Marquette's Hank Raymonds dies

Dec. 6, 2010 at 2:42 PM
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MILWAUKEE, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Henry "Hank" Raymonds, the fourth-winningest coach in Marquette University basketball history, died Monday at 86, the school said. He had cancer.

He racked up 126 wins as men's basketball coach at the school, and before that was Al McGuire's top assistant on the Golden Eagles' NCAA championship run in 1977.

Beloved for his loyalty to his former players, Raymonds was a familiar face for nearly a half-century on the school's downtown Milwaukee campus, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

"He was just content to turn out decent ballplayers and better people, and he took great pride in seeing the guys that he coached leave Marquette and come back or stay here and contribute to society and be a part of the community and try to do the right thing," George Thompson, who first played for Raymonds in 1965, said.

Raymonds arrived at Marquette in 1961 and became McGuire's assistant in 1964, spending 13 years as probably the best-known assistant coach in the country.

After Marquette won its national championship, McGuire stepped down and Raymonds was named his successor.

The team reached the post-season in each of Raymonds' five years as head coach, including four NCAA tournament appearances.

In 1983, Raymond stepped down as coach to become the university's athletic director, serving until his retirement in 1987.

"I don't know if there's ever going to be another Hank Raymonds," Jim Boylan, a current Milwaukee Bucks assistant who played for both McGuire and Raymonds, said.

"His legacy at the school is absolutely second to none."

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