Kenneth J. Kaufman (Coach)
Kenneth J. Kaufman (Coach)
Title: Class of 2003
Organization: Men's Basketball

Here's a question: What WPI individual is responsible for the most positive sports publicity received by this school in the past two years? Here's a second question: What WPI individual has been the most honored in the past two years? The answer very well may be one Kenneth J. Kaufman.

The name Ken Kaufman is synonymous with WPI athletics. He has served this school extremely well over the past 33 years-as an assistant basketball coach, as head men's basketball coach, and as an assistant to the director.

He was head coach from 1975-76 through 2000-01. He is the winningest coach in WPI basketball history. The '80s are considered the most successful basketball decade in WPI major sport history. From 1981-82 through 1988-89, Ken's teams finished 119-79, good for an excellent .601 winning percentage. NCAA and ECAC tournament berths occurred along the way.

From 1981-82 through 1996-97, his teams produced double-figure wins every year. That's 17 straight years of exciting and extremely competitive basketball, which few eras and teams in WPI history can match.

For the past dozen years, Ken worked his way through the ranks of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. In 2002-03, he became president of that prestigious organization, joining such outstanding coaches as Dean Smith, John Thompson, Mike Krzewzski, Gene Keady and Roy Williams, as well as Worcester's George Blaney and Joe O'Brien.

Ken has also worked tirelessly behind the scenes as a trustee for the Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Suffice to say, his contributions are numerous and significant. Most recently, he has spearheaded the effort to introduce a new annual award, the Bob Cousy Award, which will be presented to the nation's top guard.

Ken and his wife, Susan, have been married for 32 years. Their sons, Scott and Christopher (a WPI grad) have coached basketball in their own right.

It is with great pride that WPI inducts Kenneth Kaufman into its Athletic Hall of Fame.