Nat Holman

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Nat Holman
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Nat Holman 1933 Goudey Sport Kings card
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1896-10-19)October 19, 1896
New York, New York
Died February 12, 1995(1995-02-12) (aged 98)
Bronx, New York
Alma mater New York University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1919-1952, 1954-1956,
1958-1959
CCNY
Head coaching record
Overall 421–190 (.689)
Tournaments NCAA: 4-2 (.667)
NIT: 6-3 (.667)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NCAA Champion (1950)
NIT Champion (1950)
NCAA Final Four (1947)
Records
Only coach to win NCAA and NIT championships in the same season
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1964 (profile)

Nat Holman (October 19, 1896 – February 12, 1995) was one of the early pro basketball players and one of the game's most important innovators.

Career[edit]

Known for his exceptional ball-handling and his accurate shooting, Holman was a star player at New York University.

He was also an important part of the Original Celtics, who were no relation to the Boston Celtics.[1] Also a gifted passer and excellent floor leader, Holman was a prototype of later playmakers.

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 1959.

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.

In his later years, he lived and died at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
CCNY Beavers (Independent) (1919–1933)
1919–20 CCNY 13-3
1920–21 CCNY 11-4
1921–22 CCNY 10-2
1922–23 CCNY 12-1
1923–24 CCNY 12-1
1924–25 CCNY 12-2
1925–26 CCNY 9-5
1926–27 CCNY 9-3
1927–28 CCNY 11-4
1928–29 CCNY 9-5
1929–30 CCNY 11-3
1930–31 CCNY 12-4
1931-32 CCNY 16-1
1932–33 CCNY 13-1
CCNY Beavers (Metropolitan New York Conference) (1933–1934)
1933–34 CCNY 14-1 4-1 3rd
CCNY Beavers (Independent) (1934–1935)
1934–35 CCNY 10-6
CCNY Beavers (Metropolitan New York Conference) (1935–1939)
1935–36 CCNY 10-4 3-3 5th
1936–37 CCNY 10-6 3-3 6th
1937–38 CCNY 14-3 4-2 T-3rd
1938–39 CCNY 11-6 11-6 6th
CCNY Beavers (Independent) (1939–1942)
1939–40 CCNY 8-8
1940–41 CCNY 17-5 NIT Third Place
1941–42 CCNY 16-3 NIT Quarterfinals
CCNY Beavers (Metropolitan New York Conference) (1942–1943)
1942–43 CCNY 8-10 2-5 6th
CCNY Beavers (Independent) (1943–1945)
1943–44 CCNY 6-11
1944–45 CCNY 12-4
CCNY Beavers (Metropolitan New York Conference) (1945–1952)
1945–46 CCNY 14-4 4-1 3rd
1946–47 CCNY 17-6 4-1 2nd NCAA Final Four
1947–48 CCNY 18-3 4-1 2nd
1948–49 CCNY 17-8 3-2 T-3rd NIT Quarterfinals
1949–50 CCNY 24-5 6-0 1st NCAA Champions
NIT Champions
1950–51 CCNY 12-7 2-2 5th
1951–52 CCNY 8-11 1-5 6th
CCNY Beavers (Independent) (1954–1956)
1954–55 CCNY
1955–56 CCNY
CCNY Beavers (Independent) (1958–1959)
1958–59 CCNY
CCNY: 405–150 (.730) 51–32 (.614)
Total: 405–150 (.730)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peterson, Robert W. (2002). "The Rise of the Original Celtics". Cages to Jump Shots: Pro Basketball's Early Years. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 69–79. ISBN 0-8032-8772-0. 

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