Joseph Niland

Joseph Niland (1917-2007)

Teams coached: Gannon Knights, Canisius Golden Griffins
Gannon record^: 8-14 (.364)
Canisius record: 72-53 (.576)
Overall record^: 80-67 (.544)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1948-1953 Canisius
1947-1948 Gannon

Joseph Niland Facts

  • Joseph Patrick Niland
  • Born October 24, 1917
  • Died February 18, 2007
  • Hometown: Tonawanda, New York
  • Alma Mater: Canisius College (BA, 1942)
  • The NY-native was a three-time captain at Canisius and earned All-American honors as a senior in 1942
    • Inducted into the Canisius Sports HOF in 1964 and the Greater Buffalo Sports HOF in 2001
  • After graduation, Niland served during World War II in the US Army’s 20th Armored Division
  • Upon his return to the States, Niland became the head basketball coach at Gannon University in Erie, PA
    • The program was not NCAA affiliated at the time; Niland went 8-14 in one season with the Knights
  • Returned to his alma mater, Canisius, in 1948 and led the Griffins for the next five seasons
  • His sons, Joseph Jr. and David, both went into college coaching; he was an uncle to long-time collegiate head coach John Beilein and a great-uncle to John’s son, Patrick Beilein

Joseph Niland Coaching Tree

  • Bob MacKinnon (New Jersey Nets, Spirits of St. Louis, Canisius)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA and Non-NCAA collegiate levels