Legendary basketball coach Massimino passes away at 82
Keiser University announced that head basketball coach Rollie Massimino passed away on Wednesday afternoon at the age of 82. The school says that Massimino "succumbed to health-related matters", and was "comforted at home by his family, friends, and fellow coaching greats.
The 82-year-old has coached basketball for over 60 years, the last 11 coming in West Palm Beach at Keiser University. In 1985, Massimino led Villanova to one of the biggest upsets of all-time, as an 8-seed knocking off top seeded Georgetown.
One former Villanova player who lives locally said via text on Tuesday, he "is requesting prayers for coach, his wife Mary Jane and family. Coach means so much to so many."
Massimino grew up in New Jersey and graduated from the University of Vermont. He was a high school coach for the first 10 years of his coaching career before become the head coach at Stony Brook. From 1973-1992, Massimino led the Villanova Wildcats, with the peak coming with the school's first championship in 1985.
On December 14th, 2016, Massimino at 82 years old, reached coaching win number 800 when Keiser University defeated Trinity Baptist 77-47. He's one of just 22 men's basketball coaches to have that many victories.
In 2013, he was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
Keiser added in its release: "As our campus community deeply mourns the loss of Coach Massimino, we extend our warmest thoughts and condolences to his wife Mary Jane and the entire Massimino family. We are so truly honored to have shared this time with him and take some degree of comfort in knowing the positive impact he has had on college students for the last four decades remains immeasurable."