Eddie Malanowicz

Eddie Malanowicz

Born in Buffalo, NY, Edmund Malanowicz attended Fosdick-Masten High School (now City Honors) and then became a two-sport standout athlete at the University at Buffalo.
He was team captain for both the basketball and football teams in 1932.

In his three seasons with the UB basketball team, he led the Bulls to a 45-4 record. In 1929, as a member of the football team, he had touchdown runs of 95, 80, 73, 55, and 53 yards. He still holds the school record for a 104-yard kickoff return for a TD.

Following his time at UB, he played in the National Basketball League for the Buffalo Bisons during the 1937–38 season and averaged 7.2 points per game.

He later served as the head coach for the Rochester Royals from 1945–48. His team won the 1945-46 NBL championship. The following two years, his squads finished first in the Eastern Division, but lost in the championship.

He served as an assistant coach for the Royals from 1948–51, as the team transitioned from the NBL to the BAA and then the NBA. He was the assistant coach when the Royals captured the NBA championship in a seven-game series win against the New York Knicks.

Eddie Malanowicz passed away in 1967 at the age of 56.

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