Western NY3 Regular Season Champions

Western NY3 Regular Season Champions

Full list of Western New York Little Three (WNY3) Conference men’s basketball regular season champions, including head coach, by year. Bold means team went on to win the NCAA National Championship the same year. The WNY3 was a small league consisting of three Roman Catholic institutions in Western New York state (Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure). The conference itself existed from 1946 through 1958 and the sole three member schools (plus nearby public school Buffalo) maintain strong rivalries still today.

NOTE: There was never a men’s basketball tournament in this conference.

Season Champion(s) Head Coach(es)
1946-47 Canisius Earl Brown
1947-48 Niagara Taps Gallagher
1948-49 Niagara (2) Taps Gallagher (2)
1949-50 Canisius (2) Joseph Niland
Niagara (3) Taps Gallagher (3)
St. Bonaventure Ed Melvin
1950-51 St. Bonaventure (2) Ed Melvin (2)
1951-52 Canisius (3) Joseph Niland (2)
St. Bonaventure (3) Ed Melvin (3)
1952-53 Niagara (4) Taps Gallagher (4)
1953-54 Niagara (5) Taps Gallagher (5)
1954-55 Niagara (6) Taps Gallagher (6)
1955-56 Canisius (4) Joseph Curran
1956-57 Canisius (5) Joseph Curran (2)
St. Bonaventure (4) Eddie Donovan
1957-58 St. Bonaventure (5) Eddie Donovan (2)

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