Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Former Gonzaga basketball coach Dan Fitzgerald dead at 67

Coach led small college from obscurity to national power

The sun has set too soon on a Spokane great. Good game, Coach Fitzgerald

Gonzaga University is a small, private Jesuit university founded in Spokane, Washington in 1950. It has a reputation for academic excellence. It also isn’t cheap to attend, and I’m not talking payday loans territory. It was known primarily in the Pacific Northwest until 1995, when men’s basketball Coach Dan Fitzgerald led the Gonzaga Bulldogs to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Basketball tournament. Dan Fitzgerald’s team fit the definition of the “Cinderella story” in the sporting world, and it was Fitzgerald’s efforts that helped launched Gonzaga basketball on its current run of NCAA tournament runs under current Coach Mark Few.

It is with great sadness that Gonzaga fans reflect on Coach Dan Fitzgerald today, as reports indicate he has died, possibly because of a heart attack. Dan Fitzgerald was 67 years old. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

He collapsed at a local restaurant

Dan Fitzgerald coached the Gonzaga Men’s Basketball team from 1978 to 1997, compiling a record of 252-171. Only Hank Anderson won more games (291) at Gonzaga, although Mark Few will soon claim ownership of the record. He recruited future NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton to attend Gonzaga and also served as the athletic director. His coaching staff of Dan Monson, Mark Few and Bill Grier has gone on to head coaching positions, the first two at Gonzaga and the latter at the University of San Diego. … click here to read the rest of the article titled “Former Gonzaga basketball coach Dan Fitzgerald dead at 67



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