Gene Bartow, a 1952 Truman graduate, will be inducted into the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Hall of Fame this June.
Bartow gained notoriety as he coached six universities in 34 seasons and won 674 games while making 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament. Bartow, a native of nearby Browning, Mo., played sparingly for Boyd King and the Truman menâ??s Basketball team when he enrolled at the university in 1948.
As a student, Bartow began his coaching career at Greentop High School and graduated with a bachelor of science in education in 1952. Following a two-year stint in the Army, Bartow coached high school ball at Shelbina and St. Charles, Missouri before moving up to the collegiate ranks. He coached teams at the University of Central Missouri, Valparaiso (Ind.), Memphis State (Tenn.), Illinois and followed John Wooden on the bench at the University of California-Los Angeles. Bartow rounded out his coaching career at the University of Alabama-Birmingham with the dual role of Director of Athletics, where he retired in 2000. He was inducted into the Truman Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987, the Alabama and Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1989, the University of Central Missouri Hall of Fame in 2000 and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. Bartow passed away in January of 2012.
Courtesy Truman State University