CINCINNATI, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The University of Cincinnati announced Sunday that Ed Jucker, who coached the school to NCAA basketball championships in 1961 and 1962, died Saturday. He was 85.
Jucker died at his home in Callawassis Island, S.C. The cause of death was not disclosed.
No coach in NCAA basketball history has matched Jucker's .917 winning percentage in NCAA tournament play (11-1). He piloted the Bearcats to their first national title in 1961 in his maiden season at his alma mater, defeating Ohio State, 70-65, in overtime.
A year later, Cincinnati topped Ohio State, 71-59, in the title game. Jucker narrowly missed a then-unprecedented third straight title in 1963 when the Bearcats lost in overtime to Loyola of Chicago.
"This is a great loss for the Cincinnati and college basketball," current Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins said. "Coach Jucker set the standard for coaching excellence at the University of Cincinnati."
Jucker also coached baseball at Cincinnati and also is remembered for recruiting future Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax to the school on a basketball scholarship.
Koufax played on the freshmen team, posting a 3-1 record and a 2.81 ERA for the varsity baseball team in 1954 before signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Jucker resigned after the 1964-65 season, compiling a 113-28 record over five years. He went on to coach the NBA's Cincinnati Royals for two seasons.