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Charlie Stillitano

Charlie Stillitano (Soccer.  Born, Elizabeth, NJ, Dec. 4, 1959.)  Vice president and general manager of the MetroStars for their first four seasons, Charles Stillitano is a former soccer player and coach turned executive who is also an attorney.  After a four-year career at Princeton, Stillitano played professionally with New York United in 1981.  From 1984-87, he [...]

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 [...]

Don Kennedy

Don Kennedy (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Apr. 25, 1907; died, Saddle River, NJ, Oct. 26, 2004.)  In 22 seasons as head coach, John W. Kennedy became synonymous with St. Peter’s basketball.  After playing at Savage Institute, Kennedy coached high school teams at Power Memorial, Regis, and St. Michael’s (Brooklyn).  In 1950, he succeeded George [...]

Ed Kelleher

Ed Kelleher (College basketball.  Born, New York, NY, June 29, 1894; died, Munich, Germany, July 19, 1945.)  A very popular and highly successful coach, Edward Ambrose Kelleher turned out well-regarded teams at Fordham and West Point.  Kelleher began his varsity coaching career at St. John’s (1921-22), where his only team was 9-5.  At Fordham, he [...]

Mike Keenan

Mike Keenan (Hockey.  Born, Whitby, Ont., Oct. 21, 1949.)  In their long and not always illustrious history dating from 1926, only once have the Rangers finished with the N.H.L.’s best regular season record and then gone on to win the Stanley Cup.  That year was 1993-94 and their coach that year – and only that [...]

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 [...]

Bob Naso

Bob Naso (College football, lacrosse.  Born, Garden City Park, NY, Sept. 11, 1937.)  A successful lacrosse coach at Rutgers, Robert J. Naso was much less successful with Columbia football.  Naso became Columbia’s 13th head coach Dec. 18, 1979, but his five seasons (1980-84) produced a dismal 4-43-2 record.  His teams never won more than one [...]

Jordan Olivar

Jordan Olivar (College football.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Jan. 30, 1915; died, Inglewood, CA, Oct. 17, 1990.)  A Villanova player who started his head coaching career there, Jordan Olivar earned his renown at Yale.  Olivar graduated from Villanova in 1938 and became head coach of the Wildcats in 1943.  In six seasons (1943-48), he was 33-20 [...]

Herman Olcott

Herman Olcott (College football.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 1, 1879; died, Wallingford, CT, Jan. 4, 1929.)  A Yale all-America center in 1900, Herman P. Olcott was the N.Y.U. football coach for six seasons (1907-12).  Olcott had an unbeaten (6-0-1) team in 1909 and was 18-18-7 as Violets coach.  He came to University Heights after [...]

Julia Jones Pugliese

Julia Jones Pugliese (Fencing.  Born, New York, NY, May 9, 1908; died, New York, NY, Mar. 6, 1993.)  It may be that Julia Jones-Pugliese was destined to be a fencer. If not, destiny took a real beating.  After taking up the sport in 1927, she became one of the leading American women fencers and coaches.  [...]

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