Nat Holman Inducted in 1991
Inducted in 1991
Nat Holman (October 19, 1896 – February 12, 1995) was a player and college coach. He attended P.S. 62 and was then a star in basketball, soccer, and football. Known for his exceptional ball-handling and his accurate shooting, Holman was a star player for the NYU Violets men's basketball team. Holman was also an important player for the Original Celtics, which were no relation to the Boston Celtics. Also a gifted passer and excellent floor leader, Holman was a prototype of later playmakers. 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 before. Holman coached 1919-1952 CCNY, 1954-1956 CCNY, and 1958-1959 CCNY. He is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.