Majerus’ family thanks fans, friends for support
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
Longtime basketball coach Rick Majerus died Dec. 1 at age 64, and in the week since his passing, many have spoken out about the positive impact he had on the game — at both the collegiate and professional level — and plenty have written eloquent tributes to him.
His family said in a statement Friday morning, released through the Milwaukee Bucks, that it has greatly appreciated the kind words and support.
“We are extremely grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from so many people following the death of our brother, Rick,” Jodi Majerus and Tracy Dowd said on behalf of the Majerus family. “We cannot begin to express our sincere gratitude to everyone for their thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this difficult time for all of us.
“Rick was certainly a public figure with a terrific sense of humor, a competitive spirit and a love of family, especially our mother, Alyce, his friends, players, fellow coaches and fans. Rick also had a private side to him, and it is in that spirit that our family has decided not to conduct any interviews at this time.
“Additionally, cameras and photography of any kind will not be allowed inside the church for the funeral mass and we are asking that media outlets and the general public respect the wishes of our family and the Church of the Gesu. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.”
Majerus’ funeral is scheduled for Saturday on the Marquette campus in Milwaukee. There will be a moment of silence for him before the Golden Eagles’ game Saturday afternoon. Majerus was an assistant coach at Marquette from 1971-83 and then was the team’s head coach for three seasons.
After Marquette, he spent a season as a Milwaukee Bucks assistant before going on to be head coach at Ball State, Utah and Saint Louis.
Contributing: Jeff Zillgitt