Heathcote Passes Away At 90
Legendary Spartan coach led Michigan State to its first NCAA Championship in 1979.
Michigan State Athletics is sad to announce that Jud Heathcote passed away Monday at the age of 90 in Spokane, Washington.
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo
“The basketball world is a sadder place today with the passing of Jud Heathcote. No one cared more about the welfare of the game than Jud. He was a coach’s coach and a mentor to many. Our hearts are filled with sadness and deepest sympathy for his wife Beverly and the Heathcote family.
“Without a doubt, he was one of the most influential people in my life, giving me a chance when no one else would. Any coaching success I’ve ever had is because of him. Long after he left Michigan State, he was still one of the first people I would call when I had a tough decision in coaching or life.
“Michigan State has lost one of its icons today. And yet nothing can erase his impact on the program, the players he coached and the coaches he mentored. Spartan basketball is what it is today because of Jud Heathcote.”
Michigan State athletics director Mark Hollis
“Coach Heathcote had an impact on so many people. For me, he was among the best teachers I had the opportunity to be around. Reflecting on my career and life, Jud was among the most influential people in regards to my preparation for both. He will be missed, yet his memory will be seen through the many different people he impacted. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Bev and the entire Heathcote family.
The family asks that you respect their privacy in this difficult time.