Founder, owner and coach of the New York Renaissance who led the team to dominance in the 20's, 30's and 40's. He is often referred to as "The Father of Black Basketball" and became the first black person to be enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
He originally organized two Harlem-based amateur teams, the Spartan Braves and the Spartan Hornets, in before founding the Renaissance in 1923.
As the head coach of the Renaissance, he posted a career winning percentage of .859 and won 88 consecutive games during the 1932-33 season.
He married Cora Dismond and had no children.
He coached John Isaacs, who was announced as a fellow inductee into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.