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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 […]

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 […]

Tom Gola

Tom Gola (Pro basketball.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 13, 1933.)  Among the greatest of all college players, Thomas Gola led LaSalle to the N.I.T. championship as a freshman (1952) and to the N.C.A.A. final twice, winning in 1954 and losing (to San Francisco) in 1955.  Gola then began an N.B.A. career with the Philadelphia Warriors […]

Pete Carlesimo

Pete Carlesimo (College sports.  Born, Newark, NJ, Sept. 2, 1915; died, Upper Montclair, NJ, June 23, 2003.)  Noted generally for his restructuring of the National Invitation Tournament, Peter A. Carlesimo established his original reputation in football rather than basketball.  A Fordham graduate who for played for the Rams (1937-39) as a guard, in 1945 he became […]

Harry Boykoff

Harry Boykoff (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, July 24, 1922; died, Santa Monica, CA, Feb. 20, 2001.)  Harry J. (Heshie or Big Hesh) Boykoff was the first big-time point producer in St. John’s basketball history.  Coach Joe Lapchick built his team around this 6’9” center from Brooklyn’s Thomas Jefferson H.S. in 1942-43 with excellent results.  Boykoff […]

Clair Bee

Clair Bee (College basketball. Born, March 2, 1896, Grafton, WV; died, May 20, 1983, Cleveland, OH)  After a multi-sport athletic career at Waynesburg (Penna.) College, Clair F. Bee was hired by the then-new Long Island University as virtually a one-man athletic department.  Without a staff, he coached and organized teams in all major sports.  But […]

Johnny Bach

Johnny Bach (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, July 10, 1924.)  Following a career as a college player at Rochester, Brown, and Fordham, interrupted by military service in World War II, John William Bach became Fordham’s head basketball coach in 1950.  His first five teams were 93-39 and his overall record for 18 seasons (1950-68) was […]

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