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William "Billy" Tindall

  • Player
  • Seasons: 1965-66, 1966-67, 1967-68
  • Number: 32
  • Position: C
  • Height: 6-5“
  • Weight: 185
  • Hometown: Bedford Hills, NY
  • High School: Fox Lane
  • Birthdate: ?

At UMass


  • Played and started all of UM's 74 games in his three varsity seasons.
  • 449 free throws attempted in his career was, at the time, most in program history. Since surpassed by many who could play as freshmen, which Tindall couldn't due to NCAA rules at the time.
  • 837 rebounds was, at the time, second-most in program history.
  • 11.3 rebounds per game still stands as fourth-most in program history, through the end of the 2020-21 season. See current list.
  • Led the team in minutes in each of his varsity seasons.
  • Inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. Bio page.
  • Also competed with UMass the track & field team. More on his accomplishments in his UM HOF bio.

1967-68 Senior year

  • First Team All Yankee Conference.
  • NABC All-District Second Team selection.
  • Team captain.
  • Led the team in scoring and rebounding with 19.6 points and 12.0 rebounds per game. His scoring average was, at the time, fourth-highest in UM history.
  • Scored 22.7 points per game in Yankee Conference games.
  • Played 38.2 minutes per game, leading the team, and a mark which still stands as fourth-most in UM history.1)
  • Set a new UMass record with 41 points versus Vermont (2/10), breaking the previous high of 39 by Bill Prevey from 1952. The 41 point mark stood as UM's best until Luwane Pipkins scored 44 in the overtime win versus La Salle on 1/10/2018. (Pipkins scored 38 in regulation and another six in overtime.)2)
  • The 41 points stood as UM's best in games at the Curry Hicks Cage.
  • In that game, Tindall shot 19-33 from the floor. Both numbers stand as UM highs in a game.3)4)
  • Scored 32 points at New Hampshire (1/20). Shot 14-20 from the line in the game, both numbers set his career highs.

1966-67 Junior year

  • Second Team All Yankee Conference.
  • NABC All-District First Team selection.
  • Led the team in free throw percentage (.672), scoring with 17.2 points, and minutes with 36.6 per game. Second in rebounding (10.9) to Tim Edwards (13.7).
  • Scored 37 points versus DePaul (12/29). This still stands as the UM record for points in a game at a neutral site.5)
  • Scored 34 points the next night versus Texas (12/30).

1965-66 Sophomore year

  • Second Team All Yankee Conference.
  • Led the team in field goal percentage (.509), rebounding at 11.0, and minutes at 35.5 per game. Third on the team in scoring with 14.9 points per game.
  • Scored 33 points at AIC (1/4).




Drawing of Tindall for the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame
…and the actual photo that inspired it.
In action versus Maine.
With his Junior and Senior season coach, Jack Leaman.

Professional career

  • Selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the 13th Round of the NBA Draft.6) Tindall was the first from UMass ever selected in the NBA Draft. However, he never ended up playing in the league.
  • Served as an assistant coach with UMass in the 1968-69 season.
billy_tindall.txt · Last modified: 2022/03/31 11:43 by mikeuma