MILWAUKEE — Hundreds of friends and fans gathered at Marquette University on Saturday to remember Rick Majerus, the impassioned college basketball coach who died of heart failure at 64.
Al Jensen, who played for Majerus at Utah and coached with him at Saint Louis University, recalled the portly man who loved food as much as basketball as a demanding coach and loyal friend.
"There wasn't a man as unique as Coach. You can't compare him to anyone else," Jensen said.Comment on this story
Majerus was 517-216 over a 25-year career in which he had 15 seasons with at least 20 wins, plus two 30-win seasons. He led Utah to the NCAA championship game in 1998 and also coached at Marquette, Ball State and Saint Louis.
Majerus died of heart failure Dec. 1 in a Los Angeles hospital.
Jensen said no one ever made him as angry as Majerus occasionally did, but he always respected his coach's passion and intensity. "He pushed you to your utmost limits," he said.
The funeral was held at the Church of the Gesu at Marquette, the Jesuit school where Majerus began his coaching career.