Saturday, December 1 2012, 10:23 PM MST
Former Utah Coach Rick Majerus Dies
(KUTV) Former Utah men's basketball coach Rick Majerus has died at the
age of 64. Majerus led Utah to a Final Four appearance in 1998, where
the Utes eventually fell to Kentucky in the National Title game.
spent 15 seasons coaching at Utah, where he complied a record 323-95.
He lead the Utes to numerous trips to the NCAA Tournament and produced
NBA players like Andre Miller, Keith Van Horn and Michael Doleac. In
2007 the Marquette graduate took over as the head coach at St Louis
Last season Majerus guided St Louis to a 26-8 record
and the third-round of the NCAA Tournament. In August Majerus announced
he would not return to the school for the 2012-2013 season due to
His coaching career includes 12 years as an
assistant at Marquette University and one season in the NBA with the
Milwaukee Bucks (1986-1987). He served as a head coach at Marquette,
Ball State,Utah and St Louis.
His best run as a college coach
came with the Utes. From 1994 to 1999, Majerus teams reached the NCAA
Tournament in all five seasons,which included the Utes' magical run
through the NCAA Tournament in 1998. The Utah defeated Arizona in the
Regional Final and North Carolina in the Final Four before falling to
Kentucky 78-69 in the title game.
According to the Salt Lake
Tribune cause of death was heart failure, Majerus was 64. In 1989
Majerus underwent a seven vessel bypass surgery and took a leave of
absence from the Utah basketball program.
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