Bernard Louis Carnevale (October 30, 1915 – March 25, 2008) was an American basketball coach and college athletic administrator. He served as the head basketball coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1944 to 1946 and the United States Naval Academy from 1946 to 1966, compiling a career college basketball coaching record of 309–171. Carnevale was the athletic director at the College of William & Mary from 1972 to 1981. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1970.
|Born||October 30, 1915|
Raritan, New Jersey
|Died||March 25, 2008 (aged 92)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|1972–1981||William & Mary|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|SoCon Tournament (1945)|
SoCon regular season (1946)
|Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 1970
|College Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2006
Born in Raritan, New Jersey, Carnevale was a graduate of Somerville High School in Somerville, New Jersey. He graduated from New York University, where he was a member of the 1935 national championship team and played in the first National Invitation Tournament in 1938. While at NYU he was coached by the legendary Howard Cann. He served as a Navy officer during World War II, receiving the Purple Heart.
Carnevale was the head basketball coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1944 to 1946. While coaching at UNC, he led the team to their first appearance in the title game. The Tar Heels lost the game to Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State), who won their second national crown under legendary coach Henry Iba.
Carnevale then moved to Navy between 1946 and 1966, compiling a 257–160 record despite the Naval Academy height restrictions, at that time 6'5" (1.96 m). Carnevale was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1970.
Head coaching recordEdit
|North Carolina Tar Heels (Southern Conference) (1944–1946)|
|1945–46||North Carolina||30–5||13–1||T–1st||NCAA Runner-up|
|Navy Midshipmen (NCAA University Division independent) (1946–1966)|
|1952–53||Navy||16–5||NCAA First Round|
|1953–54||Navy||18–8||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1958–59||Navy||18–6||NCAA University Division Sweet 16|
|1959–60||Navy||16–6||NCAA University Division First Round|
|1961–62||Navy||13–8||NIT First Round|
Postseason invitational champion
- Associated Press (March 26, 2008). "Former Navy coach Ben Carnevale dies at age 92". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 27, 2008.
- Frezza Jr., Harry. "Raritan man attends Final Four for 57th time", Courier News, April 1, 2001. Accessed August 2, 2007. "Ben Carnevale, who turns 86 on October 30, has had the kind of life some people might call legendary. In fact, when you look at his life, which began in a house just off the last trolley stop on Gaston Avenue in Raritan Borough, you might agree. The 1934 Somerville High School graduate is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He is also the winningest coach in United States Naval Academy history, a survivor of a ship that was torpedoed during World War II, and somebody who had a lot to do with building the NCAA basketball tournament."
- Bernard L. "Ben" Carnevale Archived July 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Accessed August 3, 2007.