| Wins against Kentucky - 1 | Losses against Kentucky - 0 |
Alma Mater: Mississippi
Hometown: Waveland, IN
Date Born: November 9, 1890
Date Died: December 31, 1965
Overall Record: 33-9 [3 Seasons]
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Obituary - Danville (VA) Register (January 1, 1966)
Guy Spruhan, Veteran Coach, Dies at Age 75
SALEM - Guy Harvey (Pinky) Spruhan, of Salem, one of Virginia's best known sports figures, died early Friday in a Roanoke hospital. He was 75.
Spruhan had been associated with sports in the Roanoke area for 53 years as a coach at Virginia Military Institute, Roanoke College, Andrew Lewis High School and as commissioner of the Southwest Virginia Football Officials Association.
Spruhan was a native of Waveland, Ind., where he gained acclaim as an all-around athlete. He attended Ohio Northern University two years and competed in 1911 against Notre Dame and the immortal Knute Rockne.
He gained his nickname "Pinky" during his first day of practice at Ohio Northern when he wore a faded red high school jersey.
His first coaching job was at Roanoke College in 1913. His Roanoke basketball teams from 1913 to 1917 posted record of 48 wins and only 12 defeats.
After brief service in the Army, he was named head basketball coach at VMI. He held the position from 1919 until 1921 and his three teams had an overall record of 45-10.
His 1921 team lost only to Pennsylvania during a 17-game schedule and claimed the championship of the south Atlantic area.
Spruhan returned to Roanoke College in 1921 to rebuild the school's athletic program. He was head coach of all sports until 1931, when he resigned to open a sporting goods store.
Early in World War II, Spruhan took a position with the Radford Powder Plant and later went to Virginia Tech to direct the athletic program for the Army specialized training program at the school.
In 1944, Spruhan became head coach of all sports at Andrew Lewis High and produced outstanding football and basketball teams.
After serving seven years at Lewis, Spruhan became manager of the book store for the Roanoke County School System. He held this position three years before his retirement.
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