Alex Severance

Alex Severance (1905-1985)

Teams coached: Villanova Wildcats
Villanova record: 413-201 (.673)
Overall record: 413-201 (.673)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  4  (1939, 1949, 1951, 1955)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1955)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  1  (1939)
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  2  (1959, 1960)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1936-1961 Villanova

Alex Severance Facts

  • Alexander G. Severance, Sr.
  • Born June 3, 1905
  • Died April 1, 1985
  • Hometown: New York City, New York
  • Alma Mater: Villanova University (BA, 1929) / Temple University (JD, 1932)
  • Originally from NYC, Severance played college ball at Villanova for head coach Josh Cashman
  • Started his coaching career in 1936, taking over as head coach at his alma mater
    • Coached the Wildcats for 25 seasons, compiling an overall record of 413-201
    • Went to four NCAA Tournaments and two NITs in a time when far fewer teams were invited to both
      • Led the Wildcats to the Final Four in 1939, the first-ever NCAA Tournament
    • Also served as a business law professor during his time at Villanova and coached the baseball team in 1944
  • Passed away at the age of 79 on April 1st, 1985, the same day the Villanova Wildcats won their first NCAA Championship
    • Posthumously inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2016

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