image preview

Biography Information

Lyle M. Arns: Hall of Fame Inductee

Lyle Arns was one of the most versatile players and coaches in WSU history. He competed in four sports while attending WSU and later coached three sports at his collegiate alma mater.

As a player, Arns helped the Warrior basketball team to four consecutive top-four conference finishes including a conference championship season during which WSU compiled a 7-1 record in league play, and a 14-4 over-all record. During the years he played basketball at WSU, Arns helped the Warriors to a 42-25 over-all record and an 18-10 record in league play.

Arns has great success coaching baseball at WSU. During his coaching years, the Warrior baseball team compiled a 69-25 record and won five straight conference championships. He also guided the WSU basketball squads for six seasons and the football team for one year. With Arns as coach, the Warriors tied for the conference championship in 1950-51.

After completing his coaching exploits at Winona State, Arns, who had been a pilot trainer in the Army Air Corps, went on to fly for Winona’s J.R. Watkins Company and later got back into teaching when he moved to Anoka, Minn., at the junior high level.

Arns retired from a schools administrator’s position in California in 1981 and finally retired after being a realtor from 1981-86.

Induction Date





Men's Basketball, Football, Men's Golf, Baseball


Won 12 Letters in Football, Basketball, Baseball and Golf

All-Conference Basketball in 1936-37, 1937-38

WSU Coach: Basketball 1949-50, 1954-55; Baseball 1949-53, Football in 1951

Item Type

Still Image

Master File Format


Date Digital


Technology used to capture photograph

Nikon D2H

Unique Identifier



Warrior Athletics, WSU Athletics, WSU Hall of Fame, Sports, Sport, Men's Basketball, Baseball, Football, Men's Golf