Posted a few hours ago on MGoBlue. He was 90 years young.
I know a lot of people, including myself, were laughing about Jalen suggesting Fisher was Michigan's greatest coach in the thread two days ago. Strack's resume-
- Played for Michigan from 1942-43 - 1945-46 and was team captain once.
- Assistant coach at Michigan from 1952-53 - 1959-60
- Head Coach from 1960-61 - 1967-68
- Career record of 113-89
- 2 Final Fours including Michigan's first-ever Final Four in 1964 and finished as a NCAA Runner-Up in 1965 to John Wooden's UCLA team.
- 3 straight Big Ten Championships from 1963-64 - 1965-66 with a combined 35-7 conference record
- Recruited Cazzie Russell, Bill Buntin, Rudy Tomjanovich. All three's numbers hang in Crisler Center. Cazzie Russell was the first of two national players of the year in Michigan history.
He inherited a once-respectable program that had become a doormat--Michigan was 4-20 prior to his promotion. It wasn't pretty when he started off, either, winning 13 games in two seasons. Each year his win total kept getting higher and by his 4th year things finally worked out.
Strack's 1964 and 1965 Final Four teams kicked off the four-decade long run of Michigan making at least one Final Four. Prior to his arrival, they had only made the NCAA Tournament once.
Strack groomed his assistant and handed him the keys following the innaugural season at Crisler, the late Johnny Orr who went on to become the winningest coach in Michigan Basketball history.
Maybe Strack got to watch the game from a good seat high above the rafters.