Outpouring of love for Rick Majerus
Marquette lost a piece of its history when former men’s basketball Coach Rick Majerus died in December.
Majerus was a member of the university’s coaching magi alongside Al McGuire and Hank Raymonds, serving as an assistant coach from 1971–83, including the 1977 NCAA championship season.
Later, he was head coach of the men’s team for three seasons before serving as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks and coach at Ball State, Utah and St. Louis universities. Though often far from his Milwaukee home, he was never far from the hearts of alumni.
The university posted a memorial on Twitter and the response from alumni and friends was immediate and full of love. Fittingly, a memorial service was held at Church of the Gesu, across the street from the Al McGuire Center. — JMM
Tweets of homage
• R.I.P. Rick Majerus, one of the most giving men ever. Stay at my house. Come to dinner. What can I do for you? He always did love assists.
• The game has lost one of the great innovators whose mark will never be forgotten.
• McGuire told Majerus he was the worst player he had ever seen. Then he got Majerus his 1st coaching job.
• Rick Majerus: A Jesuit-trained intellectual disguised as a successful, jovial hoops coach.
• If you love Marquette hoops, you loved Coach Rick Majerus. He lived a great hoops life and loved his players.
• Rick Majerus was one of the first impressions of Marquette (besides Al) that I had growing up on the East Coast.
• A great friend and the godfather of our daughter, Gracie. I will miss our midnight runs to Crown Burger.
• I’ve known Rick Majerus my entire life; worked for him in college. Gone way too soon. Lived an outsized life in every way. R.I.P.
• Always entertaining to watch Rick Majerus explode after a bad call and watch as his assistants struggled to restrain him.