Vince Boryla

American basketball player, coach, and executive (1927–2016)

Vincent Joseph Boryla (March 11, 1927 – March 27, 2016) was an American basketball player, coach and executive. His nickname was "Moose".

Vince Boryla
Personal information
Born(1927-03-11)March 11, 1927
East Chicago, Indiana
DiedMarch 27, 2016(2016-03-27) (aged 89)
Denver, Colorado
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolWashington (East Chicago, Indiana)
Playing career1949–1954
Number19, 12
Career history
As player:
19491954New York Knicks
As coach:
19551958New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Stats at
Men's basketball
Representing the  United States
Gold medal – first place 1948 London Team competition

Early life


Boryla was born in East Chicago, Indiana. He studied at East Chicago Washington High School in 1944. He played basketball at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Denver.[1] Boryla was part of the U.S team that won the gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.[1]



Boryla played for the New York Knicks in the early 1950s. In 1951, Boryla scored nine points in the 1951 NBA All-Star Game. He played in the NBA Finals in 1951 and 1953. Boryla was not in the 1952 playoffs. He later became the Knicks' coach from 1956 to 1958, and had an 80-85 record with them.[1]

Later in his career, Boryla became the general manager of the American Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets early in their history when they were first the Kansas City ABA team and then the Denver Larks. He was also the general manager of the ABA's Utah Stars. Boryla later rejoined the Nuggets when the franchise joined the NBA. He won the NBA Executive of the Year Award with the Nuggets in 1984.

Boryla died in Denver, Colorado on March 27, 2016 from complications of pneumonia, aged 89.[2][3]



Boryla was added into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 1984 into the National Polish-American Hall of Fame.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Weber, Bruce (March 29, 2016), "Vince Boryla, an N.B.A. Jack of All Trades, Dies at 89", The New York Times
  2. "(AP via Yahoo! News, former NBA player coach and GM Vince Boryla dies at 89". Archived from the original on 2017-03-06. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  3. "Vince Boryla, an N.B.A. Jack of All Trades, Dies at 89". New York March 29, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  4. "Vince Boryla « National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame and Museum". 1984-05-31. Retrieved 2013-11-06.

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