Arad A. McCutchan Coach
Inducted in 2006
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee 1981
McCutchan played basketball for four years at Evansville before graduating in 1934. He coached high school basketball for nine season, then after serving three years in WWII, returned to Evansville as head coach and math professor for 31 years. Nicknamed "Mac", his enthusiasm, humor, and a colorful "get it done" style made him a favorite of Purple Aces fans all over the tri-state area. As a disciplinarian who stressed fundamentals and team play, "Mac" made Evansville basketball a model of small-college success. McCutchan's teams dominated their conference and owned the NCAA college division tournament. He coached several All-America players, including future Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. Mac drove Evansville to three undefeated seasons and five NCAA College Division championships. He was named NCAA College Division Coach of the Year in 1964 and again in 1965. When he retired in 1977, McCutchan and UCLA's John Wooden were the only two coaches in college basketball history to have won at least five NCAA championships.
Where They Are Now
Died June 16, 1993
Where They Were
University of Evansville 1947-1977