Former University of Michigan basketball player, coach and athletic department administrator Dave Strack died on Saturday at age 90.
Strack grew up in Indiana before attending U-M, where he played on the basketball team from 1943-46. He was twice named the Wolverines’ most valuable player.
After serving as a Michigan assistant coach from 1948-59, Strack was named head coach at the University of Idaho, where he stayed one season before becoming the Wolverines’ head coach in 1960.
His Michigan teams won three consecutive Big Ten championships (1964-66). His 1965 team lost in the NCAA championship game to John Wooden and UCLA, 91-80.
Strack coached legendary Michigan player Cazzie Russell from 1963-66.
Strack was named U-M associate athletic director in 1970 but left Ann Arbor in 1972, when he was appointed athletic director at the University of Arizona.
Strack was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Ann Strack, in 2011. They met as students at the University of Michigan and were married for 64 years until her death.