Walter Riggs

Walter Riggs was a former basketball player and coach inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

High School

Riggs went to Central High School in Evansville, Indiana. On the basketball team he led Central to a regional title as a senior after leading them to a city title.


Riggs played at Evansville College (Now University of Evansville) from 1932-35, and played all four years. He was a team captain and led the purple aces in scoring in 1934-35 as he lead Evansville to an 11-7 record.

Coaching Career

Riggs entered coaching ranks and in ’47 became varsity coach at his high school alma mater, Evansville Central…On route to a state title game that Central lost to Lafayette-Jefferson, he won a sectional, regional, and semi-state in 1948.

He went on to coach Central in 4 city championships, 3 conference titles, 5 sectionals and 5 regionals. In 7 seasons his teams posted an impressive 132-43 record.

Later Career

Riggs retired from coaching to become an Evansville school administration. In 1977 Riggs was inducted into the Aces Hall of Fame and in 1988 he was entered into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

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