Denny Crum, the winner of two college basketball national championships as louisville head coachhe died Tuesday morning at the age of 86, the university said.
Crum coached at Louisville from 1971 to 2001 and is one of 14 coaches to win at least two national championships in his carrer.
He led the Cardinals to six Final Four appearances in his 30s and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994.
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«Sometimes I think we take people for granted, and I think Coach Crum is one of them,» Roger Burkman, one of Crum’s former players, said at his 85th birthday celebration, according to WDRB Louisville.
«And the reason I say that is because he’s always been there for all these years, for all of us, for this university and for this community. He’s that humble guy who you’d never know was a legendary superstar of a basketball coach. He is that loyal, let me repeat it, loyal, friend who is generous and kind to everyone.»
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Crum led his teams to the NCAA Tournament 23 times, the 10th most of any coach, and finished his career with a record of 675-295.
He retired after the 2000-2001 season but continued to work for the university, spending a few years as a special assistant to the University of Louisville president.
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crum played college basketball at UCLA under legendary head coach John Wooden before joining the staff as an assistant coach.
There are only five coaches in college basketball history who have more Final Four appearances than Crum.