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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 […]

Don Popovic

Don Popovic (Soccer.  Born, Ivangrad, Yugoslavia, Jan. 1, 1941.)  An aggressive coach who was a master at winning when he had good talent, Don Popovic steered the New York Arrows to four M.I.S.L. championships in the first four years of the league (1978-79 to 1981-82).  Popovic left the Arrows late in the 1982-83 season to […]

Ducky Pond

Ducky Pond (College football.  Born, Torrington, CT, Feb. 17, 1900; died, Torrington, CT, Aug. 23, 1982.)  A Yale running back (1922-24) and above-average baseball pitcher, Raymond W. Pond was head football coach for seven seasons (1934-40), compiling a 30-25-2 record.  He coached two Heisman winners – end Larry Kelley (1936) and halfback Clint Frank (1937).  […]

Bill Parcells

Bill Parcells (Pro Football.  Born, Englewood, NJ, Aug. 22, 1941.)  One of the most dynamic and impressive figures in the recent history of pro football in New York, Duane Charles (Bill) Parcells led the Giants to two Super Bowl championships (1987 and 1991) before leading the Jets to the A.F.C. championship game in 1999.  He […]

Leo Paquin

Leo Paquin (College football.  Born, New York, NY, June 13, 1910; died, Rutherford, NJ, Dec. 2, 1993.)  Leo Paquin was the left end on the second version of Fordham’s “Seven Blocks of Granite” (1934-36).  Known as “Twinkletoes” to his teammates because of his grace, Paquin later became head football coach, athletic director, and a teacher […]

Max Zaslofsky

Max Zaslofsky (Pro basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 7, 1925; died, New Hyde Park, NY, Oct. 15, 1985.)  Known as “Max the Touch” for his uncanny accuracy with a two-hand set shot, Max Zaslofsky led the B.A.A. in scoring, played three years with the Knicks, and was the first coach of the Nets.  Zaslofsky’s career […]

Weeb Ewbank

Weeb Ewbank (Pro football.  Born, Richmond, IN, May 6, 1907; died, Oxford, OH, Nov. 17, 1998.)  Wilbur C. Ewbank is the holder of one distinction in sports that can never even be equaled.  He is the only man ever to coach both N.F.L. and A.F.L. teams to pro football championships.  He performed the first half […]

Ed Conlin

Ed Conlin (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Sept. 2, 1933.)  A ferocious rebounder at 6’6”, Edward J. Conlin was the star of Fordham basketball teams that were 74-31 in his four seasons (1951-55).  Conlin had 323 rebounds (and 177 points) as a freshman in 1951-52 (freshmen were eligible because of the Korean War) for a […]

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