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Ned Wulk

Ned Wulk
Biographical details
Born (1920-08-14)August 14, 1920
Marion, Wisconsin, USA
Died November 15, 2003(2003-11-15) (aged 83)
Tempe, Arizona, USA
Alma mater La Crosse State Teachers College '42
Playing career
(2 yrs.) La Crosse State
1938–1942 La Crosse State
(3 yrs.) La Crosse State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1948–1956 Xavier (asst.)
1948–1951 Xavier (asst.)
1951–1957 Xavier
1957–1982 Arizona State
1949–1956 Xavier
Head coaching record
Overall Basketball: 495-342
Baseball: 61-39-1
Tournaments NCAA: 8-10
NIT: 2-2

Ned W. Wulk (August 14, 1920 – November 15, 2003) was the men's basketball coach at Arizona State University from 1958 to 1982. He remains the most successful coach in the history of the men's basketball program with a record of 406 - 272 (.599) at ASU. Wells Fargo Arena's basketball court was named after him in 1999. At the time of his 400th victory, he was one of only four then-active coaches to win 400 or more games at one school. He led ASU to 17 winning seasons in his 25 years, including a record of 39-15 against rival University of Arizona.


  • Early life and career 1
  • Arizona State 2
  • Head coaching record 3
    • Basketball 3.1
    • Baseball 3.2
  • References 4

Early life and career

Wulk graduated from the La Crosse State Teachers College (now UW La Crosse) in 1942. There, he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. After working as a high school physical education teacher for several years, he was hired by Xavier University in fall 1948 to serve as an assistant football coach, assistant basketball coach, and head baseball coach. He was promoted to head basketball coach after three seasons as an assistant.[1]

Arizona State

Under Wulk, Arizona State reached 9 NCAA tournaments, and 3 Elite Eight appearances in 1961, 1963, and 1975. In the 1963 NCAA tournament at Provo, the Sun Devils routed UCLA in a second round game, 93-79. The Bruins were on the brink of back-to-back national titles in ‘64 and ‘65. And in 1981, Wulk’s ASU Sun Devils went to Corvallis on the final day of the regular season and defeated #1 ranked Oregon State by a score of 87-67. Wulk's 1963 team still has the school record for most wins in a season at 26. In the previous season, he set the ASU school record for longest winning streak at 18 games. He led the 1981 ASU Sun Devils of the Pac-10 to the highest national ranking in school history at #3, finishing with a record of 24-4. He was selected as the Pac-10 coach of the year in 1979, when ASU finished 21-6, including 15-3 in conference play. He was fired in 1982 after one mediocre season.

Wulk was inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Fame in 2003.

Head coaching record


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Xavier Musketeers (Independent) (1951–1957)
1951–52 Xavier 10–14
1952–53 Xavier 11–12
1953–54 Xavier 18–12
1954–55 Xavier 13–13
1955–56 Xavier 17–11 NIT Quarterfinal
1956–57 Xavier 20–8 NIT Quarterfinal
Xavier: 89–70
Arizona State Sun Devils (Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1957–1962)
1957–58 Arizona State 13–13 8–2 1st NCAA 1st Round
1958–59 Arizona State 17–9 7–3 T–1st
1959–60 Arizona State 16–7 7–3 T–2nd
1960–61 Arizona State 23–6 9–1 T–1st NCAA Elite 8
1961–62 Arizona State 23–4 10–0 1st NCAA 1st Round
Arizona State Sun Devils (Western Athletic Conference) (1962–1978)
1962–63 Arizona State 26–3 9–1 1st NCAA Elite 8
1963–64 Arizona State 16–11 7–3 T–1st NCAA 1st Round
1964–65 Arizona State 13–14 4–6 5th
1965–66 Arizona State 12–14 3–7 6th
1966–67 Arizona State 5–21 1–9 6th
1967–68 Arizona State 11–17 4–6 T–4th
1968–69 Arizona State 11–15 4–6 T–5th
1969–70 Arizona State 4–22 2–12 8th
1970–71 Arizona State 16–10 8–6 4th
1971–72 Arizona State 18–8 9–5 T–2nd
1972–73 Arizona State 19–9 10–4 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1973–74 Arizona State 18–9 9–5 T–2nd
1974–75 Arizona State 25–4 12–2 1st NCAA Eilte 8
1975–76 Arizona State 17–10 5–9 7th
1976–77 Arizona State 15–13 6–8 T–5th
1977–78 Arizona State 13–14 6–8 T–4th
Arizona State Sun Devils (Pacific-10 Conference) (1978–1982)
1978–79 Arizona State 16–14 7–11 T–6th
1979–80 Arizona State 22–7 15–3 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1980–81 Arizona State 24–4 16–2 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1981–82 Arizona State 13–14 8–10 T–6th
Arizona State: 406–272 186–132
Total: 495–342

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Wulk spent eight seasons as Xavier's baseball coach. Under him, the team had 10-win seasons in 1951 (12-4) and 1954 (10-2-1).[2]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Xavier Musketeers (Independent) (19491956)
1949 Xavier 7-5
1950 Xavier 6-6
1951 Xavier 12-4
1952 Xavier 6-5
1953 Xavier 6-4
1954 Xavier 10-2-1
1955 Xavier 8-4
1956 Xavier 6-9
Xavier: 61-39-1
Total: 61-39-1

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Ned Wulk of Hartford to Coach at Xavier". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. September 3, 1948. Archived from the original on June 29, 2015. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Database". 
  • Ned Wulk's obituary
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