Dec. 1, 2012
The Marquette University community mourns the passing of former coach Rick Majerus, a Milwaukee native who established himself as one of the top collegiate basketball coaches of his era.
Majerus (1948-2012) career included stops in Wisconsin as an assistant coach and program mentor with MU, as well as a one-year stint with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Majerus took 12 teams to the NCAA tournament, winning at least one game in all but one of those appearances, with the 1998 Utah team losing to Kentucky in the NCAA championship game. He led four teams to the NIT and took Saint Louis teams to the CBI tournament final in 2009-10.
Majerus was born in Milwaukee and earned a spot on the freshman team at Marquette, his hometown college. He didn't make the varsity under Al McGuire, who instead hired him as an assistant coach in 1971.
“As an institution, a program, and as a coach, we are saddened by Coach Majerus’ passing. The game has lost one of the great innovators whose mark will never be forgotten.
“He will be missed by the entire college basketball community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Majerus family.”
Marquette Head Coach
“That’s a tough one for me. He’s the one that gave me my name.”
Did you find out before or after the game (at Bucks):
“I knew. I knew before the game that he wasn’t going to make it through the night. I don’t want to talk much about it.”
Former Marquette player
Boston Celtics Head Coach
“He’s done so much for basketball at Marquette and all through the state of Wisconsin. For me personally, he’s always been there. He’s one of those guys who, if you don’t see Rick for a while and when something was going wrong and you needed help, boom, he’d be there. He did so much for me over the years when I was trying to get my career going. Just extending himself and giving you whatever it is you needed, whether it was a phone call, having me come out to Salt Lake and staying with him four or five weeks at a time working. He’d basically give you the shirt off his back, if that’s what you needed. He would do whatever it took. He’s going to be really missed. Great person.”
Former Marquette Player
Current Milwaukee Bucks Assistant Coach