Howard Cann Inducted in 1996

Coach Inducted in 1996
Howard G Cann Howard Cann, Inducted into the NYC Hall of Fame in 1996
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Howard Goodsell Cann (October 11, 1895 – December 18, 1992) a Bridgeport, Connecticut native 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 and a member of the track team. 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, and a punter, and also played in the backfield.

In 1920, Cann led the NYU basketball team to an Amateur Athletic Union National Championship title and was named the Helms Athletic Foundation Player of the Year as well as an All-American. 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.

Career highlights Helms Championship (1935), Premo-Porretta Championship (1935), and 5× Metropolitan New York Conference (1934, 1938, 1946, 1948, 1957). Named National Coach of the Year in 1947, Cann led the Violets to an undefeated season in 1933-34, a trip to the NCAA Final Four and national championship game in 1945, and to the NIT Final in 1948.