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Coaching legend Massimino dies at 82

August 30, 2017, 4:34 pm

Rollie Massimino, who coached Villanova to an improbable national championship in 1985, has died at the age of 82.

Keiser, an NAIA school in West Palm Beach, Fla., announced Wednesday that Massimino had passed away at his home in Florida. He had served as the coach of the school's men's basketball team for the past 10 years.

Massimino had been in relatively good health until recent years before he battled lung cancer. He had surgery to remove a tumor in his lung in 2011, suffered a collapsed lung and had brain surgery in 2016.

Born Roland Vincent "Rollie" Massimino, the affable coach had won more than 800 games in his coaching career, but is best known for leading a then-eighth-seeded Wildcats team to a victory over Patrick Ewing and top-seeded Georgetown in the 1985 title game.

Massimino coached Villanova for 19 seasons and compiled a 355-241 record before leaving for UNLV in 1992.


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