Nat Holman 1933 Goudey Sport Kings card
October 19, 1896|
New York, New York
|Died||February 12, 1995
Bronx, New York
|Alma mater||New York University|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||NCAA: 4-2 (.667)
NIT: 6-3 (.667)
|Accomplishments and honors|
NCAA Champion (1950)
NIT Champion (1950)
NCAA Final Four (1947)
Only coach to win NCAA and NIT championships in the same season
|Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1964 (profile)
Known for his exceptional ball-handling and his accurate shooting, Holman was a star player at New York University.
Although he played pro basketball until 1930, he took over the head coaching position at the City College of New York in 1920. Known as Mr. Basketball, Holman guided CCNY to the so-called grand slam of college basketball, winning both the NCAA and NIT titles in 1950, a feat that has never been achieved since (and is no longer possible as both tournaments are now done concurrently).
In 1951, Holman's CCNY team became involved in a national point shaving scandal involving seven different schools. While several CCNY players, including Ed Warner and Ed Roman were arrested, the investigation cleared Holman of any wrongdoing. The scandal eventually led CCNY to de-emphasize athletics (CCNY currently competes in NCAA Division III). Holman compiled a 421–190 record in 37 seasons at CCNY, retiring in 1956.
Holman also founded Camp Scatico in 1921 and ran the camp until he sold it to his niece and her husband in 1964.
In 1922, Nat Holman wrote a book on basketball technique titled Scientific Basketball.
Head coaching record
|CCNY Beavers (Independent) (1919–1933)|
|CCNY Beavers (Metropolitan New York Conference) (1933–1934)|
|CCNY Beavers (Independent) (1934–1935)|
|CCNY Beavers (Metropolitan New York Conference) (1935–1939)|
|CCNY Beavers (Independent) (1939–1942)|
|1940–41||CCNY||17-5||NIT Third Place|
|CCNY Beavers (Metropolitan New York Conference) (1942–1943)|
|CCNY Beavers (Independent) (1943–1945)|
|CCNY Beavers (Metropolitan New York Conference) (1945–1952)|
|1946–47||CCNY||17-6||4-1||2nd||NCAA Final Four|
|CCNY Beavers (Independent) (1954–1956)|
|CCNY Beavers (Independent) (1958–1959)|
|CCNY:||405–150 (.730)||51–32 (.614)|
- Basketball Hall of Fame profile
- "Nat Holman: the man, his legacy, and CCNY", Nat Holman exhibit at CCNY Library, 2006
- The First Basket – Documentary film about Jewish basketball history
- N.Y. Times Obituary for Nat Holman
- Nat Holman at Find a Grave