Clyde Louth’s Success Story

Excerpted from the article published on August 29th by the University of Delaware:
CLYDE LOUTH (Men’s Cross Country/Basketball/Track & Field)

The first and only UD student-athlete to serve as team captain for three different sports, Clyde Louth earned nine varsity letters as a standout in basketball, cross country, and track & field during his outstanding career with the Blue Hens in 1953-57. After a stint in the Navy, Louth returned home and began an outstanding athletics career at UD that saw him stand out as a cross country runner, as a point guard in basketball, and as a miler in outdoor track. He earned three varsity letters in each sport and served as team captain for all three teams as a senior during the 1956-57 campaign.

clyde-louthHe led the cross country team to a three-year dual record of 15-3 with undefeated 6-0 marks in 1954 and 1955 and a second place Middle Atlantic Conference team finish in 1954 for head coach and UD Hall of Famer Ken Steers. As a senior, Louth was the team’s No. 2 runner and set several course records during the season.

As a three-year standout in basketball for Hall of Fame head coach Irv Wisniewski, Louth was an outstanding ball-handler and playmaker who appeared in 62 career games. He averaged 8.4 points per game as a sophomore and finished with 339 points and 74 percent free throw accuracy for his career. He is a member of the Delaware Legends Basketball Hall of Fame.

In track & field, Louth was the team’s top miler and led the squad to fourth place finishes at the MAC Championships in 1956 and 1957.

A native of nearby Wilmington, Del. and a member of the Salesianum High School Athletics Hall of Fame, Louth remains one of UD Athletics’ most loyal and passionate fans. He earned his degree in elementary education at Delaware in 1957 and moved on to an outstanding 30-year career in Delaware as a middle school math teacher and an award-winning financial planner. He currently works as a financial planner and advisor with Kades-Margolis Corp. He and his late wife, Lois, have four children and five grandchildren.

Hockessin Athletic Club Member, Clyde Louth was recognized for his achievements and honored as a member of the University of Delaware Hall of Fame with 9 others on November 21, 2014. He continues to be an athletic inspiration.


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