| Wins against Kentucky - 1 | Losses against Kentucky - 2 |
Alma Mater: Chicago 
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Date Born: December 19, 1898
Date Died: November 22, 1992
Overall Record: 557-393 [41 Seasons]
Namesake of: Hinkle Fieldhouse
|3/16/1962||Kentucky vs. Butler||W||81 - 60||NCAA Mideast Regional Semifinals (at Iowa City, IA)|
|3/6/1943||Kentucky vs. Great Lakes||L||39 - 53||(at Louisville, KY)|
|2/11/1936||Kentucky at Butler||W||39 - 28||-|
Paul D. “Tony” Hinkle was the man who molded Butler University’s athletic tradition. He served Butler for nearly half a century as a teacher, coach and athletic administrator, and then continued to stay active at the university following his retirement in 1970, filling the position of special assistant to the president.
The legendary coach came to Butler in 1921 and, except for a brief interruption in the early 1940’s when he served as a naval officer, he remained with the university until his death in September, 1992. Among his many accomplishments was a basketball national championship in 1929. He led Butler to its first NIT berth in 1958 and to its first NCAA Tournament berth in 1962. In 1966, the Butler Fieldhouse was renamed Hinkle Fieldhouse in his honor. He coached in the East-West College All-Star game, the Indiana-Kentucky College All-Star game, and in the first game between the United States all-star team and the Soviet Union all-stars. While serving in the navy in 1943, he coached the Great Lakes team to a memorable upset of previously unbeaten Notre Dame.
During his time at Butler, Hinkle coached the school’s football, basketball and baseball teams to over 1,000 victories, placing him among the nation’s all-time winningest collegiate coaches and earning him a reputation as one of the nation’s top three-sport coaches of all-time. His 560 career basketball wins rank him among the NCAA’s “Top 40” all-time winningest basketball coaches, and his 41 years of coaching service rank fifth on the NCAA’s all-time list behind Phog Allen of Kansas, Jim Phelan of Mount St. Mary’s, Ed Diddle of Western Kentucky and Ray Meyer of DePaul.
Hinkle, born Dec. 19, 1898, was a member of the James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the Helms Foundation Football and Basketball Halls of Fame, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the NACDA Hall of Fame. He was a president of the National Collegiate Basketball Coaches Association, and in 1962, he received the NCBCA’s top award for his contributions to the game. He was also voted a special citation from the Football Writers Association of America for his work in college football.
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