Key Dates in NABC History


  • Coaches association is founded by legendary University of Kansas coach Forrest C. "Phog" Allen.


  • Holds first convention at Windermere Hotel in Chicago where about 100 coaches attend.


  • Past NABC president Harold Olsen conceives concept of national championship event for college basketball. The Hall of Fame Ohio State University coach goes on to serve as tournament chairman from its inception through 1946.


  • Stages first National Tournament in Evanston, Ill., at the Northwestern Fieldhouse; Oregon defeats Ohio State for championship. Efforts of Olson, Arthur "Dutch" Lonborg, Paul "Tony" Hinkle and Phog Allen shows collegiate championship has great potential of becoming a premier sports event despite $2,500 loss in first year.


  • After making a profit of $9,500 in second year of operation, NABC asks NCAA to take over administration of National Tournament primarily because the coaches were too busy coaching their teams. In exchange, the NCAA provides complimentary tickets for NABC members to the Finals and places an NABC member on its Tournament Committee.


  • Northwestern coach Dutch Lonborg succeeds tournament founder Harold Olson as chairman of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee. Lonborg holds post until 1960.
  • Names its first All-America team. Kentucky's Alex Groza and Ralph Beard headline the first team along with Andrew Phillip of Illinois, Gerald Tucker of Oklahoma and Sid Tannenbaum of NYU.


  • Campaign to form Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame unfolds at annual convention.


  • Celebrates association's 25th anniversary.


  • Hall of Fame inducts its first class, headed by basketball founder James A. Naismith and Edward J. Hickox also from Springfield College.
  • Edgar "Eddie" Hickey of Marquette University is named the NABC's first national Coach of the Year.


  • Hires Clifford Wells of Tulane University as the first executive secretary to help conduct the affairs of the association.


  • Plays inaugural NABC College All-Star Game in Lexington, Ky. Bowling Green coach Harold Anderson directs the East to a 77-70 victory.


  • William L. Wall of MacMurray College succeeds Cliff Wells as executive secretary.


  • Names its first National Player of the Year, David Thompson of North Carolina State is honored.
  • Names its first Silver Anniversary All-America team. Bernard Adams of Princeton, Bob Cousy of Holy Cross, Bill Gray of Chicago, Fred Taylor of Ohio State and Paul Unruh of Bradley are honored as the first 25-year team.
  • n Retired Yale University coach Joseph R. Vancisin is selected as executive director.


  • Assocation celebrates 50th anniversary during nation's bicentennial year.


  • Annual NABC All-Star Game is held during Final Four weekend for the first time and ever since.


  • John Thompson of Georgetown University becomes the first African-American to serve as president of the NABC.


  • Adopts Code of Ethics at annual convention in New Orleans, La.
  • Names Duke University guard Tommy Amaker as recipient of the first Defensive Player of the Year Award.


  • Celebrates 50th anniversary of NCAA Championship during Final Four in Kansas City, Mo.


  • Celebrates basketball centennial


  • 30th NABC All-Star Game draws 10,344 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Joe Vancisin retires after 17 years as executive director.
  • Strategically moves its national office to Overland Park, Kan., to be in closer proximity to the NCAA headquarters. The relocation is made in an effort to improve the working relationship with the NCAA.
  • Appoints new executive director James A. Haney who oversees hiring of the association's first full-time staff.
  • Forms NABC Congress with one representative coach appointed from each NCAA Division I, II and III conference.
  • Publishes first issue of monthly NABC Courtside magazine which replaces the quarterly Basketball Bulletin.


  • First Fan Jam draws over 25,000 basketball fans during Final Four weekend in New Orleans.
  • n Initiates Coaches vs. Cancer program in conjunction with American Cancer Society following Norm Stewart's Three-Point Attack program at the University of Missouri. To date, Coaches vs. Cancer has raised over $10 million for cancer research, patient services and prevention education.


  • Basketball coaches and college athletic administrators gather for first Issues Summit staged in Charlotte, N.C.


  • Sells Fan Jam production rights to NCAA; event is renamed Hoop City. During a five-year span at the Final Four, Fan Jam attracts over 400,000 basketball fans.
  • Initiates nationwide reading program with coaches and student-athletes reading visiting elementary schools and reading with students.


  • Inaugural NABC Classic played at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Launches home page,, on Internet.


  • Stages Century Celebration during annual convention; John Wooden named Coach of the Century, Oscar Robertson named Player of the Century.
  • First NABC Roundball Challenge with Harlem Globetrotters is played at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
  • Honors Iowa State's Marcus Fizer as first recipient of the Pete Newell Big Man Award.
  • Initiates One Nation, One Flag, One People program with pre-game ceremony advocating racial harmony.


  • Donates $100,000 to free Sudanese slaves in Africa.
  • Launches Guardians of the Game program to include NABC coaches participating in a National Service Week.
  • Establishes Ethics Committee to protect and integrity of the game and to address the conduct of its members.
  • Ethics Summit to be staged in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Inaugural 16-team Guardians Classic to be played at four host sites with semi-finals being held at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.


  • Celebrates association's 75th anniversary during 2001-02 college basketball season.
  • Presents the first Guardians of the Game awards, presented annually to emphasize the NABC’s four core values of advocacy, education, leadership and service.  The presentations are made during the NABC convention at the Guardians of the Game awards show.


  • NABC Honors Court program established, honoring juniors and seniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2.


  • The NABC Foundation holds its first induction ceremonies for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.  The inductees at this historic event were Dr. James Naismith, who invented basketball as a contributor; San Francisco’s Bill Russell and Cincinnati’s Oscar Robertson as players; and coaches John Wooden of UCLA and Dean Smith of North Carolina.


  • The NABC Division I All-Star game resumes play between two teams of college all-stars after facing the Harlem Globetrotters each year in a series that began in 2000.
  • The NABC Foundation opens the College Basketball Experience, an experiential facility highlighting men’s college basketball and home of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.  
  • Guardians Classic at Kemper Arena renamed CBE Classic and moves to new Sprint Center in Kansas City.


  • Annual NABC Division I All-Star is played for the first time on the Final Four floor at the Alamodome in San Antonio.


  • NABC produces first electronic version of Time-Out Magazine.


  • NABC Expo transitions to NABC MARKETPLACE at 2010 Convention in Indianapolis.
  • NABC holds first all-star game for NCAA Division III at the NCAA Championship in Salem, Va.


  • NABC initiates online membership system with direct access for members.
  • CBE Classic changes name to CBE Hall of Fame Classic.


  • Partners with Allstate Insurance to create the Allstate NABC Good Works Team®. 
  • NABC and the NCAA celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, started by the NABC in 1939.  
  • The NABC Foundation announces the creation of a Benevolent Fund, intended to provide financial and other assistance to members of the NABC who suffer severe economic or emotional strain due to various circumstances, including job loss.
  • NABC Committee on Academics creates the Team Academic Excellence Award, recognizing outstanding academic achievement by programs with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for all men’s basketball team members.


  • Final Coaches vs Cancer Classic is held in November at Brooklyn’s Barclays’ Center.


  • A NABC ad hoc committee, working with the NCAA and the NBA, was successful in crafting a proposal adopted by the NCAA Division I Council in January.  The new rule allowed men’s basketball student-athletes to enter their names in the NBA draft, attend the NBA combine for evaluation and then have 10 days to withdraw from the draft and return to school, retaining their eligibility.
  • A second ad hoc committee is formed to examine student-athlete time demands for men’s basketball.
  • Establishes a third ad hoc committee to work with the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship selection, seeding and bracketing process.