Edmund Dollard

Edmund Dollard

Basketball

Enshrined: 2009

Died: 1964

Coach Edmund Dollard led the Syracuse University basketball team to an undefeated 12-0 season in 1913-1914. Dollard’s coaching stint at SU (1911-1924) was called "among the brightest products in the history of the game" by former Syracuse Herald Journal Sports Editor Arnie Burdick.

Dollard’s won-lost record was 148-56 over 14 years with a .725 winning percentage. Dollard had 11 consecutive winning seasons and won a national championship (1917-1918) as designated by the Helms Foundation. At one point in his SU coaching career, the Orange won 46 consecutive home games.

A 1904 graduate of Christian Brothers Academy and 1908 graduate of Syracuse University, Dollard played varsity baseball and basketball. He was a basketball captain his senior year. In a publication, The History of Basketball, Roy Fairman, circa 1930, a quote tells the importance of Dollard on the national scene: "Few men have had a greater influence in basketball during its transition from crude past-time to a highly scientific game played today than Edmund A. Dollard".

Dollard was 79 when he died in 1964. He held a number of local positions during his business career from tax commissioner to real estate executive. Dollard was this year’s selection of the Old-Timer’s Committee.

 

 

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