Samuel Miranda

Memorial Service for Samuel Clayton Miranda, 78, Lawrence, KS, will be at 3p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence.  Inurnment will be held at St. John’s Cemetery in Collinsville, Illinois at 11:00 a.m. on June 5, 2009.

Mr. Miranda died Thursday, May 28, 2009, at his home.

He was born January 18, 1931, in Collinsville, IL, the son of Lawrence and Carolyn Clayton Miranda.

Mr. Miranda graduated from Collinsville High School in 1948. He played varsity basketball three years and was voted the 1947 Prep Player of the Year for the St. Louis area. He was named 1st Team All State and was chosen as a member of the 1st Team All State Tournament team in 1948. He was inducted as a player into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1973.

He graduated from Indiana University in 1952 with Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and a minor in Speech. He obtained a Master’s degree in Physical Education from Southern Illinois University in 1959. He lettered in basketball at Indiana University from 1950-1952. He was named 2nd team All Big Ten in 1951 and 1st team Little All American in 1951 and 1952. He was selected to demonstrate ball handling skills in a General Mills educational sports film in 1950.

Mr. Miranda was selected to tour with the College All-Americans and the Harlem Globetrotters during 1952, playing 15 exhibition games across the United States.

He served two years in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Lee, VA, after college graduation.

He began his basketball coaching career as an Illinois high school coach in Galatia in 1954. He then coached at Vandalia from 1955-1956 and Kankakee from 1957-1961. He led his Kankakee teams to the Christmas tournament three times and the state tournament in 1960.  

In 1962, he began his college coaching career at the University of New Mexico as an assistant coach. The team was the Western Athletic Conference Co- Champions in 1963 and runners up in the NIT tournament at Madison Square Garden the same year.

He was the assistant coach in charge of recruiting at the University of Kansas from 1964 to 1976. During the 13 years coaching with Ted Owens, the Kansas basketball team won the Big 8 Conference in 1966, 1967, 1971, 1974 and 1975 and the Big 8 Christmas Tournament in 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970, and 1974. The team won the Jayhawk Classic in 1969, 1970, 
1972, 1973, and 1975. They played in the NIT tournament in 1968 and in the NIT championship game in 1969. In 1971 and 1974, the teams were the Midwest Regional Champions and played in the Final Four.

He taught the class “Basketball Theory” at KU in the classroom and through Continuing Education. After retiring from coaching basketball; he became the sales manager in the retail division for 17 years at Maupintour Travel Service.

His main interests have been his spending time with family, friends and talking with former players and coaches. He was member of the Chicago Daily News All State Board.

Mr. Miranda married Pollyanna Mink on December 24, 1952 in Columbia City, Indiana. She survives of the home. 

Other survivors include his mother, Dorothy Miranda of Collinsville, Ill., his sister, Sue Anna Popov and her family of Collinsville, four daughters: Joanna Margaret Glaze and husband Lawrence Glaze of Kansas City, Mo., Sueanna Elizabeth Budde and husband, Chip Budde of Wichita, Ks., Sarah Clayton Snedeger and husband, Charles W. Snedeger of Baldwin City, Ks., and Laurie Kathleen Allen and husband, James Allen of Morris, Ill., and his grandchildren Benton Clark, Emily Elizabeth and Margaret Miranda Glaze, Ashley Clayton Snedeger, Albert John “Jack”, Grace Kathleen and Samuel Lawrence Allen, John Lawrence and Luke Douglas Budde.

He was preceded in death by his sister Margaret Emily Miranda and his granddaughter, Miranda Elizabeth Glaze.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Westminster Bell Choir at the First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence or to the charity of the donor’s choice, sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

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