November 18, 2011

Vancisin Set To Be Inducted Into National Collegiate Basketball Hall Of Fame

Guided Bulldogs For 19 Seasons

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The big day is nearly here for former Yale men's basketball coach Joe Vancisin. Vancisin, the winningest coach in school history, will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City.

Joining Vancisin, who is entering as a contributor, in the Hall's Class of 2011 are Virginia's Ralph Sampson, North Carolina's James Worthy, coaches Bob Knight and Eddie Sutton, players Cazzie Russell and Chris Mullin and contributor Eddie Einhorn.

Vancisin coached at Yale for 19 seasons, leading the Bulldogs to two Ivy League titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances. He left Yale in 1975 to become the NABC's executive director for 17 years before his retirement in 1992. Under his leadership, the NABC debuted its college all-star game at the NCAA Final Four, elected its first African American president in Georgetown's John Thompson and adopted a code of ethics.

Vancisin's career in basketball covered more than 54 years as a player, coach and administrator. The Bridgeport, Conn., native was the captain of the state and New England championship team as a senior at Bassick High, was selected to the All State and All New England teams and was recognized as Connecticut's most outstanding scholastic player.

The induction event kicks off a three-day celebration of college basketball. On Monday, in the opening round of the Progressive CBE Classic at the Sprint Center, Notre Dame will take on Missouri and California will meet Georgia. The consolation and championship games are set for Tuesday.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity