Dr Henry Clifford “Doc” Carlson

Dr Henry Clifford “Doc” Carlson

Death 1 Nov 1964 (aged 70)
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Allison Park, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 104931306 · View Source
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Basketball Hall of Fame
Henry Clifford Carlson

Enshrined 1959
Murray City, OH
July 4, 1894 - November 1, 1964


A colorful and charismatic bench coach, Clifford Carlson was a coach that opposing fans loved to hate. Shrewd and cunning, Carlson knew how to win and how to extract the most out of his talent. His antics on the sideline would often infuriate fans, opposing coaches, and players. The kind of coach who could occasionally pull off the upset, his teams were disciplined and nothing would make him alter his style. Although his own fans loved him, playing against his team was no fun. In 1922, Carlson designed the Figure 8 offense as coach at the University of Pittsburgh. This classic play, an innovative series of offensive patterns, weaves, and ball control, was based on movement and determination, and was widely copied. In 1928, Pittsburgh went a perfect 21-0 and won the national championship. Carlson's Panthers would win another title in 1930. Carlson also doubled as a physician.

Career Highlights

Created the Figure 8 offense, 1922
Helms National Championship with Pittsburgh, 1928, 1930
First coach to take an Eastern team out West, 1931
Advocate of intersectional collegiate play

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  • Created by: Linda Hughes Hiser
  • Added: 10 Feb 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 104931306
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Henry Clifford “Doc” Carlson (4 Jul 1894–1 Nov 1964), Find A Grave Memorial no. 104931306, citing Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Linda Hughes Hiser (contributor 46786223) .