Joseph Curran (basketball)

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Joseph Curran
Biographical details
Born(1922-06-28)June 28, 1922
Hornell, New York
DiedJanuary 28, 2012(2012-01-28) (aged 89)
Mystic, Connecticut
Playing career
1943–1944Penn State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall76–66 (.535)

J. Joseph Curran (June 28, 1922 – January 28, 2012) was an American college basketball coach. He coached at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York from 1953 to 1959.

Curran served in the United States Navy during World War II, then attended Canisius, Cornell and Pennsylvania State University after the war - playing basketball at Penn State during the 1943–44 season.

Curran became the coach at Canisius in 1953. He coached for the Golden Griffins for six seasons, leading them to three consecutive NCAA tournaments in 1955, 1956 and 1957. Their 79-77 upset of North Carolina State in four overtimes in 1956 is considered one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history. Curran's all-time record at Canisius was 76-66.

Joseph Curran died on January 28, 2012.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Canisius Golden Griffins (Western New York Little Three Conference) (1953–1958)
1953–54 Canisius 9–14 1–3 3rd
1954–55 Canisius 18–7 2–2 2nd NCAA Sweet 16
1955–56 Canisius 19–7 4–0 1st NCAA Sweet 16
1956–57 Canisius 22–6 3–1 T–1st NCAA University Division Sweet 16
1957–58 Canisius 2–19 0–2 T-2nd
Canisius Golden Griffins (Independent) (1958–1959)
1958–59 Canisius 6–13
Canisius: 76–66 (.535) 10–8 (.556)
Total: 76–66 (.535)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Former Canisius coach Joseph Curran passes away". 2011. Archived from the original on February 10, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2012.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)