Edward J. "Ed" Hickox
In 1968 Ed Hickox laid the groundwork for building the first Basketball Hall of Fame on the campus of Springfield College (formerly Naismith's famous Y), the physical location where basketball was born. Dedicated to improving basketball as a coach, rules architect, and historian, Hickox began his coaching career at Springfield College in 1926 and spent sixteen years on the sidelines. From 1930 to 1948, he served on the National Basketball Rules Committee (NBRC) and was chairman from 1945-48. He was also a charter member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (1927), NABC president from 1944 to 1946 and NABC Man of the Year in 1949. A longtime basketball administrator, Hickox was the volunteer executive secretary of the Basketball Hall of Fame from 1949 to 1963.
Springfield College team represented New England in Olympic Trials, 1936