Tony Hinkle

Tony Hinkle

Coach for All Seasons
Howard Caldwell, foreword by Bob Knight, edited by Howard Caldwell
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/29/2010
Format: Paperback 42 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-22333-3
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Tony Hinkle was the man who shaped Butler University's athletic tradition. He served the institution for nearly half a century as a teacher, coach, and athletic administrator. A Hoosier legend, Hinkle worked from 1934 to 1970 as Butler's head coach of basketball, baseball, and football. But it was for basketball that he gained the most fame, creating the Hinkle System—a disciplined, high motion offense—which countless other coaches have emulated. Hinkle’s 560 career wins rank him among the NCAA's all-time winningest basketball coaches and his 41 years of coaching service rank sixth on the NCAA's all-time list behind legendary greats such as Phog Allen of Kansas, Ed Diddle of Western Kentucky, and Ray Meyer of DePaul. Based on numerous interviews with Hinkle and his players and associates, Tony Hinkle: Coach for All Seasons is an absorbing account of the life of a remarkable figure in the world of sport.

Author Bio

Howard Caldwell is a 1950 graduate of Butler University and a retired newscaster for WRTV-6 in Indianapolis. He is author of The Golden Age of Indianapolis Theaters (IUP, 2010).


“An absorbing account of a Hoosier legend who shaped Butler University's athletic tradition. With 560 career wins, this countlessly emulated coach is among the NCAA's all-time winningest.”

“Tony Hinkle may well be the most remarkable coach in American collegiate athletic history. . . . Howard Caldwell has done every fan of college athletics a great service in providing this informative and readable biography.”
 — Bob Knight

“Why 'Tony' for Paul Daniel Hinkle? Why are football legends Stagg, Rockne and Crisler major figures in the life of this widely known basketball coach? Howard Caldwell knows why and tells why in taking this da Vinci of coaching through a lifetime that has been rewarding to Hinkle, to hundreds of his former players, and to sport. ”
 — Bob Hammel

“A faithful and warm portrait of an exceptional coach.”
 —  Indiana Magazine of History

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Table of Contents


1. Finale with Overture
2. Splinter Hall to Fairview
3. Hoosier Roots and the Move North
4. Undergraduate Days
5. Launching of a Legend
6. Coping, Courting, and Coaching
7. Suspension, Reinstatement, and Promotion
8. Early Football Years
9. The Hinke System
10. Home Life and Hoosier Hysteria
11. Navy Years
12. Bountiful Basketball and Buckshot
13. Football’s Destiny
14. Pain and Disappointment
15. Basketball’s Lean and Plump Years
16. Football and Fundamentals
17. The Loss That Lingered
18. Football Glory Years
19. Basketball’s Tourney Times
20. The Late Seasons
21. Last Teams and Farewell
22. Transition and the New Life
23. Tony in the Nineties

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