Former Utes coach Rick Majerus dies

Posted at 7:05 PM, Dec 01, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-02 00:56:44-05

SALT LAKE CITY – Former University of Utah head basketball coach Rick Majerus has died. He was 64.

Majerus will be best remembered for his coaching the Runnin’ Utes from 1989 to 2004, including a trip to the 1998 Championship Game where they lost to Kentucky 78-69. He left Utah in January 2004 after 15 seasons and a 323–95 record, partially because of health reasons.

Majerus struggled with heart problems throughout his adult life. University of Utah athletics officials confirmed that he died Saturday.

University of Utah Athletic Director Dr. Chris Hill released a statement Saturday.

“I heard from Mr. Huntsman of Coach Majerus’ passing and all of us in the University of Utah community are deeply saddened.

"Rick left a lasting legacy at the University of Utah, not only for his incredible success and the national prominence he brought to our basketball program, but also for the tremendous impact he made on the young men who were fortunate enough to play on his teams.

"His standard of excellence extended beyond the basketball court and into the academic and personal success of his players.

"He will be deeply missed and we grieve for his family and all of his friends.”