Joe Vancisin

Joe Vancisin (1922-2021)

Teams coached: Yale Bulldogs
Yale record: 206-242 (.460)
Overall record: 206-242 (.460)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1957, 1962)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0 
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0 
  • Ivy League Regular Season Champion:  3  (1957, 1962, 1963)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1956-1975 Yale
1948-1956 Minnesota (asst)
1947-1948 Michigan (asst)
1944-1945 Dartmouth (freshmen)

Joe Vancisin Facts

  • Joseph Richard Vancisin
  • Born June 4, 1922
  • Died March 23, 2021
  • Hometown: Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Alma Mater: Dartmouth College (BA, 1944)
  • Played basketball and baseball at Bassick HS (CT); was captain of the 1940 New England Champion basketball team as a senior
  • Attended Dartmouth College, where he continued playing both baseball and basketball
  • Served in the US Air Force Strategic Air Command in Washington DC during World War II
  • Rejoined Cowles in Michigan, where he spent one year as an assistant coach at Michigan
  • Worked under Cowles for another eight seasons at Minnesota before becoming a head coach
  • Hired in 1956 to be the head coach at Yale in his home state of Connecticut
    • Went 206-242 over 19 seasons as the Bulldogs’ head coach
  • Was an assistant for Team USA for the 1976 and 1980 Olympics (under Dean Smith and Dave Gavitt, respectively)
  • During his coaching career, Vancisin was active with the NABC and served as board president in 1974
  • Stopped coaching in 1975 and became the executive director of the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) in 1975; held that position until retiring in 1992
  • Received the John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993 and inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor in 2011
  • Passed away in March 2021 at the age of 98; Vancisin was survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Elizabeth, their two children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild

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