Rick Majerus

Rick Majerus (1948-2012)

Teams coached: Marquette Golden Eagles, Ball State Cardinals, Utah Utes, Saint Louis Billikens
Marquette record: 56-35 (.615)
Ball State record: 43-17 (.717)
Utah record: 323-95 (.773)
Saint Louis record: 95-69 (.579)
Overall record: 517-216 (.705)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2007-2012 Saint Louis
1989-2004 Utah
1987-1989 Ball State
1986-1987 Milwaukee Bucks (asst)
1983-1986 Marquette
1971-1983 Marquette (asst)

Rick Majerus Facts

  • Richard Raymond Majerus
  • Born February 17, 1948
  • Died December 1, 2012
  • Hometown: Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • Alma Mater: Marquette University (BA, 1970)
  • Graduated from Marquette University HS and then Marquette University, both in Milwaukee
    • Was briefly a walk-on at Marquette but spent most of his undergrad years as a student assistant at under legendary head coach Al McGuire
  • Started his coaching career in 1971, spending six seasons as one of McGuire’s assistants at his alma mater
    • Worked as an assistant under next head coach Hank Raymonds for another six seasons
  • Succeeded Raymonds as Marquette head coach, winning 56 games in three seasons and reaching three NITs
  • Spent one year as an assistant to Don Nelson with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks
  • Went 43-17 in two seasons as the head coach at Ball State, leading the Cardinals to a MAC title and NCAA Tournament appearance in year two
  • Took over as the head coach at Utah in 1989, a position he would hold until 2004
    • Won 323 games and went to ten NCAA Tournaments at Utah, including a Final Four & Runner-up finish in 1998
    • Utah won nine regular season titles under Majerus (seven WAC, two MWC)
    • Three different times (1990, 2000 & 2004) had to step aside for medical or personal reasons, turning over the team to one of his assistants
    • Released an autobiography in 2000: My Life On A Napkin: Pillow Mints, Playground Dreams and Coaching the Runnin’ Utes
  • Hired to be the next head coach at USC in December 2004, but five days after his introductory press conference he resigned citing health concerns
    • Though he would step away from Utah a month later due to his health, Majerus later stated that it was actually his mother’s health that caused him to pull away from coaching
  • Worked as an ESPN game and studio analyst from 2004 to 2007 before getting back into coaching
  • Hired in April 2007 as head coach at Saint Louis, finishing as CBI runner-up his third year and reaching the NCAA Tournament in his fifth year
    • Announced in August he would miss the 2012-13 SLU season due to health problems, turning the team over to assistant Jim Crews
    • Officially retired in November after it was clear his health would not allow him to return to the sidelines
    • In December of 2012, Majerus suffered a heart attack and passed away at age 64

Rick Majerus Coaching Tree

  • Joe Cravens (Weber State, Idaho, Utah)
  • Donny Daniels (Cal State Fullerton)
  • Dick Hunsaker (Utah Valley, Utah, Manchester, Ball State)
  • Alex Jensen (Canton Charge)
  • Jeff Judkins (BYU women’s)
  • Andre Miller (Grand Rapids Gold)
  • Porter Moser (Oklahoma, Loyola IL)
  • Kerry Rupp (Louisiana Tech, Utah)
  • Jim Whitesell (Buffalo)