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Dayton Flyers
DaytonFlyers
School Name: University of Dayton
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Arena: UD Arena
Capacity: 13,455
Conference: Atlantic 10
Head coach: Archie Miller

The Dayton Flyers men's basketball team is a college basketball program that competes in NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Ten Conference representing the University of Dayton. They are known for a rivalry with Xavier University, playing for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy each year.

HistoryEdit

The first collegiate basketball team began play in Dayton during the 1903-04 season. Then known as St. Mary's Institute, the school's early teams were informally nicknamed "The Saints" by local sportswriters and competed against colleges, high schools, and club teams throughout the Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and New York region.[1] In 1920 the school changed its name to the University of Dayton and its sports teams gradually became known as the Flyers. World War II brought a two year hiatus to the basketball program between 1943 and 1945. In 1947, Tom Blackburn succeeded James Carter as the school's first full time head basketball coach. His leadership established Dayton as a national basketball power, winning the National Invitational Tournament in 1962, reaching the NIT finals six times during the 1950s and early 1960s, and a securing a #2 AP ranking for most of the 1955-1956 season. In 1950, the Flyers constructed the University of Dayton Fieldhouse for their home games. Don Donoher took over as head coach when Blackburn died due to cancer in 1964. The 24-season Donoher era was one of Dayton's finest, producing eight NCAA tournament invitations and a trip to the NCAA finals in 1967. The UD Arena became the Flyer's home court at the start of the 1969-70 season.

The Flyers continued to enjoy success in the 1970s and 80s, reaching the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 1974 and Elite Eight in 1984. The team remained an NCAA independent until the 1987-88 season when the school began play in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. The Flyers won the MCC conference tournament in 1990, advancing to the NCAA tournament second round. The Flyers moved to the Great Midwest Conference in 1993, but produced a dismal 1-23 conference record over their two seasons of league play. In 1995 the Flyers accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic Ten Conference where they remain today.

On April 9, 2003, the University of Dayton announced Brian Gregory would become the 18th head basketball coach for the Flyers. Gregory enjoyed immediate success with his new team, guiding the senior laden Flyers to a 24-9 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in his inaugural season.[2] Gregory has compiled a 75-49 record with the Flyers through four seasons. The 2006-07 team finished the season 19-12 with wins over NCAA tournament bound Louisville, Creighton, Holy Cross, Miami, and George Washington.[3]

