* Jim Valvano  1995

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College coach. Starred at Rutgers, 1965–1967. Head coach at Johns Hopkins, Bucknell, and Iona, 1969–1980. Coached Iona to 99-47 mark and school’s first two NCAA appearances. Head coach at N.C. State, 1980–1990. A charismatic, fiery coach, he led “Cardiac Pack” to unexpected 1983 NCAA title. State won 1983 and 1987 ACC titles under Valvano and 1989 regular-season title. ACC Coach of the Year, 1989. Advanced to NCAA Final-Eight, 1985, 1986. Record at State 209-114, overall 346-212. Athletic director at State, 1986–1989. Basketball commentator ABC and ESPN, 1990–1993. Won 1992 ACE award for announcing. Diagnosed with cancer, 1992. Established Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research, 1993. Received Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, 1993. Born 1946, New York. Died 1993.