Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Howie Ortner Big Red Teams

The 1933-1934 Cornell Big Red (above) would finish their season 11-5 and runner-ups in the EIBL (the predecessor conference to the Ivy League). It was the highest winning percentage by a Cornell team during the 1930s. Their coach, Howard Ortner (class of '19) would retire just two years later after the '35-'36 season. Ortner was the coach of Cornell's 1924 EIBL (Ivy League) championship team and was president of the NABC during 1935.

Ortner coached the Big Red for 17 seasons, commencing the 1919-1920 season, the first year after his graduation from Cornell. He was also an All-America basketball player at Cornell and team captain in 1916, 1917, and 1919. During the 1917-18 season he was in the military service.

Below, a photo of then college senior, Howard Ortner in the February 15, 1919 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun.


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