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Don Haskins

Born: 1930-03-14 - Died: 2008-09-07
Cause of Death:
Multiple Illnesses


Death Summary: Don Haskins died on September 7, 2008 at the age of 78 after a bout with a number of illnesses from cancer to diabetes to heart disease.

Haskins is survived by his wife Mary; and sons Brent, David, and Steve. His other son, Mark, passed away in 1994.

Who was Don Haskins : Haskins was the men’s basketball head coach of Texas Western College (now known as the University of Texas at El Paso). He held the position from 1961 through 1999; his tenure included the 1966 season when his team won the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship over the University of Kentucky Wildcats, who was coached by Adolph Rupp.

Haskins is credited with starting the motion, which led to the desegregation of college basketball. The “motion” is when he started 5 African-American basketball players in the championship game against the Wildcats.

The story of how the Texas Western Miners championship can be seen in the 2006 movie Glory Road which starred Josh Lucas in the Don Haskins role.
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  1. big freezy Says:

    Thanks for showing the world on college’s biggest stage that black athletes are not inferior to whites or any other race during a time when no one wanted to hear it or see it. You stared racism in the face and tore down its stereotypes and made a mockery of its logic that whites are better simply because of the color of their skin. Without you there wouldnt be a Michael Jordan, or Bill Russell, or Shaq Oneal. U R THE MAN

  2. Erika Says:

    Don Haskins was the worlds greatest man that ever lived. He is a legend that will not be forgotten!

  3. SwagAj12 Says:

    Coach you have changed history and we thank you for that. You have taught us how to become a better person.Your legend will live on forever. R.I.P. Don Haskins

  4. Nathan Rahui Says:

    Fuck you asshole

  5. bebec Says:

    you are amazing thank you for the generous gifts you gave america in upgrading from the depression basketball was in. :)

  6. rowdy benson Says:

    i think that the 1966 ncaa game wwas a great game adolf ruff and his great cats miners win

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