The Flyers opened the 2007-08 campaign with a 14-1 record and wins over 12th-ranked Louisville, 6th-ranked Pittsburgh and 22nd-ranked Rhode Island. On December 31 the team was voted into both Top 25 polls for the first time since 2003. The team reached as high as 14th in the AP Poll and 18th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. However injuries to Chris Wright and Charles Little derailed Dayton's season. The Flyers finished 9-10 in conference play, but 23-11 overall and were able to reach the quarterfinals of the NIT.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Season Head Coach Overall Conf. Postseason Notes
1903-04 No Coach 5-1 -
1904-05 No Coach 6-1 -
1905-06 No Coach 7-2 -
1906-07 No Coach 14-0 -
1907-08 No Coach 10-3 -
1908-09 No Coach 12-2 -
1909-10 Fr. William O'Malley 5-6 -
1910-11 Fr. William O'Malley 10-1 -
1911-12 Harry Solimano 13-0 -
1912-13 Harry Solimano 11-1 -
1913-14 Harry Solimano 5-4 -
1914-15 Al Mahrt 4-4 -
1915-16 Alfred McCray 11-2 -
1916-17 Alfred McCray 8-3 -
1917-18 Al Mahrt 2-4 -
1918-19 Al Mahrt 3-4 -
1919-20 Harry Solimano 5-8 -
1920-21 Dutch Thiele 6-16 -
1921-22 William Sherry 6-8 -
1922-23 Van Hill 9-7 -
1923-24 Harry Baujan 9-5 -
1924-25 Harry Baujan 9-11 -
1925-26 Harry Baujan 7-8 -
1926-27 Harry Baujan 10-9 -
1927-28 Harry Baujan 11-5 -
1928-29 George Fitzgerald 9-10 -
1929-30 Bill Belanich 4-14 -
1930-31 Bill Belanich 2-15 -
1931-32 Bill Belanich 3-12 -
1932-33 Bill Belanich 7-7 -
1933-34 Louis Tschudi 9-7 -
1934-35 Louis Tschudi 4-11 -
1935-36 Joe Holsinger 3-13 -
1936-37 Joe Holsinger 7-12 -
1937-38 Joe Holsinger 6-11 -
1938-39 Joe Holsinger 2-12 -
1939-40 James Carter 4-17 -
1940-41 James Carter 9-14 -
1941-42 James Carter 12-6 -
1942-43 James Carter 9-8 -
1945-46 James Carter 3-13 -
1946-47 James Carter 4-17 -
1947-48 Tom Blackburn 12-14 -
1948-49 Tom Blackburn 16-14 - NCI 2nd Round
1949-50 Tom Blackburn 24-8 - OCT Runnerup
1950-51 Tom Blackburn 27-5 - NIT Runnerup
1951-52 Tom Blackburn 28-5 - NIT Runnerup; NCAA Sweet 16
1952-53 Tom Blackburn 16-13 -
1953-54 Tom Blackburn 25-7 - NIT Quarterfinalist
1954-55 Tom Blackburn 25-4 - NIT Runnerup
1955-56 Tom Blackburn 25-4 - NIT Runnerup
1956-57 Tom Blackburn 19-9 - NIT Quarterfinalist
1957-58 Tom Blackburn 25-4 - NIT Runnerup
1958-59 Tom Blackburn 14-12 -
1959-60 Tom Blackburn 21-7 - NIT Quarterfinalist
1960-61 Tom Blackburn 20-9 - NIT Final Four
1961-62 Tom Blackburn 24-6 - NIT Champions
1962-63 Tom Blackburn 16-10 -
1963-64 Tom Blackburn 15-10 -
1964-65 Don Donoher 22-7 - NCAA Sweet 16
1965-66 Don Donoher 23-6 - NCAA Sweet 16
1966-67 Don Donoher 25-6 - NCAA Runnerup
1967-68 Don Donoher 21-9 - NIT Champions
1968-69 Don Donoher 20-7 - NCAA 1st Round
1969-70 Don Donoher 19-8 - NCAA 1st Round
1970-71 Don Donoher 18-9 - NIT 1st Round
1971-72 Don Donoher 13-13 -
1972-73 Don Donoher 13-13 -
1973-74 Don Donoher 20-9 - NCAA Sweet 16
1974-75 Don Donoher 10-16 -
1975-76 Don Donoher 14-13 -
1976-77 Don Donoher 16-11 -
1977-78 Don Donoher 19-10 - NIT Quarterfinalist
1978-79 Don Donoher 19-10 - NIT 2nd Round
1979-80 Don Donoher 13-14 -
1980-81 Don Donoher 18-11 - NIT 2nd Round
1981-82 Don Donoher 21-9 - NIT Quarterfinalist
1982-83 Don Donoher 18-10 -
1983-84 Don Donoher 21-11 - NCAA Elite Eight
1984-85 Don Donoher 19-10 - NCAA 1st Round
1985-86 Don Donoher 17-13 - NIT 1st Round
1986-87 Don Donoher 13-15 -
1987-88 Don Donoher 13-18 -
1988-89 Don Donoher 12-17 6-6
1989-90 Jim O'Brien 22-10 10-4 NCAA 2nd Round Conference Tournament Champion
1990-91 Jim O'Brien 14-15 8-6
1991-92 Jim O'Brien 15-15 5-5
1992-93 Jim O'Brien 4-26 3-11
1993-94 Jim O'Brien 6-21 1-11
1994-95 Oliver Purnell 7-20 0-12
1995-96 Oliver Purnell 15-14 6-10
1996-97 Oliver Purnell 13-14 6-10
1997-98 Oliver Purnell 21-12 11-5 NIT 2nd Round
1998-99 Oliver Purnell 11-17 5-11
1999-00 Oliver Purnell 22-9 11-5 NCAA 1st Round
2000-01 Oliver Purnell 21-13 9-7 NIT Quarterfinals
2001-02 Oliver Purnell 21-11 10-6 NIT 1st Round
2002-03 Oliver Purnell 24-6 14-2 NCAA 1st Round Conference Tournament Champion
2003-04 Brian Gregory 24-9 12-4 NCAA 1st Round
2004-05 Brian Gregory 18-11 10-6
2005-06 Brian Gregory 14-17 6-10
2006-07 Brian Gregory 19-12 8-8
2007-08 Brian Gregory 23-11 8-8 NIT Quarterfinals
2008-09 Brian Gregory 27-8 11-5 NCAA 2nd Round
2009-10 Brian Gregory 25-12 8-8 NIT Champions
2010-11 Brian Gregory 22-14 7-9 NIT First Round

NCAA Tournament seeding historyEdit

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

Years → '79 '80 '81 '82 '83 '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10
Seeds 10 9 12 11 4 10 11

Notable Dayton basketball alumniEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Collett, R. (1989). The Dayton Flyers: A history of UD basketball. Dayton: Landfall Press.
  2. daytonflyers.cstv.com
  3. daytonflyers.cstv.com

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