Johnny Orr

College Basketball Player + Professional Basketball Player + College Basketball Coach
Born Jun 10, 1927

John M. "Johnny" Orr is a retired American basketball player and coach, best known as the head coach of men's basketball at the University of Michigan and at Iowa State University.

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1927 Birth Born on June 10, 1927.


1948 21 Years Old Orr was initially drafted in 1948 BAA draft by the Minneapolis Lakers of the Basketball Association of America, the precursor to the NBA. … Read More
1950 23 Years Old In 1950, Orr played 21 games for the Bombers before moving to the Waterloo Hawks for 13 more games. … Read More


1963 36 Years Old After a long time as an assistant coach, including at Wisconsin, Orr attained a head coaching position in 1963 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, commonly known as UMass, and guided the team to 15–9 record in 1963–64.


1969 42 Years Old Shortly afterward, Orr moved to the University of Michigan as an assistant under Dave Strack, and was named head coach in 1969.
1973 46 Years Old His 1973–74 team made it to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament and Orr was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
1976 49 Years Old In 1976, Michigan was the NCAA tournament runner-up (to the undefeated Indiana Hoosiers) and Orr was named National Coach of the Year. … Read More


1980 53 Years Old Orr joined the Iowa State Cyclones in 1980. … Read More
1986 59 Years Old The following season, Orr's Cyclones reached the Sweet Sixteen of the 1986 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament with a second round victory over the number five ranked team in the nation, Michigan. … Read More


1994 67 Years Old Orr led Iowa State to four more NCAA tournament berths before retiring from Iowa State in 1994. … Read More
2007 80 Years Old …  In 2007, Orr was voted one of the "100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament," recognizing his superior performance in his appearance in the tournament. … Read More
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