Rick Majerus dies aged 64

Rick Majerus dies at the age of 64

 

It was a sad day on Saturday 01/12/2012 when news trickled out that coaching legend Rick Majerus had passed away at the age of 64 in a Los Angeles hospital due to heart failure. Majerus had a history of heart problems and announced last month that he would not be returning as head coach of Saint Louis due to his heart condition.

Loyola Head Men's Basketball Coach Porter Moser was quoted “People will say a lot about who he was as a coach, but you need to multiply that by 50 for who he was as a person. He was so great to my wife and I. Most coaches want to talk to you when things are going great. He called me after every loss last season. He wanted to pick me up. I’m going to miss that fatherly advice.

Majerus learned his trade under coaching legend Al McGuire. Majerus spent 12 seasons as an assistant coach at Marquette, before becoming the head coach for three seasons. He had an overall record of 517-216 at four colleges, including an outstanding 323-95 mark at Utah from 1989-2004. Majerus also coached at Ball State and finally at St. Louis were he took the university to the 2012 N.C.A.A. tournament, its first appearance in the tournament since 2000.

NBA coaches also piled on the praise for Majerus:

"There's a lot of Rick Majerus in how I coach," Nuggets coach George Karl said on Sunday via NBA.com. "There's a lot of Rick Majerus in how I act as a person. I'll never forget him."

 

"The guy was just mesmerizing," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said on Sunday. "He could talk about any aspect of the game. I have piles of notes about his basketball philosophy. He's probably one of the top five basketball coaches at any level."

 

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