The Michigan State basketball program lost a long-time member on Friday with the passing of former head coach Gus Ganakas.
Michigan State announced that Ganakas passed away at the age of 92. The team released a statement from head coach Tom Izzo, who thanked him for playing a role in his early years as head coach.
“Spartan Basketball has lost a dear friend today. Gus was one of the most selfless and positive people that I’ve ever been around. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ganakas family as they grieve their loss.”
Ganakas served as head coach of the Spartans from 1969 to 1976, going 89-84 overall.
After being replaced by Jud Heathcote in 1976, Ganakas remained with the Michigan State athletic department until the year 2000.
Ganakas also worked as a color commentator for the team over 30 years.
Prior to attending Michigan State as an undergrad, Ganakas served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
Our thoughts go out to the family of Mr. Ganakas’.