Legendary basketball coach Jud Heathcote dies at 90 years old

The former WSU player and West Valley head coach passed away at the age of 90 Monday night in Spokane.

Legendary basketball coach Jud Heathcote died at the age of 90 years old in Spokane, Monday night. Heathcote played college basketball at Washington State from 1946-1949. He then coached West Valley High School from 1950-1964. He would later become an assistant at WSU before earning his first college head coaching gig at Montana in 1971. He later moved out to East Lansing and coached the Spartans from 1976-1995. He led Michigan State to a National Championship in 1979. He also led Michigan State to three Big Ten titles. His most notable recruit is Magic Johnson.

Heathcote has left an indeliable mark in the world of basketball. His coaching tree consists of Tom Izzo, Scott Skiles, Don Monson and Tom Crean.

During retirement, Heathcote returned to the Spokane area where he attended Gonzaga basketball games regularly. 

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