|Born||March 2, 1896|
Grafton, West Virginia
|Died||May 20, 1983 (aged 87)|
|1922–1925||Waynesburg (football, baseball, tennis)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|1954–1967||New York Military Academy|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 Helms National (1939)
1 Premo-Porretta National (1936)
2 NIT (1939, 1941)
|Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 1968 (profile)
|College Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2006
Clair Francis Bee (March 2, 1896 – May 20, 1983) was an American basketball coach, who led the team at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York to undefeated seasons in 1936 and 1939, as well as two National Invitation Tournament titles in 1939 and 1941. He was born in Grafton, West Virginia, and was a graduate of Waynesburg University (then Waynesburg College) where he played football, baseball, and tennis. He was born to James Edward Bee (1871-1933) and Margaret Ann Skinner.
Bee's teams won 95 percent of their games from 1931 to 1951, including 43 in a row from 1935 to 1937. Bee holds the Division I NCAA record for highest winning percentage, winning 82.6% of the games he was head coach. Bee resigned in 1951 after several of his players were implicated in the CCNY Point Shaving Scandal. LIU shut down its athletic program shortly afterward.
Bee was known as the "Innovator". His contributions to the game of basketball include the 1-3-1 zone defense and the three-second rule. Bee also served as co-host of the early NBC sports-oriented television program "Campus Hoopla" on WNBT from 1946 to 1947.
His influence on the game also extended to strategies sports camps (Camp All-America), (Kutsher's Sports Academy), writing technical coaching books, and conducting coaching clinics around the world. By the time he left coaching in the 1950s, Bee had already begun writing the Chip Hilton Sports Series for younger readers.
Bee was inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame in 1968. The Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award is awarded every year to a coach who makes an outstanding contribution to the game of college basketball, and the Chip Hilton Player of the Year Award is awarded to a men's basketball player.
Head coaching record
|Rider Roughriders (Independent) (1929?–1930?)|
|Long Island Blackbirds (Independent) (1940)|
|Rider Roughriders (Independent) (1928–1931)|
|Long Island Blackbirds (Independent) (1931–1943)|
|1935–36||Long Island||25–0||Premo-Porretta National Champions|
|1937–38||Long Island||23–5||NIT Quarterfinals|
|1938–39||Long Island||23–0||Helms Foundation National Champions|
|1939–40||Long Island||19–4||NIT Quarterfinals|
|1940–41||Long Island||25–2||NIT Champions|
|1941–42||Long Island||25–3||NIT Quarterfinals|
|1946–47||Long Island||17–5||NIT Quarterfinals|
|1949–50||Long Island||20–5||NIT Quarterfinals|
|Long Island:||360–80 (.818)|
Postseason invitational champion
|Rider Roughriders (Independent) (1929)|
|Long Island Blackbirds (Independent) (1934–1939)|
|Long Island:||75–22–4 (.762)|
Postseason invitational champion
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|BAL||1952–53||70||16||54||.229||4th in Eastern||2||0||2||.000||Lost in Div. Semifinals|
|BAL||1953–54||72||16||56||.222||5th in Eastern||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
- LIU streaks
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-26. Retrieved 2009-07-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Long Island University Blackbirds All-Time Football Records
- Basketball Hall of Fame bio
- ESPN, ed. (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: ESPN Books. p. 544. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2.