Johnny Orr

Coach from United States of America

John M. "Johnny" Orr (born June 10, 1927) is a retired American basketball player and coach, best known as the head coach of men's basketball at the University of Michigan and at Iowa State University. Orr was born in Yale, Kansas. He grew up in the central Illinois town of Taylorville during the Great Depression. Orr attended Taylorville High School under coach Dolph Stanley and in his senior year (1944) led the Tornadoes to a state championship and a 45–0 record, the first team to ever finish a season undefeated in the Illinois High School Association's history. In 2007, Orr was voted one of the "100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament," recognizing his superior performance in his appearance in the tournament. After high school Orr went to the University of Illinois and was the youngest freshman to compete in three sports. After joining the United States Navy for the end of World War II, Orr returned to the college game at Beloit College. This reunited him with his high school coach Dolph Stanley, who had came to Beloit College as athletic director, head basketball and football coach. Orr was initially drafted in 1948 BAA draft by the Minneapolis Lakers of the  ( Wikipedia article )


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Date of birth
Place of birth
Crawford County
United States of America


Institution From To
Beloit College
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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