Paul D. Hinkle
Paul D. Hinkle
Hinkle's impact on athletics at Butler, in Indiana and across the nation is inestimable. He has been involved with the University as coach, teacher, and athletic director since 1921. He garnered more than 1,000 victories in coaching football, basketball, and baseball. He finished his career as the seventh winningest NCAA basketball coach with 560 victories, including the 1929 National Championship. He was assistant coach of the 1924 Butler University National Collegiate Basketball Championship team (A.A.U.). As an interesting note, Hinkle developed the concept of using an orange-colored basketball. He was an All-Western Conference (now Big Ten) basketball guard and a 1920 basketball All-American. The former professional athlete and president of NCBCA has been much honored and is a member of the following halls of fame: James Naismith Baskebtall, Helms Foundation Football (as coach), and Basketball (as player and coach), NACDA, and Indiana Basketball and Football. Hinkle coached the first USA-USSR basketball game played in the United States.