
1964–65 Arizona State 13–14 4–6 5th
1965–66 Arizona State 12–14 3–7 6th
1966–67 Arizona State 5–21 1–9 6th
1967–68 Arizona State 11–17 4–6 T–4th
1968–69 Arizona State 11–15 4–6 T–5th
1969–70 Arizona State 4–22 2–12 8th
1970–71 Arizona State 16–10 8–6 4th
1971–72 Arizona State 18–8 9–5 T–2nd
1972–73 Arizona State 19–9 10–4 1st NCAA University Division Regional Fourth Place
1973–74 Arizona State 18–9 9–5 T–2nd
1974–75 Arizona State 25–4 12–2 1st NCAA Division I Elite Eight
1975–76 Arizona State 17–10 5–9 7th
1976–77 Arizona State 15–13 6–8 T–5th
1977–78 Arizona State 13–14 6–8 T–4th
Arizona State Sun Devils (Pacific-10 Conference) (1978–1982)
1978–79 Arizona State 16–14 7–11 T–6th
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
1981–82 Arizona State 13–14 8–10 T–6th
Arizona State: 406–272 186–132
Total: 495–342

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

BaseballEdit

Wulk spent eight seasons as Xavier's baseball coach.[2]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Xavier Musketeers (Independent) (1949–1956)
1949 Xavier 7–5
1950 Xavier 6–6
1951 Xavier 12–4
1952 Xavier 6–5
1953 Xavier 6–4
1954 Xavier 10–2–1
1955 Xavier 8–4
1956 Xavier 6–9
Xavier: 61–39–1
Total: 61–39–1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ned Wulk of Hartford to Coach at Xavier". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. September 3, 1948. Archived from the original on June 29, 2015. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "NCAA Database".