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Howard G. Cann

Enshrined 1968
Bridgeport, CT
October 11, 1895 - December 18, 1992

Biography

As both an outstanding player and dedicated coach, Howard Cann devoted his life to athletics at New York University. Cann was part of the New York City coaching fraternity that turned college basketball into a happening. Under Cann, NYU faced Notre Dame on December 29, 1934 in the first college game played at Madison Square Garden. When he led NYU onto the court, especially at the Garden, opponents knew winning would be tough. During Cann's 35 seasons at NYU, his teams, including those led by future Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes, were among the most fundamentally sound and precise in the country. Named national Coach of the Year in 1947, Cann led the Violets to an undefeated season in 1933-34, a trip to the NCAA Final in 1945, and to the NIT Final in 1948.

Career Highlights

Helms Athletic Foundation Player of the Year, 1920
AAU National Championship with NYU, 1920
National Coach of the Year, 1947
NIT Championship with NYU, 1948