Utah Legend, Arnie Ferrin Passes Away At 97 Years Old

Dec 27, 2022, 11:47 AM | Updated: 11:48 am
Arnie Ferrin, Former University of Utah Basketball player and one of the best 75 players of March Madness is honored at halftime by University of Utah' Athletics director Dr. Chris Hill as Arizona and Harvard play Saturday, March 23, 2013 in the third round of the NCAA tournament in Energy Solutions arena. (Photo Cred: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
(Photo Cred: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY- Some sad news from “up on the hill” this morning as word trickled out Utah legend, Arnie Ferrin passed away at the age of 97. Ferrin had a major impact on sports in the Beehive State as a basketball player for the Utes and later as their Athletic Director.

Those who knew Ferrin best have described him as the nicest, most genuine person they’ve encountered. Rumor has it he wasn’t terrible on the golf course either.

“We may not live forever on this jolly good sphere,
But while we do we’ll live a life of merriment and cheer,
And when our college days are o’er and night is drawing nigh,
With parting breath we’ll sing that song: A Utah Man Am I.”

Arnie Ferrin As A Hooper

Before he helped lead Utah as the Athletics Director, Ferrin was best known for his efforts on the basketball court. Ferrin was part of Utah’s 1944 National Championship team along with other Utah great Wataru Misaka and won the MVP award after draining 22 points in their game against Dartmouth for the title.

Ferrin was also part of the 1947 team that won the National Invitation Tournament and is the only four-time All-American in Utah history.

After wrapping up college in 1948, Ferrin would go on to have a pro career with the Minneapolis Lakers from 1949-1951 with the Basketball Association of America that would later morph into what we know as the NBA.  Ferrin won a championship with the Lakers in 1949 under the BAA and then again in 1950 under the NBA.

He ended his three-year career with 1,037 points and made 275 of his 401 free throw shots. The Pac-12 inducted Ferrin into their Men’s Basketball Hall of Honor in 2012.

Arnie Ferrin As The AD

Ferrin would return to the Utes later in life, this time as their Athletic Director from 1976-1985. His successor was Dr. Chris Hill who held the position from 1985-2018.


Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @BodkinKSLsports



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