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Gary Waters

Gary Waters (College basketball.  Born, Detroit, MI, Aug. 15, 1951.)  Named 15th head coach of Rutgers basketball Apr. 6, 2001, Gary Steven Walters led the Scarlet Knights to the N.I.T. three times in his five seasons as head coach.  In his first season in Piscataway, the team went 18-13, and in his third (2003-04), the school reached its [...]

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 [...]

Junius Kellogg

Junius Kellogg (College basketball.  Born, Haverstraw, NY, Mar. 16, 1927; died, The Bronx, NY, Sept. 16, 1998.)  As a sophomore center on the Manhattan College varsity, Junius Kellogg reported a bribe offer to coach Ken Norton, triggering the 1951 “point-shaving” scandal that enveloped college basketball.  The scandal eventually included not only Manhattan but such national [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

John Nucatola

John Nucatola (Basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 17, 1907; died, Scotch Plains, NJ, May 8, 2000.)  When seasons were shorter than they were to become, John Nucatola averaged over 100 games per season as a college (1934-59) and professional (1946-54) basketball referee.  For many years, Nucatola also worked high school games in the New [...]

Armond Hill

Armond Hill (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 31, 1953.)  An all-Ivy forward, Armond G. Hill co-captained Princeton’s 1975 N.I.T. champions as a junior.  Hill was an all-Ivy First Team pick each of his last two years with the Tigers and scored 1,057 career points in 70 games (1973-76).  He was the first-round draft choice [...]

Jimmy Lennon

Jimmy Lennon (College basketball. Born, Astoria, Queens, Sept. 26, 1925; died, Toms River, NJ, Nov. 4, 2011.) After an all-City career as a basketball player at St. John’s Prep, James Lennon turned to teaching and refereeing basketball. Lennon began officiating in 1945, working high school games and scrimmages. He moved up to the college level [...]

Charlie McCabe

Charlie McCabe (Marketing. Born, The Bronx, NY, Feb. 27, 1937.) A banking executive who exerted enormous influence in New York sports, Charles Henry McCabe, Jr., supported dozens of events through sponsorships. McCabe created a substantial image for Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company by sponsoring events such as the New York City Marathon (starting in 1976), Mets [...]

Joe Lapchick

Joe Lapchick (College and pro basketball. Born, Yonkers, NY, Apr. 12, 1900; died, New York, NY, Aug. 10, 1970.) Joseph Bonhomiel Lapchick had two distinct careers in professional basketball, and another in college basketball, and any one of them would have been sufficient to make him one of the sport’s most significant contributors. Although he [...]

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