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Dick Bihr inducted into NYS Basketball Hall of Fame

Former Buffalo State basketball coach Dick Bihr entered another Hall of Fame today.

Bihr was inducted into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Glens Falls Civic Center’s Heritage Hall during this weekend’s state Federation Tournament in high school basketball.

Bihr, who is also a member of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and the Buffalo State Hall of Fame, was the head coach of the Bengals for 25 years. He compiled an overall record of 449-211, won 11 State University of New York Athletic Conference titles and led Buffalo State to 12 NCAA Division III tournaments. He was also named SUNYAC Coach of the Year six times. Before coaching at Buffalo State, Bihr was the head coach at St. Joe's for eight years, winning 121 games and two Manhattan Cup titles.

Bihr was the only collegiate inductee among this year’s class, which also included: Fred Ahart (Roscoe boys), Rich Castellano (Northport girls), Tim Leary (St. Francis Prep boys), Bill Merna (Ogdensburg boys), Ken Strube (Shenendehowa girls), Dean Schott (Lyons boys), Cecil Watkins (contributor) and Bob Zeh (Oneonta boys and girls). There are now 113 members in the Hall of Fame.

Other Western New Yorkers inducted to the hall include coaches Martha Altmire (Olean girls), Bill Bilowus (Lackawanna boys), Dick Harvey (Kenmore West boys), Bob Hettler (Amherst boys), Robert MacKinnon (Canisius High, Canisius College), Pat Monti (LaSalle boys), Mel Palano (Bishop Timon-St. Jude boys) and players Larry Costello (Niagara U.) and Bob Lanier (Bennett High, St. Bonaventure).

---Keith McShea


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