Rossini, Who Led NYU to Final Four, Dies
Oct. 22, 2005
NEW YORK (AP) _ Lou Rossini, the New York University basketball coach from 1959-71 who led the Violets to the 1960 Final Four, died at 84.
He had Alzheimer's disease and died Friday night under hospice care at home, his son Gregory told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Rossini guided NYU to the NCAA tournament three times in the early 1960s. The Violets went to the National Invitation Tournament four times, including the final in 1966. His 1960 team lost to Cincinnati in the Final Four, and he finished with a 185-137 record at NYU.
Rossini coached five future NBA players at NYU, including Tom Sanders, who went on to star for the Boston Celtics, and Barry Kramer, who played for the New York Knicks.
Rossini coached at Columbia from 1951-58, guiding the team to a 21-0 record and a trip to the NCAA tournament in his first year as coach of the Lions, losing to Illinois in the first round. He finished 117-71 at Columbia before moving to NYU, then a national power.
Rossini also coached the Puerto Rican team at the 1964 Olympics and St. Francis College from 1975-79, retiring with a 357-256 career record.
He grew up in the Bronx and played at St. John's before serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.
Rossini was inducted into NYU's Hall of Fame in 1990 and the New York City Hall of Fame in 1997.
He is survived by his wife, Adelia, sons Ronald and Gregory and daughter Beth.
The family did not disclose funeral arrangements.