The Legends of WSSU Basketball. Clarence E. Gaines National Championship Millennium Club Black Magic Earl Monroe

151 The Legends of WSSU Basketball Clarence E. Gaines National Championship Millennium Club Black Magic Earl Monroe OFFICIAL Clarence E. Gaines
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151 The Legends of WSSU Basketball Clarence E. Gaines National Championship Millennium Club Black Magic Earl Monroe 152 OFFICIAL Clarence E. Gaines WSSU Hall of Fame Head Basketball Coach 48 Seasons ( ) Fifth All-Time Winningest NCAA Coach ( ) Clarence E. Big House Gaines, Sr. was born in Paducah, Kentucky, May 21, 1923, to Lester and Olivia Bolen Gaines. He attended the public schools of Paducah and graduated in 1941, as class salutatorian, from Paducah s Lincoln High School. He excelled academically, played basketball, was an All State football player, and played trumpet in the school band. Although he qualified academically to attend numerous colleges and universities Jim Crow segregation and a suggestion by the family physician (a schoolmate of legendary Morgan State University football coach, Eddie Hurt) caused young Gaines to enroll at Morgan State University in It was upon his arrival at the Baltimore, Maryland campus that Gaines received the nickname he is widely known by -- Big House. According to oral accounts the school s business manager took one look at the 6 ft. 3in., 265lb Gaines and declared: Boy, I never seen anything bigger than you but a house. While at Morgan State Gaines received recognition as an All-American football player and participated on the basketball and track teams. Gaines graduated from Morgan State in 1945 with a B.S. degree in Chemistry intent on furthering his education and attending dental school. His college coach, Eddie Hurt, recommended he temporarily go to Winston-Salem Teachers College in Winston-Salem, NC, to become the assistant coach to Brutus Wilson (a Morgan State graduate) who coached all sports at the small southern college. Upon Wilson s departure to Shaw University in 1946, Gaines became the head football and basketball coach, athletic director, trainer, and ticket manager. Gaines coached football from In 1948 Gaines was named CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) Football Coach of the Year after leading the RAMS to an 8-1 season. Beginning in 1949 Gaines only coached basketball, and served as athletic director. In 1950 Gaines received his masters degree in education from Columbia University. In 1950 Gaines married the former Clara Berry, a Latin language teacher in the (Winston-Salem) Forsyth county public school system. They are the parents of two children, Lisa Gaines McDonald, a private business consultant and Clarence Edward Gaines, Jr., a scout for the National Basketball Association s Chicago Bulls. Due to his proficiency as an athletic coach, teacher and humanitarian, Gaines has received numerous awards: CIAA Basketball Tournament Outstanding Coach Award; 1953, 57, 60, 61, 63, 66, 70, 77; CIAA Hall of Fame Inductee, 1975; NAIA Helms Hall of Fame Inductee, 1968; N.C. Sports Hall of Fame, 1978; CIAA Basketball Coach of the Year, 1957, 61, 63, 70, 75, 80; NAIA District 26 Outstanding Coach Award, ; Paul Robeson Award, 1980; Winston- Salem Urban League Family of the Year Award, 1973; Order of the Long Leaf Pine (N.C.); and the Silver Buffalo Award (Boy Scouts of America) etc. 153 During Coach Gaines 47-year tenure as coach and athletic director at Winston- Salem State University he coached former WSSU and professional basketball greats Cleo Hill (first African-American from an historically Black college and university to be drafted #1 by the National Basketball Association -- St. Louis Hawks, 1961) and Earl The Pearl Monroe Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and all star performer) of the National Basketball Association s New York Knicks. In 1967, as a result of his guidance and the all around play of future National Basketball Association All-Star Vernon Earl The Pearl Monroe, the Winston- Salem State College, men s basketball team won the 1967 National Collegiate Athletic Association s (NCAA) Division II Basketball Championship -- the first historically Black college to win a national championship. Subsequently, Gaines was named the NCAA Division II (1967) College Coach of the Year. In 1982 Gaines was recognized for his contribution to basketball by being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (named in honor of the inventor of basketball James Naismith). Involved in numerous professional and civic activities, in addition to his duties as athletic director, coach and instructor, Gaines was President of CIAA Basketball Coaches Association, ; NAIA District Chairman, ; President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, 1989; Co-founder of the Winston-Salem Youth Baseball League, Inc.,1960; Patterson Avenue YMCA Board of Management, ; Experiment in Self Reliance Board of Directors, 1987; Winston-Salem Automobile Club (AAA) Board of Directors, 1986; founder and former administrator of the Winston-Salem State