Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, February 02, 1952, Page Five, Image 5

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Borcher, New Hoop Mentor,
Played for Oregon in 1941
By Bill Gurney
A new coach has been added
to the Oregon basketball scene
since Dad’s day last year. Bill
Borcher, familiar to sports fol
lowers of the 1941 Duck basket
ball team as a varsity forward, re
turned to take over the reigns
from John Warren, former head
basketball coach who resigned to
enter business.
Borcher learned his basketball
i fundamentals from Howard Hob
son, who had coached the Ducks
to the NCAA title in 1939. He
came to Oregon from Marshfield
high school where he compiled an
outstanding won-loss record in his
six years there.
Always Favored Sports
He has always liked sports best,
| especially basketball, but his
coaching career has been enlivened
by an interest in music, notably by
: Dixieland jazz. His dressing room
I pep talks are short and to the
| point, with plenty of time allotted
! for the playing of soothing num
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Born in 1919, Borchcr played
football and basketball in Ever
ett, Washington, until his junior
year in high sehool, when he
moved to North Bend, Oregon, just
K. stone's throw from Marshfield.
There he finished his prep career
and headed for Sacramento JC in
search of higher education.
Nearly a .Journalist
A leaning toward journalism
cropped out there, and he rose to
be sports editor of the school
paper. "I quit when they promoted
me to managing editor and I
couldn't write sports,'' stated
Borcher with a grm.
At Sacramento he was marked,
ironically enough, as a top foot
ball prospect, but only fairHuTTne
hoop sport. But the persuasive
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manner of Hobson In red him to
Oregon to play basketball.
In his two Duck varsity seasons
he was never a star: always a
capable workman on the back
boards, excelling as a feeder for
teammate Hank Andersen, now
coach at Gonzaga university.
He Got Mad
"It makes me mad, too ' says
the tall, bespectacled mentor." be
cause I read in a basketball book
by Hobson that my shooting av
erage was higher than Hank's.’’
Borcher earned ar. Oregon foot
ball letter in 1941 for Tex Oliver,
and joined the navy after gradua
tion that fall.
He says that during his navy
hitch he really learned to play
basketball; also he hart his first
coaching experience while work
ing for I’ncle Sam. He coached an<t
played at the Jacksonville, Fla.,
Naval Air Station, netting a spot
on the all-Southern team. Other
navy duty included a period as as
sistant recreation director of the
Hawaiian Islands, and a tour of
the Pacific aboard the aircraft
carrier Wasp, where he coached
the basketball team.
Unemployed for Awhile
After VJ day, Borcher was an
unemployed veteran, so he had a
talk with genial John Warren,
whom he was later to replace at
Oregon. Warren smoothed the way
for him to take the basketball job
at Marshfield high.
For his six seasons there he
compiled a fine record of 358-38,
and was in the state tournament
every year. Highlights o: Marsh
field s tournament competition
were a state championship in
1947, and a second-place finish
m 1948. Current Duck Captain
Ken Hunt was an all-state choice
for the Pirates in 1848 as was
Guard Barney Holland now a
sophomore on the Oregcn varsity
in 1949.
Played Cornet
While in Coos Bay. Borcher was
also the cornet-playing leader of
a Dixieland ja7.2. band. Not the
outdoor sportsman type music is
second only to basketball among
his interests.
As to his basketball system, he
says it is based on constant
screening to break men loose for
good shots, with extensive use of
the traditional Duck fast break.
At this writing the Webfoots
sport a Northern Division record
of two wins and two losses Their
standing changed as a result of
last night's Washington tilt, and
they are all set for tonight's cru
cial finale.
One thing is certain; their new
coach, who is certainly a talka
tive, confident optimist will be
pulling out all the stop tc win.
Losing just isn't in his blood.
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