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  • Honoring the Life of Coach Jerry Tarkanian

    by Representative Dina Titus

    Posted on 2015-02-11

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    TITUS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.) Ms. TITUS. Mr. Speaker, I rise with a heavy heart to mourn the loss and honor the life of my friend, Coach Jerry Tarkanian, who passed away this morning.



    A leader and a role model, both on and off the court, ``the Shark'' was not only a legendary collegiate men's basketball coach, but a pillar in the Las Vegas community.

    As coach at UNLV, he led the Running Rebels to a 509-105 record over 19 seasons, four Final Four appearances, and an NCAA championship in 1990. In 2013, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and a statue of him was placed outside UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center, which houses the basketball court bearing his name.

    Coach Tarkanian was known for giving young players a second chance. He supported numerous charities and programs that helped build character, life skills, and talent that fostered success in later life.

    My thoughts go out to his wife and his family, and I am sure the coach is looking down and chewing on that famous towel in Heaven.

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