| Very few Sycamores have had the lasting impact on Indiana State University athletics as Duane Klueh. Both as a player and a coach, Klueh embodied Sycamore spirit. During his three seasons on the hardwood, Klueh helped guide ISU to a mark of 68-23 (.747) under legendary coaches John Wooden and John Longfellow. Following his successful playing career, Klueh returned to Terre Haute as a coach and professor at Indiana State. |
As a player, Klueh becoming just the second Sycamore cager to earn All-American honors. In 1948, the same season in which he was named the National Player of the Year by the Helms Foundation, Klueh garnered All-American plaudits. ISU enjoyed a 27-7 record during that year and advanced all the way to the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball Championship Game. Despite ISU’s loss in the championship game, Klueh was tabbed as the NAIB All-Tournament MVP.
In 1955 he was inducted into the NAIA Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 1971 was one of just ten individuals selected to the All-Time NAIA Basketball Team. He finished his career with 1,432 points and ranks sixth all-time on the school’s career scoring list.
Not only a success as a student-athlete, Klueh assumed the duties of head men’s basketball coach in 1955 - a position he would hold for twelve years - leading the Sycamores to a school-record 182 wins. The Sycamores qualified for five berths in the NAIB postseason tournament, and two trips to the NCAA Regionals under Klueh.
He was named the Indiana Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year on four occasions (1959, 1963, 1966, and 1967), and saw ten players earn first team all-conference honors under his tutelage, including All-Americans Jerry Newsom and Butch Wade. A coach who garnered national respect amongst his peers, Klueh also served as president of the NAIA Basketball Coaches.
In addition to his success on the hardwood, Klueh also enjoyed a standout career on the tennis courts, winning the Little States Singles Championship in Indiana. He later returned to ISU and assumed the role of head tennis coach, piloting the Sycamores to a school-record 278 wins over 26 seasons. ISU’s on-campus tennis complex, constructed in 1996, bears his name. In 1982, Klueh was a part of Indiana State’s first class inducted into the ISU Hall of Fame and is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.