SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Former University of Utah Rick Majerus, who passed away in 2012, has been selected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
The honorees will officially be enshrined on Nov. 24 in Kansas City.
Majerus, who also coached at Marquette, Ball State and Saint Louis, is joined by 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.
The late Majerus won a total of 517 games and remarkably, had just one losing season in 25 years as a head coach. He reached the postseason 17 times (13 at Utah), including 12 NCAA Tournament appearances (11 at Utah). He won 10 conference titles in 13 years at Utah, and took the Runnin’ Utes to Sweet 16’s in 1991 and 1996, and the Elite Eight in 1997.
Majerus’ most memorable season came in 1998, when he led Utah to 30 wins and an appearance in the national championship game. He earned five WAC Coach of the Year awards and was named the National Coach of the Year by Basketball Times in 1991.
Majerus, who coached the Utes from 1989-2004, ranks third all-time in school history with 323 wins while roaming the sidelines at Utah. His .773 (323-95) overall winning percentage ranks first among coaches at Utah with at least 100 wins, and his .779 (152-43) conference winning percentage ranks first overall as well. He also tallied a school-leading 17 NCAA Tournament victories at the U.