Head Coach William Walter Henry Mustain

January 11, 2022

Overall Kentucky Record: 1 – 2
Years Coached:
Date of Death: January 4, 1937
Hometown: Horse Cave, KY
Alma Mater: Centre College [1899]
Notes: Administrator of Men’s Physical Education at UK; did not actually coach

1902-0312First Season

Born December 4, 1878 in Horse Cave (Hart County), Kentucky and died January 4, 1937 in Albany (Albany County), New York at the age of 58.

William Walter Henry Mustain is noted as Kentucky’s first basketball coach.  On January 24, 1903, as chairman of the Male Department of Kentucky State College’s School of Physical Culture, he presented a group of players a $3 ball and told them to begin practicing.  They played their first game just two weeks later against Georgetown College losing 15-6.

Mustaine, a native of Horse Cave, Ky., was graduate of Centre College (1899), Yale University and the University of Kentucky. Following his graduation from Centre College, he received a degree in physical education from Yale University. For 10 years he was director of physical education at UK.

Mustaine was associated with the University of Montana for eight years as director of physical education after leaving the University of Kentucky. 

He came to Albany in 1917 as a supervisor for the State military training commission and remained when the commission was absorbed two years later by the State Education Department.

Professor Mustaine was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity.

In 1999, Mustain was inducted into the Centre College Hall of Fame.  He founded and was president of the Kentucky Association of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

W W H Mustaine in his office
W. W. H. Mustaine in his office


W. W. H. Mustaine
W. W. H. Mustaine from the Blue and White, 1903