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Neil Cohalan


Who is Neil Cohalan?

Neil Cohalan was a professional basketball coach. He was the first coach of the New York Knickerbockers, and has the distinction of being the winning coach of the very first game played in the Basketball Association of America, the forerunner to the modern NBA. The game, a November 1, 1946 contest between the Knickerbockers and the Toronto Huskies played in famed Maple Leaf Gardens, was won 68-66 by the Knickerbockers.

  • born on (109 years ago)
  • education: Manhattan College
  • died on (47 years ago)

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing (2011)

by Linda E. Swayne, Mark Dodds

The first Knicks head coach was Neil Cohalan, who had been coach at Manhattan College (1929 –42).

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