Nat Holman 1933 Goudey Sport Kings card
October 19, 1896|
New York, New York
February 12, 1995 (aged 98)|
Bronx, New York
|Alma mater||New York University|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
4–2 (NCAA Division I)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 1964 (profile)
Nat Holman (October 19, 1896 – February 12, 1995) was an American professional basketball player and college coach. He is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and is the only coach to lead his team to NCAA and National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championships in the same season.
Holman was born on the Lower East Side in New York, New York, to Russian immigrant parents, and was Jewish. He attended P.S. 62, and was then a star in basketball, soccer, and football at the High School of Commerce, graduated from the Savage School for Physical Education, and earned a master's degree from New York University. Known for his exceptional ball-handling and his accurate shooting, Holman was a star player for the NYU Violets men's basketball team.
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 that involved 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 eventually dropped down to the NCAA Division III in the 1963-64 season) and suspend Holman after the 1951–52 season. He returned for brief stints in 1954–56 and 1958–59, retiring for good in 1959. Holman compiled an overall record of 421–190 in 37 seasons at CCNY.
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, 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|
|1949–50||CCNY||24–5||6–0||1st||NCAA Champion, NIT Champion|
|CCNY Beavers (Independent) (1954–1956)|
|CCNY Beavers (Independent) (1958–1959)|
|CCNY:||405–150 (.730)||51–32 (.614)|
Postseason invitational champion
- List of select Jewish basketball players
- List of NCAA Division I Men's Final Four appearances by coach
- BASKETBALL; Nat Holman Finds Life Still Bears His Name - The New York Times
- Holman, Nat: Jews In Sports
- Nat Holman Is Dead at 98; Led C.C.N.Y. Champions - The New York Times
- 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.
- The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame :: Nat Holman
- CCNY Athletics - Hall of Fame