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Subject: Vic Bubas, former Duke basketball coach

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Date Posted: Monday, April 16, 03:07:24pm


Before Mike Krzyzewski led Duke to five national championships, Vic Bubas was the first head coach to put the Blue Devils on the map nationally.

Bubas, Duke's coach from 1959-69, has died at age 91, the program confirmed Monday. No details about his death were given.

Bubas accepted the Duke job at the young age of 32 after eight years as an assistant under legendary N.C. State head coach Everett Case and proceeded to lead the Blue Devils to their first Final Fours in 1963, 1964 and 1966. He recruited and coached Art Heyman and Jeff Mullens, whose numbers now hang in the rafters at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

After a surprising retirement from coaching when he was just 42 years old, Bubas became an administrator at Duke as vice president for community affairs. In 1976, he left Durham to start a 14-year tenure as commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference until his retirement.

Earlier this year, Neill McGeachy—who coached the Blue Devils during the 1973-74 season—died, and Krzyzewski's predecessor Bill Foster died two years ago. The only living Duke full-time head coach aside from Krzyzewski is Bucky Waters, who held the position from 1969-73.

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