Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame commemorates the life with the passing of iconic University of Nevada, Las Vegas basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian.

“The Basketball Hall of Fame joins the basketball community in grieving the passing of Jerry Tarkanian, one of the most determined and passionate coaches in college basketball,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “He was a man who went about things his own way and often found great success in doing so. As a coach to hundreds of players over the course of his career, he has had an abundant impact on the game.”

Jerry Tarkanian was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. He coached high school and college basketball for over 40 years. As the Head Coach of UNLV from 1973-1992, he nicknamed his team the “Runnin’ Rebels” and developed a unique up-tempo style of play.  He led his team to four Final Fours, winning a National Championship in 1990. He finished his career with an overall coaching record of 706-198.

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