Bud Millikan



Herman A. "Bud" Millikan (October 12, 1920 – January 28, 2010) was the head coach of the
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team from 1950 to 1967. He compiled a 243–182 record.

Early life

Millikan was born in
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and played on the Maryville High School basketball team that won the 1937 Missouri State High School Basketball Championship at a time when there were no divisions in state tournament play. He married his high school sweetheart Maxine.

Coaching career

Millikan followed Henry Iba, who had coached at Northwest Missouri State University while Millikan was growing up in Maryville, to Oklahoma A&M. At Oklahoma State he was an All-American, president of the student body, and captain of the baseball and basketball teams. He was an assistant coach to Iba in its 1944 National Championship team. Iba gave him the nickname "Buddy," which was shortened to "Bud." Millikan who had been a member of the Oklahoma State
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did not serve in
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because of
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. He returned to coach at Maryville High School and later other schools in Iowa. Iba arranged the meeting that brought Millikan to Maryland. After Iba returned to Missouri after the interview, it was announced on the radio that Millikan had accepted an offer from Southwest Missouri State University, although in fact he had not formally accepted the offer. It prompted Maryland to tell him they could pay him more. Among Millikan's players at Maryland were Gary Williams and Joe Harrington. Williams in his autobiography “''Sweet Redemption''” wrote, “I played for a first-rate coach in Bud Millikan, but after that, nothing was first-rate in the Maryland basketball program…You couldn’t play for Bud Millikan unless you were willing to play hard on the defensive end of the court. In practice, we would practice two and half hours of defense and spend about ten minutes on offense.” According to the ''
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'', Millikan was "praised for his coaching ability but criticized as a recruiter of talent."Sports Roundup
''The Daytona Beach Morning Journal'', March 30, 1967.
Millikan coached the team to an NCAA Elite 8 appearance in 1958. During his time Cole Field House was built. Millikan did not like the size of the field house, saying at one point "It's like playing on a neutral court" with seats too far from the courts. His successor Lefty Driesell added a few thousand seats around the court, raising the hometown decibel level. Every senior who played for Millikan graduated from the school. He imposed a discipline where players were required to wear the team blazer when traveling, and in warm-ups players wore towels around their necks in an ascot-like manner.Coach Bud Millikan Endowed Scholarship for Men's Basketball - umd.edu - Retrieved January 31, 2010
/ref> Millikan resigned as the Maryland coach in 1967 and was replaced by his assistant Frank Fellows. Millikan died in
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on January 28, 2010 at the age of 89.

Head coaching record


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