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Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton (College football.  Born, Ypsilanti, MI, Jan. 28, 1951.)  Only Red Blaik served longer as head coach of Army football than Robert Eugene Sutton, who also spent eight years as West Point’s defensive coordinator (1983-90).  Sutton served nine years (1991-99) as head coach with a 44-55-1 record.  His 1996 team was the first Cadets squad […]

Bobby Knight

Bobby Knight (College basketball.  Born, Orrville, OH, Oct. 25, 1940.)  While he was to become a basketball coaching legend at Indiana, Robert Montgomery Knight launched his head coaching career at Army (1965-71).  Knight inherited a program that had begun having modest success when, after two seasons as an assistant under Tates Locke, he became head […]

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 […]

Bob Mischak

Bob Mischak (College and pro football. Born, Newark, NJ, Oct. 25, 1932.) An outstanding all-around athlete at West Point, Robert Michael Mischak was later to play for both the Giants and the Titans. While at West Point, Mischak earned three letters as a football end, three more in baseball, and another in basketball (1951-54). He […]

Abner Doubleday

Abner Doubleday (Mythology.  Born, Cooperstown, NY, June 26, 1819; died, Mendham, NJ, Jan. 26, 1893.)  A genuine Civil War hero, Abner Doubleday is falsely credited with the “invention” of modern baseball in 1839 at Cooperstown, N.Y.  Though his accomplishments were many and laudable, this achievement was not among them.  It is a myth wholly without […]

Gar Davidson

Gar Davidson (College football.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Apr. 24, 1904; died, Oakland, CA, Dec. 25, 1992.)  A football star at Stuyvesant H.S., Garrison Holt Davidson had a long and distinguished military career that saw him rise to the rank of Lieutenant General in the Army.  Along the way, Davidson played varsity football at West […]

Tom Cahill

Tom Cahill (College football.  Born, Syracuse, NY, Nov. 11, 1919; died, Schenectady, NY, Nov. 29, 1992.)  Thomas B. Cahill was Army plebe football coach for seven years and then became head coach eight seasons (1966-73).  He was acclaimed Coach of the Year by several organizations after his first team was 8-2.  The Cadets were 8-2 again in 1967 […]

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