Wilkes Joins Naismith Coaches Circle at Basketball Hall of Fame

Wilkes Joins Naismith Coaches Circle at Basketball Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (gohatters.com) - Former Stetson men's basketball coach Dr. Glenn Wilkes will be among several prominent coaches honored during The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement weekend as one of the newest members of the Naismith Coaches Circle. Enshrinement ceremonies run from September 5-7 in Springfield, Mass.
 
Wilkes is set to join current and former coaches Denny Crum, Cotton Fitzsimmons, John MacLeod, Jeff Capel and Frank Martin in the Naismith Coaches Circle. Each coach will be honored with an engraved granite bench to be placed the Naismith Courtyard alongside the sculpture of the first coach of basketball, Dr. James Naismith.
 
The granite benches are dedicated to those who promote the values inspired by the First Coach – teamwork, determination, self-respect, leadership, initiative and perseverance.
 
Wilkes, who was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014, roamed the Stetson sidelines for 36 years, leading the Hatters to an unparalleled era of success. During his 36-year coaching career, which came entirely at Stetson, Wilkes won 552 games and achieved 27 winning seasons.
 
The Wilkes era began in the 1957-58 season and ran consecutively through the 1992-93 campaign. He led the Hatters to a school record 22-win season in 1969-70 and again in 1974-75. Wilkes also took Stetson basketball from the NAIA ranks to the NCAA Division I level.
 
In addition to his accomplishments on the court, Wilkes served the basketball community by sponsoring the first coaching clinic in the south, the first basketball clinic for boys, the first basketball clinic for girls, and the first officials' clinic. He is also the author of seven basketball-related books.

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