March 24th marked the 60th anniversary of the NCAA championship game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the San Francisco Dons.  Led by future NBA Hall of Famers Bill Russell and K.C. Jones, the Dons won easily 83-71.  It was their second straight NCAA title. I bring this up because starting that day was one of the “Fabulous Five” for Iowa, Sharm Scheuerman.  Sharm went on to coach Iowa, spent many years calling Hawkeye games on TV and radio, coached for Athletes in Action, and also started Basketball Club International or BCI.

sharm getting blockedIowa Hawkeye Basketball History. Little caption information available. Photo appears to show a table scene during a ten-year reunion dinner for the 1956 NCAA Tournament national championship game between the San Francisco Dons and the Iowa Hawkeyes, at an unidentified location. From left are: Bill Seaberg, Bill Russell, Sharm Scheuerman and K.C. Jones. Seaberg and Scheuerman were players for Iowa, Russell and Jones for San Francisco. The Dons defeated the "Fab Five" Hawkeyes (their 56th straight win) in the national championship game, 83-71, on (3-23-56) in Evanston, Illinois (Ill.). Iowa had led early in the game, 15-4. Russell, who would become a Hall of Fame player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) where he played for the Boston Celtics from 1956-1969, scored 26 points in the title game. Jones also played for the Celtics in the NBA, from 1959-1967, and coached the team from 1983-1988. The Iowa "Fab Five" team consisted of Scheuerman, Seaberg, Carl Cain, Bill Schoof and Bill Logan. Photo 1966.

I love the photo of Sharm getting his shot blocked by Bill Russell’s arm pit! The first time I saw this photo was with Sharm and his wife, Kathy, while having lunch in downtown Denver.  Sharm and I traveled to Poland & Greece with Athletes in Action in 1989. It was his first foray back into coaching since the 60’s.  It’s been nearly 6 years since Sharm “relocated” with the Lord but his legacy lives on in BCI.  Be sure to tune in to our Court Side Live spree-cast tomorrow night at 9pm EST.  I’ll be talking about hoops, faith, coaching influences, and more with 3 former pro athletes, including former Heisman trophy winner, Charlie Ward.

Charlie Ward 2 sport star

Here is the link to the event. http://www.bciedge.org/courtsidelive/

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