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Pat Tallent
Pat Tallent

Basketball (Inducted 1990)


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Pat Tallent, who played three seasons at Kentucky for legendary coach Adolph Rupp, transferred to GW in 1967 and, after sitting out the '68 campaign, played one memorable season. The 1969 Colonials, 14-11, had their first winning season in nine years and Tallent was something special. The 6-foot-1 guard finished as the nation's fifth leading scorer with a 28.9 average, becoming the greatest single-season scorer in GW basketball history. While breaking six school records, he also earned a spot on the Helms Foundation All-America team.

After gaining his bachelor's degree in civil engineering and following a brief pro stint with Denver's ABA Rockets, the Langley, Ky., native returned to Washington and in 1970-71 joined the Colonials' coaching staff. After four years of coaching success with freshman and junior varsity teams, he became--at age 28--one of the youngest college head coaches in the nation. In seven seasons at GW ('75-81) he notched at 102-84 mark, second winningest in school history.

Tallent has been with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of the National Capital Area for the past nine years, where he is now director of marketing for the firm. He and his family reside in Arlington, Va.

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