Rollie Massimino Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Former Villanova Wildcats head coach Rollie Massimino looks on prior to the 2016 NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship game between the Villanova Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas.

Legendary Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball coach Rollie Massimino has died at the age of 82.

It was reported Tuesday that Massimino entered hospice care and his health issues were declining. Tuesday afternoon, Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari issued a tweet asking for prayers for the infamous coach.

Most recently, Massimino coached at Keiser University in Florida.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Massimino Coached for 19 Seasons at Villanova

Massimino is best known for coaching for Villanova for 19 seasons, winning 355 games. He also coached at Stony Brook, UNLV and Cleveland State and ended his coaching career with 816 victories. He was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013 for his successful coaching career.

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2. He’s Known for Coaching Villanova to the 1985 National Championship

Massimino’s career highlight was coaching the Wildcats to the 1985 NCAA National Championship, where they upset the powerhouse Georgetown Hoyas in the final game to come back with the trophy for the first time in school history.


3. He Coached at Keiser Since 2006

Massimino came to an agreement to become to the head men’s basketball coach at Keiser in West Palm Beach, Florida in 2006. The school is also known as Northwood University.

Once the news he has passed away surfaced, the school issued an emotional statement.

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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.

On December 14th, 2016, Massimino earned win No. 800 when Keiser defeated Trinity Baptist 77-47. He became one of 22 men’s basketball coaches to achieve that milestone.

At Keiser, Massimino coached his teams to a 298-75 overall record and ended his coaching overall career with an 816-462 record.


4. Massimino Was Born in New Jersey & Went to School in Vermont

Massimino grew up in New Jersey and is a graduate of the University of Vermont. He coached in high school for a decade before he started his collegiate college coaching career at Stony Brook.

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5. He was There When the Wildcats won the Championship in 2016

When Villanova made the NCAA Championship once again in 2016, Massimino his wife had health issues and decided he couldn’t attend. However, a Villanova trustee sent him a plane, and it was off to Houston to watch as the Wildcats achieved championship status once again.


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