University National Youth Sports Program and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Trustees and President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Other activities include membership in Sigma Pi Phi Boule and Omega Psi Phi fraternities, Boy Scouts of America, Forsyth County Heart Association, United States Olympic Committee, Model Cities Recreation Committee, Rotary Club of Winston-Salem and basketball consultant for the United States Air Force (Germany, England, Mexico). Upon his retirement as basketball coach at Winston-Salem State University in 1993, Gaines had amassed a win/loss record of , making him the winningest active basketball coach in NCAA history, and the second winningest collegiate basketball coach behind the University of Kentucky s late Adolph Rupp. However, following University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith s 877th career win in March 1997, coach Gaines became the third winningest basketball coach in NCAA history behind only Adolph Rupp (2nd), and Dean Smith (1st). Gaines was eventually surpassed by longtime friend Jim Phelan of Mt. St. Mary s University (formerly Mt. St. Mary s College the name change took place on June 8th, 2004), placing him fourth all-time in wins in NCAA Basketball history before Bobby Knight passed both Phelan and Gaines in 2005, moving Big House to fifth-place all-time. Clarence Gaines passed away on April 18th, He is survived by his lovely wife Clara and two children, Lisa and Clarence, Jr. Gaines legacy at Winston- Salem State University and in the college basketball world are surely to never be forgotten. 154 OFFICIAL One Man Team Earl Monroe Leads Winston-Salem State To Title Rams 1967 National Championship By: Bill Schrader Evansville, IN Winston-Salem State College, led by all-time collegiate scoring leader Earl Monroe, was shunned all season as one of the nation s top small-college basketball teams. The Rams couldn t be denied in the 1967 NCAA College Division tournament however, defeating sixth-ranked Akron University, second-ranked Kentucky Wesleyan and fifth-ranked Southwest Missouri en route to the national title. Those who had any reservations about the ability of Monroe saw them disappear as he went on a five-game scoring binge of 34, 49, 29, 23 and 40 points to win the Most Valuable Player Award hands down. When the regular season drew to a close, Winston-Salem had lost only once in 27 games, winning the Central Intercollegiate Athletic championship. Monroe was averaging 43 points per game to close in on the single-season scoring record. Passed Up By Experts This wasn t convincing enough for the experts, who never ranked the Rams higher than eleventh in the polls. The oversight became obvious in the Midwest Regional tournament at Akron as Winston-Salem started its title march by disposing of the sixth-ranked Zips, 88-80, behind Monroe s 49-point performance. The fitting climax came in the championship game as the Rams disposed of Southwest Missouri, Monroe contributed 40 points to the title victory. Seven professional scouts were on hand to reaffirm the previous evaluations that Monroe was one of collegiate basketball s blue chippers as an All-America choice of The Sporting News for Nothing he did dissuaded them. Monroe had some very talented teammates, but just the same the Rams were the closest thing to a one man team to win the coveted smallcollege championship. This stemmed from the coaching philosophy of Clarence Big House Gaines: When you need it, give it to the money man. Rams Stage Rally That s just what Winston-Salem did in the championship game as the Rams came from behind to overtake Southwest Missouri in the closing minutes. Monroe tallied 16 of the 21 points scored in the last ten minutes, including two clutch free throws with 25 seconds remaining to insure the win. Southwest Missouri had come close to spilling Winston-Salem with a zone defense that shut off the four other Rams starters and aggressive rebounding that stifled a usually productive fast break. With the front line of Danny Bolden, Don Carlson and Lou Shepherd hauling down 29 rebounds, Southwest Missouri had a edge on the boards. In the semifinal victory over defending champion Kentucky Wesleyan, the Rams 6-6, 230-pound sophomore center, Bill English, dominated the defensive boards to trigger the fast break, so Monroe was content to play the role of feeder and floor leader. He scored 24 points as 6-1 senior guard Eugene Smiley hit 27 and English contributed 22. The defense that Southwest Missouri threw at Winston-Salem drew accolades from Gaines. That s the best we ve been defensed all year he said. Anytime we re up against a team that uses its three good rebounders like Southwest Missouri did, we ve got problems. Losers Boast Balance Southwest Missouri, which also finished second in the national tournament in 1959, had balanced size across the front line with Shepherd, 6-7; Carlson, 6-6, and Bolden, 6-4. Bolden and Shepherd were also big offensive guns with 27 and 20 points, respectively. If Southwest Missouri Coach Bill Thomas had to do it