West Virginia University coach George Washinton died Wednesday, the school announced.
WVU’s football team, which beat Louisville to advance to the Big 12 title game, announced Washinton’s death on Twitter.
Coach George Wash, a 10-year head coach at WVUS, was born in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Washington and West Virginia.
He was married with two daughters.
The Mountaineers had won five national titles under Wash, who led the Mountaineer program to eight straight NCAA tournament appearances and two NCAA titles.
WSU had been scheduled to play Louisville in the second round of the NIT tournament, which begins Tuesday.
Wash played professionally for three seasons and coached for four years at Virginia.
His final game was in 2006.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Coach Wash’s family, teammates, fans, staff and all who knew and loved him,” the Mountainers said in a statement.
Coach Wash is in hospital with injuries he sustained on the sidelines at WASHINGTON STATE last night.
The coach of the year was honored at halftime of our last game.
#WSUWU pic.twitter.com/7QbK7YzP1N — Mountaineering (@Mountaineering) December 10, 2017 The Mountains played a close-game, 76-68 win over the Cardinals on Saturday in the first round of Saturday’s NIT.
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