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Arthur Kahler
  • Won the 1918 Basketball State Championship with Arkansas City High School
  • All-Kansas center three times and All-American twice at Southwestern College
  • Only person to be Head Coach at two different major colleges at the same time
Kahler, Arthur
Inducted 1974

Born: December 27, 1897 – Arkansas City, Kansas

Died: April 23, 1982 – Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Graduated: Arkansas City (KS) H.S., 1919; Southwestern (KS) College 1923


A native of Arkansas City, Arthur D. Kahler became one of Southwestern College’s most famous athletes, coaches, and administrators in a career that spanned over two decades.

Playing Career & Early Coaching Highlights

Kahler, known affectionately as the “Ox,” played on the 1918 state championship basketball team for Arkansas City (KS) High School. He earned 12 varsity letters at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas and was an All – Kansas center in basketball three times and All – American twice. Kahler coached football, basketball and track at Kansas high schools in Lyons and Coffeyville as well at Sterling (KS) College.

"Believe It Or Not"

Kahler was the legendary coach who made “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” as the only person to coach at two different major colleges at the same time – head basketball coach at Brown University and football coach at Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA.). His 1937 football team at Dickinson (PA) College was unbeaten, the first time that had ever happened.  He was named “Who’s Who” in Pennsylvania in 1939 before entering the armed services.

Coaching at Southwestern

Following service in the United States Navy (1942–46), he was athletic director and coach at Southwestern College, and had won–loss records of 143–35–8 in football, 175–60 in basketball and 94–12 in dual track and field meets. His 1946 football team won the only CIC championship in school history.