over again, he wouldn t change a thing. Just one basket or one rebound in the last minute and a half could have made the difference, he said. We had the opportunity. We just didn t capitalize on it. 155 Thomas said his defensive strategy was to stick to the zone and send two men after Monroe as often as possible. I thought we played Monroe well. He added You re just not going to shut him off. Rams All-America Breaks Collegiate Scoring Record With 40 points in Earl Monroe s final game, the Winston-Salem senior brought his season s scoring total to 1,329 points, the most ever piled up by any college player. The previously recognized mark of 1255 was Bevo Francis of Rio Grande in 27 games in Monroe, an All-America choice of The Sporting News, achieved his total of in 32 games. The MVP of the NCAA s College Division finals, Monroe was named to the all-tournament team along with Danny Bolden and Lou Shepherd of Southwest Missouri and Sam Smith and Dallas Thornton of Kentucky Wesleyan Championship Record (31-1) WSSU Team Opp. Result 84 High Point 89 L 103 Livingstone 69 W 112 Fayetteville State 97 W 115 North Carolina College 96 W 103 Delaware State 69 W 113 Morgan State 97 W 94 Bethune-Cookman 79 W 105 Johnson C. Smith 84 W 101 Wilberforce 100 W 140 Fayetteville State 95 W 107 Norfolk State 95 W 98 Elizabeth City State 91 W 98 Johnson C. Smith 94 W 103 Elizabeth City State 94 W 87 North Carolina A&T 85 W 75 North Carolina College 68 W 99 Delaware State 81 W 87 Johnson C. Smith 81 W 119 Saint Augustine s 93 W 104 North Carolina A&T 93 W 110 Saint Augustine s 95 W 117 Norfolk State 113 W 115 Livingstone 77 W 92 Akron 84 W 114 Hampton 73 W 100 Johnson C. Smith 93 W 82 North Carolina A&T 105 W 71 Baldwin Wallace 56 W 88 #6 Akron 80 W 72 Long Island University 64 W 82 #2 Kentucky Wesleyan 73 W 77 #5 Southwest Missouri 74 W 1967 National Championship Team Roster Lite Dark No. No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown Ernest Brown G Sr. Bronx, NY William English F So. Salem, VA David Green G So. Washington, D.C Vaughn Kimbrough G Fr. Washington, D.C John Lathan C Fr. Charlotte, NC John Michaels F Fr. Winston-Salem, NC Earl Monroe G Sr. Philadelphia, PA James Reid C Sr. Lenoir, NC Eugene Smiley G Sr. Newark, NJ Steven Smith G Sr. Philadelphia, PA Johnny Watkins F Jr. Badin, NC Head Coach: Clarence Big House Gaines 156 The WSSU Millennium Club (1,000 pts +) OFFICIAL Earl Monroe - 2, Totals Alex Hooper - 1, Totals Cleo Hill - 2, Totals Alleggrie Guinn - 1, Totals Carlos Terry - 2, Totals Sandy Smith - 1, Totals William English - 2, Totals Mark Clark - 1, Totals Reggie Gaines - 2, Totals Steve Hood - 1, Totals Wilfred John - 1, Totals Harold Funny Kitt - 1, Totals 157 Earl Williams - 1, Totals Rodger Mason - 1, Totals Tom Paulin - 1, Totals Therman Greene - 1, Totals Mike Robinson - 1, Totals Eugene Smiley - 1, Totals Donald Helton - 1, Totals Audly Wehner - 1, Totals Kevin Cadillac Vaughn - 1, Totals Kevin McCray - 1, Totals Charlie Spell - 1, Totals Willie Curry - 1, Totals 158 OFFICIAL Earl The Pearl Monroe Full Name: Vernon Earl Monroe Born:12/21/44 in Philadelphia High School: John Bartram (Phila.) College: Winston-Salem (N.C.) Drafted by: Baltimore Bullets, 1967 (second pick overall) Transactions: Traded to New York Knicks, 10/10/71 Nickname: The Pearl Height: 6-3; Weight: 190 lbs. Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1990); NBA champion (1973); All-NBA First Team (1969); NBA Rookie of the Year (1968); NBA All-Rookie Team (1968); Four-time NBA All-Star (1969, 71, 75, 77); One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996). Before the arrival of Magic Johnson there was another Magic -- Black Magic, also known as Earl the Pearl. He was Earl Monroe, a dazzling ballhandler and one-on-one virtuoso who made crowds gasp with his slashing drives to the hoop. Monroe joined the NBA in 1967 and parlayed his talents into a distinguished 13-year career. He was part of a changing of the guard in the NBA, arriving at a time when high scorers like Dave Bing and Jerry West were showing that the backcourt could rack up points just as effectively as the center position. He finished with a career average of 18.8 ppg. Spectators were amazed not only by the number of points that Monroe scored but also by how he scored them. The ultimate playground player, is how Bill Bradley once described him to the New York Post. He loved to spin and twist through the paint and then launch off-balance, circus-like shots in the tradition of the Harlem Globetrotters. His shots went in often enough for Monroe to compile a respectable.464 career field-goal percentage and earn four All-Star Game appearances. More importantly, he was a key leader on two excellent teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s-the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks. Monroe grew up in a tough South Philadelphia neighborhood. As a youth he was more interested in soccer and baseball than in basketball, but by age 14 he had grown to 6-3 and had drawn the attention of school basketball coaches. Although he wasn t immediately