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Bob Kiphuth

Bob Kiphuth (Swimming.  Born, Tonawanda, NY, Nov. 17, 1890; died, New Haven, CT, Jan. 7, 1967.)  For decades the most celebrated and successful swimming coach in the U.S., Robert John Herman Kiphuth was also Yale’s athletic director for three years (1946-49).  Kiphuth coached Yale’s swimming teams for 41 years (1918-59), winning a staggering 528 of […]

Jack Kaiser

Jack Kaiser (College athletics.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 6, 1926.)  A highly-successful baseball coach, John Warren Kaiser served 22 years (1973-95) as St. John’s director of athletics.  Kaiser was also one of three founders of the Big East Conference in 1979 (Dave Gavitt of Providence and Seton Hall’s Richie Regan were the others).  He played […]

Jack Powers

Jack Powers (College basketball.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Oct. 22, 1935.)  A three-year star at Manhattan, John J. Powers then became the school’s head basketball coach (1968-78) and athletic director (1980-87) before becoming executive director of the N.I.T. in 1988.  A 6’2” guard, Powers played on Jaspers teams that were 47-27 in his three varsity […]

John Pont

John Pont (College football.  Born, Canton, OH, Nov. 13, 1927; died, Oxford, OH, July 1, 2008.)  Although he coached Yale football for only two seasons, John Pont left a lasting legacy when he was succeeded by his long-time assistant, Carm Cozza, who became the winningest coach in Yale history.  Pont came from Miami (O.), where […]

Al Paul

Al Paul (College athletics.  Born, Baltimore, MD, Sept. 17, 1926.)  A coach and administrator, Alvin R. Paul was involved in New York sports for more than 40 years.  A graduate of Western Maryland, where he played football and lacrosse, Paul came to Hofstra as lacrosse coach and an assistant on Howdy Myers’ football staff in […]

Ralph Furey

Ralph Furey (College football.  Born, New York, NY, June 16, 1903; died, Durango, CO, Nov. 14, 1984.)  The first of four brothers to play football at Columbia, Ralph J. Furey captained the 1927 team and then remained with the university’s athletic department for 40 years.  Furey became a coach and administrator before serving 25 years […]

Ken Fairman

Ken Fairman (College athletics.  Born, Spring Valley, NY, Feb. 23, 1912; died, Princeton, NJ, Mar. 8, 1994.)  Princeton’s first official athletic director, R. Kenneth Fairman succeeded Asa Bushnell as graduate manager in 1938.  Fairman had been a football, basketball, and lacrosse player at Princeton.  He was also basketball coach from 1935-38 (25-38).  Fairman became the official […]

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