<img height="1" width="1" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=769125799912420&amp;ev=PageView &amp;noscript=1">
About Our People Legal Stuff Careers
Rollie Massimino
FILE - In this March 24, 1985 file photo, Villanova coach Rollie Massimino takes a victory ride on his players shoulders. Rollie Massimino, who led Villanova's storied run to the 1985 NCAA championship and won more than 800 games in his career, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. He was 82. (AP Photo/File)

Rollie Massimino, Villanova's 1985 NCAA Championship coach, has died at 82


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.

1985 NCAA Basketball National Championship

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.

Calipari was joined by many other famous figures in the sports world, sending condolences to the former coach's family.

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.

Villanova vs. North Carolina: Final minutes of national title game

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.

Rollie Massimino Postgame Interview

Jessie Karangu of Sinclair Broadcast Group provided this report.

Read Comments
Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest Linked In List Menu Enlarge Gallery Info Menu Close Angle Down Angle Up Angle Left Angle Right Grid Grid Play Align Left Search Youtube Mail Mail Angle Down Bookmark