Our Constituents...

Coaching Pioneers and Founding Members

Nolan Richardson

"Nolan Richardson took the University of Arkansas to the Final Four three times, winning the National Championship in 1994 against Duke, He was named the National Coach of the Year in 1994. His teams typically played an up tempo game with intense pressure defense - a style that was known as "40 Minutes of Hell."

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John Thompson

John Robert Thompson Jr. the legendary basketball coach built Georgetown University into a nationally recognized basketball program. In 1984, he became the first African-American head coach to win college basketball's national championship.

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George Raveling

George Henry Raveling is a former college men's basketball coach. He became the head coach at Washington State University (1972?1983), the University of Iowa (1983?1986), and the University of Southern California (1987?1994). In 2013, he received the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. On February 14, 2015 it was announced that George Raveling would be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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John Chaney

After a decade at Cheyney where he won a Division II National Championship, John Chaney moved on to Division I Temple in Philadelphia. Chaney built a reputation as a tough coach who always demanded excellence on and off the court. He was well known for his 6 AM practices, match-up zone defense, tough non-conference scheduling, and winning basketball teams.

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Marian Washington

Marian Washington is the winningest coach in Kansas University Women?s Basketball history. In her 31 season tenure at Kansas Washington coached the Jayhawks to a 560-363 (.607) record. Under her guidance Kansas reached the 20-win mark 17 seasons, winning seven league crowns and six conference tournament championships.

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Vivian Stringer

C. Vivian Stringer, a member of both the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, holds the distinction of being the first coach in men's or women's basketball history to lead three different basketball programs to the NCAA Final Four with Rutgers, Iowa and Cheyney State. Coach Stringer is the third winningest coach in women's basketball history amassing 952 wins and counting.

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Marianna Freeman

Marianna Freeman is the former head coach of Syracuse University women?s basketball program. Freeman coached at Syracuse for ten seasons, leading them to a couple post-season appearances. Prior to her stint at Syracuse, Coach Freeman was an assistant coach for her mentor Vivian Stringer at the University of Iowa. She was instrumental in assisting Iowa women?s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1993.

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Clarence Gaines

Clarence Edward "Big House" Gaines, Sr. was a college men's basketball coach with a 47-year coaching career at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Among his numerous honors for his achievements, he is one of the few African Americans to be inducted as a coach into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Lloyd McLendon

John McLendon was a pioneering American basketball coach who is recognized as the first African American basketball coach at a predominantly white university and the first African American head coach in any professional sport. He was a major contributor to the development of modern basketball and coached on both the college and professional levels during his career. He is enshrined in both the Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Ben Jobe

Ben W. Jobe is best known as the head coach of the Southern University Jaguars - a position he held for 12 years. He has also been head coach of the men's college basketball teams at Tuskegee University, Talladega College, Alabama State University, South Carolina State University, University of Denver and Alabama A&M; University. Jobe has also served as assistant coach at the University of South Carolina, Georgia Tech, and briefly served as an assistant with the NBA's Denver Nuggets.

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Edwina Qualls

In 1976 Edwina Qualls was a pioneer in her time being hired as the first African American women?s basketball coach in Big 10 history. Coach Qualls led the Wisconsin Badgers for 10 years and the start of the Big Ten Conference in 1982.

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Fritz Pollard

Frederick Douglass Fritz Pollard was the first African American head coach in the National Football League. He played pro football with the Akron Pros, the team he would lead to the NFL (APFA) championship in 1920. In 1921, he became the co-head coach of the Akron Pros, while still maintaining his roster position as running back.

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Eddie Robinson

Edward Gay Robinson is the second winningest coach in NCAA Division I history and third winningest coach overall. For 57 years from 1941 to 1997, he was the head coach at Grambling State University, a historically black university in Louisiana. Robinson is recognized by many college football experts as one of the greatest coaches in history.

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Tom Flores

Tom Flores and Mike Ditka are the only two people in the National Football League history to win a Championship (Super Bowl IV as a player, Super Bowl XI as an Assistant Coach, and Super Bowls XV and XVIII as a head coach) as a player, as an assistant coach, and as a head coach. Flores was also the first Hispanic starting quarterback and the first minority head coach in professional football history to win a Super Bowl.

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Art Shell

Arthur Shell, Jr. is a Hall of Fame offensive tackle, and a two-time former head coach of the Oakland Raiders. He holds the distinction of becoming the second-ever African American head coach in the history of professional football, and the first in the sport's modern era.

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