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Osborne Cowles

Class of 1922: Basketball, Baseball and Football

A native of Browns Valley, Minnesota, Ozzie Cowles was a three-sport star at Carleton, winning eleven letters in basketball, football and baseball. He captained both the 1920-21 and 1921-22 basketball teams to 13-4 and 14-2 records. He was named an All-State guard in basketball and an All-State halfback in football.

Following coaching stints at Rochester and Iowa State Teachers College, he was named head basketball coach at Carleton in 1924. His teams won 67 games and lost 26 for a .720 record during his six-year tenure, won three Midwest Conference Championships and recorded 32 straight home-floor wins.

After an interlude in the bond business, Cowles returned to coachng at River Falls State Teachers College, and in 1936 he was named basketball coach at Dartmouth. His teams won seven Ivy League titles and at one point captured 72 of 76 home games. In his years at Dartmouth, his teams won an incredible 80% of their games, 142 of 180.

Cowles served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in World War II, then was appointed basketball coach at the University of Michigan in 1946. In two years, his squads posted a 28-14 record and won the Big Ten title in 1947-48. In 1948 he returned to Minnesota as head basketball coach of the Gophers, and in 11 years there his teams won 148 and lost 93. He retired from coaching in 1959.

He is a member of the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame, and in 1971 he was selected for an Alumni Achievement Award from Carleton.

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