Success has followed this Akron native throughout his career as an athlete, teacher, coach, attorney and parent. It didn't come easy, it was the result of persistent drive and a lot of hard work. Endress entered The University of Akron in 1936 after excelling in athletics at Akron South High. He earned six letters for the Zippers while playing football (1939) and basketball (1939-40). He parlayed his outstanding skills and love for basketball into a four-year stint in the professional ranks. As a sophomore at UA, Endress became a starter under Coach Paul Bixler and went on to top the team in scoring with 158 points. The next two seasons he was used primarily as a defensive specialist, guarding the opposition's high scorer. He signed with the Cleveland Allman Transfers of the National Basketball League in 1943, scoring 367 points in 67 games over the next three seasons. When Cleveland joined the fledgling National Basketball Association in 1946, Endress remained on the roster, appearing in 16 games. Later, he turned his attention to teaching and coaching. Ned's 15-year coaching career began at Twinsburg High in 1950, moved to St. Mary High for five years and finished out the remaining nine years at St. Vincent's High. His 1951-52 St. Mary's cagers compiled an 18-4 record and reached the Regional Championship before bowing out. Endress somehow found time to earn a law degree in 1954 and help raise three sons and a daughter.