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A ‘cornerstone’ of UConn: College athletics world reacts to death of Dee Rowe

Jan. 10, 2021Updated: Jan. 10, 2021 4:37 p.m.

Former Connecticut men's basketball coach Dee Rowe, right, wishes forward Breanna Stewart luck Thursday, April 3, 2012 in Storrs, Conn., as she prepares to board the team bus to the airport for a flight to the Women's NCAA Final Four in Nashville. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

Former Connecticut men’s basketball coach Dee Rowe, right, wishes forward Breanna Stewart luck Thursday, April 3, 2012 in Storrs, Conn., as she prepares to board the team bus to the airport for a flight to the Women’s NCAA Final Four in Nashville. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

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The UConn and college athletics world is mourning the loss of Dee Rowe. The 91-year-old former men’s basketball coach at UConn died early Sunday morning, according to the university.

Rowe’s coaching career spanned 21 years at Worcester Academy and UConn, where he compiled a 300-132 record. As highly as Rowe was thought of as a coach, his contributions were likely even more impactful.

The former coach would go on to lead fundraisers for the school, raising more than $7 million in 1990 to build Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. He was also on the hiring committees that selected both Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma. He was instrumental is the formation of the Big East and UConn’s involvement in it.

Rowe would continue to be an influential member of the athletic department through his passing, despite retiring in 1991. He was routinely seen on campus, at games and chatting up those around him.

For all of those efforts, Rowe earned recognition with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award – considered the most prestigious award by the Hall other than enshrinement.

The widely known coach was known in basketball circles and beyond around the country. Here is some of their reaction:

Source: https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/A-cornerstone-of-UConn-College-athletics-15859913.php

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