Don Haskins, the great Texan coach dies at 78

September 10th, 2008 - 5:42 pm ICT by David M N James  

Don Haskins is DeadThe revered and loved Texan coach, Don Haskin is dead.

Don Haskins is the former Texas Western basketball coach. He is the man who helped integrate college basketball and make it a sport of great verve and panacea.

Haskins died Sunday at the age of 78. He is remembered as a great coach who saw the inception of a game that has till now has become a major sport in American. His career spanned the days of creating players and making teams as well making highs cool some place to be due to this particular game.

During the years of his career as a coach, Don Haskins coached the Miners, and sent the team skywards in big fame and wins. He is said to have immensely shared many interesting details about his likes, dislikes and history with the members of the Miners team. This made him a great coach and a role model in the team. Haskins is credited with helping break color barriers in college sports in 1966. In this year, Haskins used five black starters to win a basketball competition earning himself a name and respect as a great coach and a leader who was an element of social change and integration.

Haskins is remembered as a white coach. He is best known for using an all-black lineup to defeat Adolph Rupp’s all-white Kentucky squad in the 1966 NCAA basketball championship game. Haskins Texas Western’s victory led to other colleges in the South and Southwest recruiting black players as top team players. This glamorous and glorious 1966 season featured in the 2006 Disney movie “Glory Road,” and Haskins’ 2005 autobiography of the same name.

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