Rider Hall of Fame BIO
  •  Sport: Basketball
  •  Date Inducted: October 1993

"Tiger" Tom coached Men's Basketball for 15 years. He had a 199-157 record with such Rider greats as Jack Madden, Leo Chester, Ray Walowski, and Herd Kay. In 1957, his team was the first Rider squad to win 20 games (20-8) and they defeated heavily favored St. Michael's of Vermont to advance to the national quarterfinals in Evansville. In 1958, he compiled 11 straight wins enroute to a 17-8 record and the NAIA District 31 playoffs for the third consecutive year, advancing to Kansas City for the national tournament. His 1956 team was the first Rider squad to advance to the District playoffs. Tom came to Rider in the early 1940's (Paul Owens of the Philadelphia Phillies played for him in 1943). He left Rider for the service during the war, returning in 1946 for 13 more years.