Thomas Niland

Inducted in 1988

  • Member of the Western New York State All-Star Team, football and basketball in high school.
  • Graduated Tonawanda High School.
  • 1941 Paratrooper, 101st Airborne Division
  • Served in the military form 1942 - 1945
  • Received a Silver Star and a Purple Heart during the Battle of the Bulge
  • 1947: Class President of Canisius College
  • Inducted into the Canisius College Hall of Fame
  • Joined LeMoyne College staff as a teacher, basketball coach, and athletic director: 1948
  • LeMoyne College Athletic Director for 43 years.
  • Coached LeMoyne College basketball for twenty-seven seasons; participated in seven NCAA post-season tournaments, compiling a 327-219 (.599) record.
  • Inducted into the LeMoyne College Hall of Fame.
  • National Catholic Coach of the Year: 1959-1960
  • Member of the NCAA Infractions Committee and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee.
  • Niland was the first non-Division I athletic director appointed to that governing body.
  • Introduced legislation bringing women’s programs under the umbrella of all-male NCAA.
  • 1974: Received the Blind Men and Criers annual “Edward J Kearney Award” given to the individual who has given back to the Syracuse community.
  • Received the Victor Hanson Medal: 1982 from Syracuse University’s Hardwood Club.
  • In 2000: LeMoyne College named it’s Athletic Complex in his honor.
  • Died in 2004
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