Athletic Hall of Fame
George Hauser- 2010
In his 43 years as a coach, George Hauser led hundreds of student-athletes to victories on the basketball court but more importantly better prepared them for life’s challenges off the court.
Hauser had 792 career wins, including 388 as a collegiate coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University from 1976-2003. His teams did remarkably well considering his rosters were filled with players from varying backgrounds, cultures and social class. He took them from all parts of the United States and somehow each year managed to blend a diverse group of individuals into a smooth, efficient, well-organized team.
Hauser’s teams were a direct reflection of the coach himself– gritty, determined, and no one outhustled the Bulldogs. It worked well, the Bulldogs won seven conference titles, made two trips to the NAIA National Tournament and posted 20 or more wins six times. His fellow coaches voted him either conference or district coach of the year eight different times during over five different decades.
A 1956 graduate of Edmond High School, Hauser learned from coaching legends Claudell Overton and Al Blevins as a youth. He graduated from Central State in 1960 and got his start coaching boys and girls basketball at Choctaw, Cherokee, Covington and Woodward High Schools where he won 278 games throughout the decade of the 1960’s.
Next came a college job at Bacone in 1969. It was there where his teams won the junior college scoring titles three consecutive years and once averaged 109 points per game. He left Bacone after five years to become the coach at American Christian College in Tulsa. He left ACC after three years but not before leading his team to a NCCAA National Tournament berth in 1974.
It was at SWOSU his next and final job where Hauser made his biggest impact. The community instantly took to him and his high-scoring Bulldogs. SWSOU basketball games were must-see events as crowds routinely packed Rankin Williams Fieldhouse making it one of the loudest and rowdiest stops on Oklahoma’s small college basketball circuit.
While his wins, honors and records speak volumes, his relationship with his players is what makes him such an enduring figure even in his retirement. He’s coached future teachers, doctors, lawyers, pharmacists, farmers, ranchers, FBI officials, veterinarians, accountants, salespeople, servicemen, engineers and judges, to name a few.
“Southwestern was more than a job to me.” Hauser said. “It was the greatest experience a guy could have ever hoped to have. Everyone, the students, the faculty, the administration and the people I worked with made it such a great part of my life.”
Hauser who lives in Edmond with his wife, Fran, have eight grown children: Carolyn, Donna, William, Brett, Rita, Leslie, Susan and David. The Hausers have 21 grandchildren.