During the years 1911-1934, college basketball opponents of the University of Wisconsin frequently suffered headaches when the "little doctor" made a house call. The doctor was Dr. Walter E. "Doc" Meanwell, UW's coach for most of that period. His teams won 71% of their games and earned eight Big Ten championships.
Meanwell earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland and came to UW to study for a doctorate in public health and to coach wrestling. But, when the basketball coach resigned in 1911, Meanwell was asked to take that job. With the exception of two years at Missouri, he held it for 20 years.
In his first three years as coach, the Badgers won 35 of 36 games. Meanwell's teams were known for a disciplined, passing style of play. He also served as athletic director at UW and later practiced medicine in Madison.