General Joseph Warren Stilwell (March 19, 1883 – October 12, 1946) was a United States Army four-star General best-known for his service in China and Burma. For his purported concern for the average soldier and forthright manner, he was nicknamed "Uncle Joe" and "Vinegar Joe." As a cadet at the United States Military Academy, Stilwell organized the first varsity basketball team, starred on it and coached it.
Stilwell played for and coached the 1903 and 1904 teams at West Point, during his junior and senior years. When he returned to West Point as an instructor, he again took over basketball coaching duties for the 1907-08 season. He continued coaching through the 1910-11 season and again for the 1913-14 season. His cumulative record was 49-17.
His best season was 1909-10, when the team finished 14-1. That year the Cadets defeated several Ivy League powers (Yale, Penn and Brown), as well as other strong Eastern teams (Penn State, Georgetown and NYU). Their only loss came in a close contest with Swarthmore College, a small Quaker school outside of Philadelphia, 27-26.