“THE ’NOVA NATION HAS LOST A LEGEND AND GREAT LEADER. COACH’S LOVE OF FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND TEAMWORK WERE EVIDENT IN EVERY GAME HIS TEAMS EVER PLAYED. ALL OF US, AS COACHES AND PLAYERS, IDOLIZED COACH MASS. ... HE NEVER STOPPED BEING A CHERISHED MENTOR AND FRIEND.”
Villanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright, on the death of Rollie Massimino, 82. The coaching icon led Villanova for 19 seasons and guided the Wildcats to the 1985 NCAA national championship, stunning No. 1 Georgetown 66-64. Massimino, who was inducted into the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013, also coached at UNLV, Cleveland State and, for the last 11 seasons, Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Fla.
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