Morehouse Mourns The Loss of Arthur McAfee Jr., A Former Athletic Director With The Most Basketball Wins In College History

Date Released: March 7, 2018

Updated on March 20, 2018 (See Related Content)Morehouse Mourns Coach Arthur McAfee

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Arthur McAfee Jr., the beloved former Morehouse College athletic director who was the winningest basketball coach in school history, died Wednesday in Atlanta. He was 88.

McAfee won 464 games as basketball coach at Morehouse from 1965 to 2000, with his 1990 team – featuring future NBA player and current New York Knicks executive Harold Ellis – advancing to the NCAA Division II Final Four. 

That makes it fitting that the court dedicated in his honor this year at Franklin Forbes Arena, the Arthur J. McAfee Court, will be the site of the NCAA Division II Tournament, where for the first time top-seeded Morehouse will host the South Region’s first and second rounds.

A member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics halls of fame, McAfee’s teams won three SIAC titles and made three NCAA tournaments.

His winning record continues to inspire coaches and players at Morehouse.

“He was always concerned about his players,” said current Morehouse head basketball coach Grady Brewer ’80. Brewer played for McAfee and was his assistant coach for 13 years before taking over the program when McAfee retired in 2000.

“But it wasn’t just about basketball,” Brewer added. “He was always concerned about you being a man, making sure you made sounds decisions as a man.  He gave a lot of Morehouse Men opportunities they never would have had if it weren’t for him believing in them and giving them an opportunity to play at Morehouse.”

McAfee was a 1951 graduate of Wichita State University who also served as a coach at Lane College, Mississippi Valley State University, Lincoln University (Mo.) and Bishop College (Texas). McAfee also served as third vice president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

He once told Sports Illustrated in an article in 1990 about his dedication to Morehouse College and seeing his former athletes go on to successful careers.

“I don’t have a TV show and I don’t have a shoe contract,” he said.  “But when I look up here and see 25 years, I know it hasn’t been a bad life.”

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Last Modified: March 20, 2018, 12:03 PM, by: Kara Walker

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