One of the greatest basketball minds ever, the late Rick Majerus was part of the 2019 class for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, one of three coaches and six players. Majerus coached the Utah Utes from 1989 to 2004. He led Utah to the NCAA Tournament 10 times, including the final game in 1998. Majerus also coached at Marquette and Ball State prior to Utah and Saint Louis after. Majerus led Ball State and Saint Louis to the NCAA Tournament once each. He was named WAC coach of the year five times
Majerus and the other eight inductees will be honored in a ceremony on Nov. 24 in Kansas City at the 2019 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Celebration. In addition to Majerus, the other eight inductees are former coaches Homer Drew (Bethel, Indiana-South Bend, Valparaiso) and Lute Olsen (Long Beach State, Iowa, Arizona), alongside Indiana’s Calbert Chaney, Duke’s Shane Battier, Purdue’s Terry Dischinger, Providence’s Ernie DiGregorio, UNLV’s Larry Johnson and Stanford’s Todd Lichti.
Majerus passed away in December of 2012 of heart failure. He was a legend, and it is great to see him honored.