Harry Litwack

A true gentleman, Harry Litwack’s flawless character,distinguished coaching ability, and outstanding sportsmanship made him a legendary figure in Philadelphia’s sporting annals. Nicknamed “The Chief” after the catch phrase he used when meeting new people, Litwack is credited with developing the box-and-one defense. He played seven seasons with the Philadelphia SPHAs (1930-36), helping them capture championships in both the Eastern and American Basketball Leagues. With a strong playing background, Litwack then coached Temple's freshman team to a 181-32 record from 1931 to 1951. The Chief became Temple's varsity head coach in 1952 and compiled a 373-193 record. Litwack, who suffered only one losing season in 21 years, directed the Owls to13 postseason tournaments, including the 1969 NIT championship and two NCAA Final Fours. He enjoyed eight 20-win seasons and six trips to the NCAA Tournament.