|Born||October 30, 1915|
|Died||March 25, 2008(aged 92)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
As a player:
1935 – National Championship Team
1938 – played in the first National Invitation Tournament
Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 1970
College Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2006
Born in Raritan, New Jersey, Carnevale was a graduate of Somerville High School in Somerville, New Jersey. He graduated from New York University, where he was a member of the 1935 national championship team and played in the first National Invitation Tournament in 1938. While at NYU he was coached by the legendary Howard Cann. He served as a Navy officer during World War II, receiving the Purple Heart.
Carnevale was the head basketball coach the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1944 to 1946 and the Navy between 1947 and 1967, compiling a 257-160 record despite the Naval Academy height restrictions, at that time 6'5" (1.96 m). Carnevale was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1970.
While coaching at UNC, he led the team to their first appearance in the title game. The Tar Heels lost the game to Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State), who won their second national crown under legendary coach Henry Iba.
Head coaching record
- Associated Press (2008-03-26). "Former Navy coach Ben Carnevale dies at age 92". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
- Frezza Jr., Harry. "Raritan man attends Final Four for 57th time", Courier News, April 1, 2001. Accessed August 2, 2007. "Ben Carnevale, who turns 86 on October 30, has had the kind of life some people might call legendary. In fact, when you look at his life, which began in a house just off the last trolley stop on Gaston Avenue in Raritan Borough, you might agree. The 1934 Somerville High School graduate is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He is also the winningest coach in United States Naval Academy history, a survivor of a ship that was torpedoed during World War II, and somebody who had a lot to do with building the NCAA basketball tournament."
- Bernard L. "Ben" Carnevale, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Accessed August 3, 2007.