adept at basketball, Monroe played center during most of his youth. His shake-and-bake moves originated in the tough contests played on Philly s asphalt playgrounds. I had to develop flukeyduke shots, what we call la-la, hesitating in the air as long as possible before shooting, he once explained. Monroe decided to attend Winston-Salem State, a small, historically black college in North Carolina. There he found a father figure in Coach Clarence Big House Gaines, a famed figure in black college sports and blossomed into a first-rate scorer. As a senior in , Monroe led his Winston-Salem State University Rams squad to an NCAA Division II title while averaging 41.5 points. A local sportswriter, the Winston-Salem Journal s Jerry McLeese penned the phrase Earl s Pearls to describe the points he tallied, and a nickname was born. Monroe, the No. 2 choice in the 1967 NBA Draft, was chosen by the Baltimore Bullets, a franchise that had not enjoyed much success. During his initial season the team showed little improvement, finishing in the Eastern Division cellar. Monroe, however, was a standout. He was named NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 24.3 points to finish fourth in the league in scoring. In one game against the Los Angeles Lakers he tossed in 56 points. The Bullets fortunes improved after they surrounded Monroe with a strong roster that included All-Star Wes Unseld, bruising forward Gus Johnson, talented Jack Marin, and guards Kevin Loughery and Fred Mad Dog Carter. Monroe was at the head of the pack, leading a run-and-gun attack that was fueled by Unseld s quick outlet passes. During the next three seasons Monroe averaged 25.8, 23.4 and 21.4 points, respectively, leading the Bullets into the playoffs each year. Lacking great speed and leaping ability, Monroe compensated with a feathery jump shot and a patented spin move that he initiated by bumping up against 159 an opponent and making contact before spinning away to launch one of his unorthodox shots. Most of all, Monroe made his mark with his uncanny moves to the hoop. Employing a hesitation dribble or perhaps a double-pump or triplepump fake, he would slip past mystified opponents and drop in layups. Observers said that watching him play was like listening to jazz; his moves resembled free-floating improvisations, riffs that took off in midflight and changed direction unpredictably. The thing is, I don t know what I m going to do with the ball, Monroe once admitted, and if I don t know, I m quite sure the guy guarding me doesn t know either. Fans and pros alike loved Monroe for his array of entertaining shots and his special flair. Put a basketball in his hands and he does wondrous things with it, said Bullets Coach Gene Shue. He has the greatest combination of basketball ability and showmanship. In a New York Post interview, Baltimore teammate Ray Scott was less circumspect: God couldn t go one-on-one with Earl. In , Monroe averaged 25.8 ppg to help the Bullets jump from last to first in their division. He also appeared in the All-Star Game for the first time, scoring 21 points and dazzling viewers with his moves. The season ended abruptly, however, when the Bullets faced the Knicks in the playoffs and were buried in four straight games. At season s end, Monroe was rewarded with a berth on the All-NBA First Team, the only such honor of his career. The Bullets and the Knicks hooked up again in the 1970 playoffs, tangling in a wild seven-game division semifinal. The Knicks prevailed a second time as Monroe starred in a losing effort. He fired in 39 points in a double-overtime loss to the Knicks in Game 1. The following year the Bullets got their revenge by overcoming the Knicks in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, taking the final game in the hostile environs of Madison Square Garden. Monroe had to wait for his first championship ring, however. The Milwaukee Bucks, led by MVP Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Oscar Robertson, vanquished the Bullets in four straight games in the NBA Finals, only the second time a team had been swept in the championship series. Monroe averaged 21.4 points for the season and made his second trip to the NBA All-Star Game. Monroe continued to be a key figure in the series of Bullets-Knicks playoffs that followed -- a bitterly contested, long-running saga in which the two clubs faced each other in six consecutive years from 1969 to The series offered exciting games and dream matchups, the best of all being the duel between Monroe and the cool, stylish Walt Clyde Frazier. Both stars had entered the NBA the same year (Frazier was drafted by the Knicks three notches below Monroe) and each was called upon to guard the other during games. Defensive wizard Frazier often battled Monroe to a standoff, but he likened guarding Monroe to watching a horror movie. After one skirmish Frazier marvelled, You d have to knock him out to stop him. He gets his body between you and the ball so you can t get at it. Yet, he seems so relaxed. He doesn t show
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