Fitzgerald memorial set for Wednesday - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Fitzgerald memorial set for Wednesday

SPOKANE, Wash. - The memorial for former Gonzaga University head Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Dan Fitzgerald has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 27.

The memorial will be held in Airway Heights at the Northern Quest Casino and Resort's Pend Oreille pavilion at 10 a.m.

Fitzgerald was Northern Quest's director of community relations when he collapsed and died in an Airway Heights restaurant on Tuesday at the age of 67.

Fitzgerald was the man widely considered to be responsible for Gonzaga University's rise as a college basketball power.

Fitzgerald recruited John Stockton to Gonzaga in 1980 and coached his first college season. After that first year, Coach Fitzgerald handed the program over to Jay Hillock to concentrate on his duties as the school's athletic director and to oversee renovation of Kennedy Pavilion into the Martin Centre, what many of us now know as "The Kennel."

In 1985 Coach Fitzgerald again started up as head coach and began the most successful run of basketball wins in the school's history. Before he stepped down as head coach in 1997, with a record of 252-171, he set in motion the plan for the Bulldogs' eventual, and current, rise to national prominence.

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