Aloha Oe To The Shark
On February 11, 2015, Jerry Tarkanian died at the age of 84 at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he had been hospitalized days earlier after difficulty breathing. The city of Las Vegas that day lowered its flags at City Hall to half-staff in tribute to him.
Coach Tark was best known for his 1990 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels team which won the NCAA Championship. His was a college head coach for 32 years with three different teams; Long Beach State, UNLV, & Fresno State. His career record was 784–202. In all of his head coaching years, Coach Tark never had a loosing season.
Iconic Towel Chewing
Basketball fans and non-fans alike link Coach Tark with his towel chewing court side ritual. Jerry Tarkanian started chewing on a water-soaked towel to prevent dry mouth way back, even before coaching at the NCAA Division 1 level.
R.I.P. Coach Tark
August 8, 1930 – February 11, 2015