Athletics & Recreation
First as a player and later as a coach, Steve Platt elevated Huntington College basketball to the national stage.
A 1965 graduate of Union High School where he scored 1,270 points, Steve Platt worked the family farm for five years before returning to the basketball court for Huntington College. With the Foresters, Platt amassed 3,700 points, which still stands as the leader among Indiana college players, and seventh all-time on the national list of collegiate scorers on any level. He twice led the nation in scoring, averaging 36 points per game for the Foresters in 1973 and 38 points per game in 1974. During his senior season, Platt was profiled for a story in Sports Illustrated.
A four-time NAIA All-American, he was drafted by the Washington Bullets of the NBA, but was the final player released by the team prior to the start of the season. Platt played one season of professional basketball with e Fort Wayne Hoosiers of the International Basketball Association, but the league folded after one season and Platt went back to farming. He stayed involved in baskeatball as an assistant coach at Huntington College under Keith Spahr from 1976-81.
Platt became Huntington College head coach in 1994, and led HU to a 329-143 record in his 14 years. He guided the Foresters to the NAIA Division II National Tournament seven times, and reached the championship game in 2006. His players earned 23 All-America honors, including National Player of the Year Alex Kock in 2007.
In the Mid-Central Conference, Platt’s teams won five regular-season titles, five tournament championships and his players earned 42 all-conference honors with eight MCC players of the year.
Platt was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996, and the NAIA Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. He was the first inductee into the Huntington College Hall of Fame in 1974 and earned the Huntington College Centennial Medallion in 1997. He was named Huntington University Alumnus of the Year in 1987 and 2003.