Rider Hall of Fame BIO
  •  Sport: Basketball, Football, Baseball
  •  Date Inducted: October 1990

In 1929, Clair Bee founded varsity athletics at Rider, creating the first collegiate schedules at the institution. He coached football, men's and women's basketball and baseball. A great innovator for the sport of basketball, Bee is the man responsible for the three-second rule and the shot clock. His 1930 men's basketball team, was the first team in the nation to score 1,000 points in a single season. He compiled a 52-8 record in three seasons at Rider. Bee is a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA, and a member of the New York Hall of Fame. During his years at Long Island University, he captured two National Championships. Not only was he a coach, Clair Bee is the author of many books on basketball, including the popular Chip Hilton series.