Rick Majerus, Rest in Peace
Had no idea until looking at his Wikipedia page that the man initially hailed from Sheboygan Falls. Obviously, he’s much more known for his years at Marquette University, first as an assistant to legendary coach Al McGuire and then as the second successor to Coach Al in 1983.
Majerus left the Warriors in 1986, but stayed in Milwaukee as an assistant coach to Don Nelson who was head coach of the Bucks at the time.
He will forever be remember for Utah Basketball and almost winning a national title with them, but to Wisconsin, he will always be part and parcel to those who cheer for the Warriors and say “We are Marquette.”
When Rick Majerus decided to take a leave of absence for health reasons, the news was concerning.
When he announced he wasn’t coming back to the Billikens at all, it was alarming.
Now the true extent of Majerus’ health issues has become known. Multiple sources, including Majerus’ protege and current Loyola (Chicago) head coach Porter Moser, have confirmed that Majerus passed away today at the age of 64.
Details are in short supply at this time, but CBT (College Basketball Talk) will update the story as more news comes to light.
Majerus began his career with the then-independent Marquette Warriors, and jumped to Ball State after three years in Milwaukee. He became best known as head man of the Utah Utes, making it all the way to the NCAA title game in 1998. He led St. Louis to a 26-8 record and an NCAA berth in his final season as Billikens head coach.
Majerus’ overall record as a collegiate head coach was 517-215.