Mr. Julien Carl Reinhardt (Deceased)
Head Basketball Coach, 1931-57, 238-273 record, second highest win total in history of program.
(Submitted by Rocke Roy for the Shipley Reunion, November, 2001 with assistance from Dr. Jimmy Reinhardt).
Julian Carl "Dutch" Reinhardt
6/24/07 - 9/11/89
Anyone associated with the Shipley era is certain to remember Coach "Dutch". He was part and parcell of all that was good in his chosen profession, and had a lasting impression on all fortunate enough to be under his tutelage. "Dutch" was coach, confessor, uncle and trusted friend to many visiting this website, and laid the foundation, over many years, for what would evolve into the most exciting run of major college basketball in the storied history of the university. Webster's defines Dutch uncle as he who admonishes sternly and bluntly, and we have all seen that side of "Dutch"; but we also know the caring and hugely compassionate ally he became when all the world seemed aligned against us.
My favorite personal story about "Dutch" took place in Kansas City. We were there competing in our first ever N.A.I.A. tournament.
The team and support staff were housed in a hotel and after our first game, a victory, some of us were of a mind to extend our victory party from 12th Street & Vine up into our hotel room. "Dutch" was on the same floor and had his room was right by the ice machine. After several trips by us to gather ice as quietly as we could, he came down the hall and entered our rumpus room. He did not rant and rave or threaten to report us to Coach Shipley, but merely related a short narrative about the extraordinary chilling power of fresh snow. Yes, it was snowing quite hard, and by the time he ambled down the hall to his room even those of us deepest in our cups divined the wisdom in his words; each window ledge comfortably supported a twelve-pack and kept them icy cold until time for another round. I hereby present two bios on a gentleman I greatly admire. The first a brief sketch of him on file in the university archives, followed by a more detailed and intimate account gleaned by his son Jimmie from the diaries and collections of his father, "Dutch".
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Julian Carl "Dutch" Reinhardt, Coach. Born 24 June 1907 in Centralia, Illinois, son of Julius and Alberta Almond Reinhardt. Graduated from University of Iowa in 1931 where he earned All-America honors in basketball. Married Martha Perkins of St. Francisville, Louisiana; two sons, Rollie and Jimmie. Came to Southwestern Louisiana Institute in September, 1931. Served as basketball coach until 1955/56 season compiling 346-253 record. Also served as freshman football coach for some years. From 1956 until 1975 was SLI/USL athletic trainer. 1975-76 served as Associate Athletic Director. Elected to Helm's Athletic Hall of Fame (1956); USL Hall of Fame (1981); Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame (1981); Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame (1984); and Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1986). Served as counselor at Red Arrow Camp, Boulder Junction, Wisconsin almost every summer after 1924. Died 11 September, 1989.
FROM HIS DIARY AND COLLECTION
Coach Reinhardt was born in 1907 in Centralia, IL. He was raised with two brothers and a sister. His father was a jeweler and his mother was hired to sing at various churches and weddings in a sweet soprano voice. He admired both parents who provided wonderful companionship and guidance.
As a youngster he loved sports and competed in hockey, basketball, baseball and track. At the U. of Iowa he earned Big 10 and All-America honors for basketball while earning a degree in Health & Physical Education. Leaving Iowa, he was hired by Bob Brown, Director of Athletics at S.L.I., where his initial duties included head basketball coach, trainer for all athletic teams, freshman football coach, intramural sports director, dorm proctor for all athletes, foreman for the waiters in the dining hall and the workers assigned to the farm, AND teaching all the H&PE classes; all of this for the princely sum of $1,800.00 for nine months !
In these early years, all the athletes played at least two sports. There were no scholarships, but some worked as waiters in the chow hall or on the school farm. Athletes played sports for fun and excitement while working on academics. Travel to out of town games was by bus or private car. A train trip was a real treat. When the basketball team made a road trip it was expected they would play three or four different teams on successive days to reduce expenses. One of "Dutch's" fondest memories was of such a trip in 1940 to north Louisiana where on four successive nights they played Louisiana College, Northwestern, Centenary College and La Tech. The team dedicated the trip to his wife, Martha, and their newborn son, Rollie. They won all four games !
World War II brought changes to the athletic program. The administration arranged for several government educational service programs to be available at S.L.I. Many fine athletes from other universities relocated here to be in these special programs for the military service, and were allowed to participate on the various athletic teams resulting in what many consider the halcyon years of sports at S.L.I. During one of those years the football team was undefeated and once tied, and thus were almost invited to the Sugar Bowl, but were passed over, only to be invited to the Oil Bowl in Houston. This was the very first bowl in school history and the team won handily despite a sloppy field. This bowl would later evolve into the Blue Bonnett Bowl.
In his long and storied career at S.L.I./U.S.L., Coach "Dutch" took care of roughly 3,660 athletes and in the classroom taught approximately 5,600 students. He was loved and respected by one and all. Many years ago he was honored for his devotion to the university by having a street within the sports complex that comprises the Cajun Dome/Cajun Field named for him.
Submitted by Rocke Roy, with assistance from Jimmie Reinhardt, currently a professor at UL.
Athletic Trainers: 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967
Coaches: 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957
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