Rollie Massimino, the former head coach of Villanova's national championship team in 1985, has died at age 82. He spent the final days of his life in hospice care.
During the span of Massimino's career, the coach won more than 800 games. His win in the 1985 national championship against the Georgetown Hoyas is known as one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament.
On Tuesday, University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari tweeted a request for prayers to his followers. Calipari didn't elaborate on what exactly was wrong with Massimino.
Rollie Massimino, whose team pulled off one of the great upsets in the '85 title game in Rupp, needs our prayers. Say one for him if you can— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) August 29, 2017
Calipari was joined by many other famous figures in the sports world, sending condolences to the former coach's family.
Hall of Fame coach and human being Rollie Massimino has passed away. A sad day for all bball fans. Prayers and thoughts are with his family.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) August 30, 2017
Massimino was serving as the head men's basketball coach for Keiser University, a program which he started 11 years ago according to The Associated Press.
The coach was also a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame and is survived by his wife, five children and 17 grandchildren. Massimino was on hand for Villanova's last championship victory in 2016 which ended with a buzzer beater.
Jessie Karangu of Sinclair Broadcast Group provided this report.