According to multiple sources, legendary SLU head coach Rick Majerus, 64, passed away Saturday evening.
Majerus started his career at Marquette and made stops with the Milwaukee Bucks, Ball State, Utah, USC, and Saint Louis.
Majerus was the Billikens' head coach from 2007-2012, and stepped down from coaching before the 2012-13 season.
Well-known as one of the greatest defensive minds in the game, Majerus most recently led SLU to a NCAA Tournament berth and victory over Memphis to reach the Round of 32.
He won 517 games in his illustrious coaching career.
The SLU community weighed in:
“On behalf of the entire Saint Louis University community, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies and our prayers to Rick’s family and friends during this very difficult time,” said University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J.
“Tonight we join the rest of the basketball world in sending our condolences to Rick Majerus’ family and friends,” said Saint Louis director of athletics Chris May. “Coach Majerus put his heart and soul into the Billiken program, and for that we will be eternally grateful.
"What I will remember most about Rick’s tenure at SLU was his enduring passion to see his players excel both on and off the court,” May said. “Wins and losses meant a lot to him, but no more than to see our student-athletes succeed in the classroom. He truly embraced the term ‘student-athlete,’ and I think that will be his lasting legacy.”
“Nobody loved basketball and teaching kids more that Rick,” said SLU interim head coach Jim Crews. “His passion for the game and the coaching profession was unparalleled. Rick was a true friend and was always there when needed. I, along with so many others, am going to miss him.”
SLU Media Relations contributed to this report.