PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Villanova basketball household is mourning the demise of their legendary basketball coach Rollie Massimino.
Massimino handed away Wednesday on the age of eighty two.
Former Villanova Coach Rollie Massimino Dies At Age eighty two
He’s most well-known for teaching the Villanova Wildcats to a Nationwide Championship in 1985, knocking off of Georgetown in one of many biggest upsets in school basketball historical past.
For present Villanova males’s head basketball coach Jay Wright, the demise of his mentor is a loss he’ll always remember.
“Clearly, it’s a very unhappy day right here. To the individuals at Villanova, ‘coach Mass’ was greater than life. You simply thought that if anyone was going to beat most cancers and by no means die, you simply thought it was going to be coach Mass,” Wright stated. “He liked his gamers and his employees like his household. That’s what he lived for. That’s what he beloved and he did it proper to the top.”
Wright says over time, Massimino remained a key determine within the Villanova household.
“It’s an enormous void on this Villanova basketball household,” he stated. “His presence was simply so highly effective, it impacted present gamers, present coaches, all his gamers, gamers that got here earlier than him, coaches earlier than him.”
And Wright says there was nobody that lived life more durable than Massimino.
“[There’s] nobody that received extra out of life than him,” he stated. “He ate every little thing that was in entrance of him, he had a whole lot of good cigars. He drank a whole lot of wine. He didn’t miss out on something. He had a number of pals. He lived a full life.”
Wright says the workforce and the college will do a number of issues all through their upcoming season to honor coach Mass.