Ev Shelton

Basketball Coach, 1939-59

Ev Shelton coached Wyoming to the 1943 NCAA Championship. As Wyoming’s head basketball coach from 1939-59, Shelton posted a 328-201 record for a .620 winning percentage. He left as Wyoming’s all-time winningest coach. He guided the Cowboys to eight conference championships and eight NCAA tournaments. He was an instrumental fund raiser for War Memorial Stadium and Fieldhouse. During his career, he served as the President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Shelton also served as Wyoming’s baseball coach. In 1982 he was awarded the highest honor in basketball when he was posthumously elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame. Inducted October 29, 1993.

Honors and Awards

  • Coached eight Conference championships, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1958
  • Coached eight NCAA tournament teams
  • Coached Wyoming’s only NCAA Basketball Championship
  • Elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame, 1982