Eddie Cameron, Duke's first big time basketball coach. He was 26 years old when he came to Duke, as an assistant football coach. He took over the basketball program in 1928, after being at Duke for two years. Eddie had immediate success at Duke with his teams, with a modest 9-7 record for the first year, and 18-2 for his second season, which is still one of the top winning percentages in school history. He also won six of the first seven games against UNC, the first time the rivalry was really a rivalry. In fourteen years he won 226 basketball games, and only lost 99. He also won three Southern Conference titles in 1938, 1941, and 1942. Also in 1942, he became Duke's head football coach, and guided The Blue Devil's to their first Bowl win. It was a 29-26 victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl of 1945 (he also never lost a game to rival UNC on the football field). During his career he produced two basketball, and six football All-America's. His football team also won three straight Southern Conference title's. Following his coaching career, Cameron became the athletic director in 1951, and was a founder of the Atlantic Coast Conference, most commonly known as the ACC. He also served on many NCAA committee's and Olympic groups. Along with all all of these accomplishments, he was also the inspiration/name behind Cameron Indoor Stadium (featured in my next post). After serving 47 years as a coach and administrator, he retired in 1972, leaving his legacy behind at Duke. He will always be remembered as a legend at Duke, along side Coach K. Check out my next post on the history of Cameron Indoor, and why it was named after Eddie Cameron.
Devil in a Blue Dress