Clarence E. Gaines
College basketball may never find a more caring, sensitive, and dedicated coach than Clarence "Big House" Gaines. Gaines' teams were up-tempo, fast-breaking units that relied heavily on speed and athleticism to overwhelm opponents. A pioneer of African-American integration in intercollegiate athletics, Gaines changed basketball forever. Gaines' 1967 squad, led by Hall of Famer Earl "The Pearl" Monroe compiled a 31-1 record, and became the first predominantly black school to win a NCAA College Division Championship, thus becoming the first to win a NCAA Title. For his efforts, Gaines was named the NCAA College Division Coach-of-the-Year. In 1993, Gaines retired after 47 years of coaching at Winston-Salem State University with a 828-447 record which, at the time was the second most number of wins in NCAA history.