College coach infobox
Name = Howard Cann
Sport = Basketball, Football
DateOfBirth = birth date|1895|10|11
Birthplace = Bridgeport, CT
DateOfDeath = death date and age|1992|12|18|1895|10|11
Deathplace = Dobbs Ferry, NY
Championships = AAU National Championship (basketball, 1920)
Player = Y
Years = 1914—1917, 1919—1920
Team = NYU
Coach = Y
CoachYears = 1923—1958
CoachTeams = NYU men's basketball
BBallHOF = 1968
Howard Gardsell Cann (
October 11, 1895- December 18, 1992) was an American sportsmanbest known as the long-time men's basketballcoach at New York University. He was also an Olympic shot putter and a college basketball and football player.
Cann was born in
Bridgeport, Connecticut, into a family of accomplished sportsmen. His father, Frank Cann, was the director of physical education at New York University, which both Howard and his younger brother Tedford Cannattended. Tedford was an Olympic swimmer and world-record holder in the 200 meter freestyle.
Howard first attended Barringer High School in Newark, New Jersey and then the High School of Commerce in New York City. At Commerce he was Captain of the Basketball Team, member of the Track Team and member of the Omega Gamma Delta Fraternity.
He briefly attended Dartmouth College and then transferred to New York University. During his freshman year in 1914, Howard was the leading scorer on the NYU Violets men's basketball team. He was captain of the 1916-1917 football team, where he played as a
tackle, a punter, and also played in the backfield.
Cann's college career was interrupted by
World War I. He left NYU and, along with his brother Tedford, joined the United States Navy. Howard resumed his studies at NYU in 1919, after the end of the war.
In 1920, Cann led the NYU basketball team to an
Amateur Athletic UnionNational Championship title and was named the Helms Athletic FoundationPlayer of the Year. As a member of the track and field team, he won the shot put competitions at the Penn Relaysand the IC4AMiddle Atlantic States event. He participated in the 1920 Summer Olympicsin Antwerpas a shot putter, finishing the competition in eighth place with a throw of 13.52 meters. That same year, Cann graduated from NYU with a degree in engineering.fact|date=July 2008
Three years after graduating from NYU, Cann returned to the school as the men's basketball coach. He coached the team for thirty-five years, from 1923 to 1958, and compiled a 429-235 record before his retirement.
His time as the basketball coach included an unbeaten 1933-1934 season and a
December 29 1934game in Madison Square Gardenwhere NYU defeated Notre Dame. The game at Madison Square Garden helped to elevate the popularity of college basketball. He led the 1944-1945 team to the final game of the National Collegiate Athletic Associationtournament, but lost the championship to Oklahoma State University. Cann was named National Coach of the Year in 1947, and led the Violets to the National Invitation Tournamentfinal the next year, but was defeated by Saint Louis University.
In 1932 and 1933, he also coached the NYU football team. Cann was the 20th head
college footballcoach for the New York University Violets. [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=JWtcPLD3-hsC&pg=PA293&lpg=PA293&dq=%2B%22jake+high%22+%2B%22NYU%22&source=web&ots=zBZc1nIDs6&sig=mMnmj9_ztBHJz79VRVCHxaqC5P0&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result The Ultimate Guide to College Football] , James Quirk, 2004] His career football coaching record at NYU was 7 wins, 7 losses, and 1 ties. This ranks him ninth at NYU in total wins and sixth at NYU in winning percentage. [ [http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/discontinued/n/new_york/coaching_records.php New York University Violets coaching records] ]
In 1968, he was inducted into the
Basketball Hall of Famefor his accomplishments as a coach.
Cann married in the early 1930s, and he and his wife Janet had a son, Howard, Jr. Cann died at age 97 after a long illness. He was a resident of
Irvington, New York, at the time of his death.
* cite news
last = Goldaper
first = Sam
title = Howard Cann, Longtime N.Y.U. Coach, Dies at 97
publisher = The New York Times
December 19 1992
url = http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CEFD9123AF93AA25751C1A964958260
accessdate = 2007-10-22
* [http://www.hoophall.com/halloffamers/bhof-howard-cann.html Basketball Hall of Fame profile]
* [http://www.nyu.edu/athletics/ New York University athletics website]
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