Longtime Sacramento State men's basketball coach Jack Heron has died, the university reported Wednesday. He was 85.
Heron, who died Tuesday at his home in Dubois, Wyo., was associated with Sac State basketball for more than 20 years as a player (1949-50) and coach (1964-84).
He joined head coach Ev Shelton's staff in 1964 as the junior varsity coach before taking over the varsity team in 1968 when Shelton retired.
Heron served as head coach from 1968-78, and 1979-84, missing the final eight games of the 1977-78 season and all of 1978-79 because of eye surgery. During his tenure as head coach, he led the Hornets to three conference championships (1969-70, 1971-72 and 1976-77) and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1969-70.
The longest-tenured men's basketball coach in Sac State history (15 years), Heron is the program's all-time leader in victories (196), conference wins (104) and conference championships (three). He posted a 104-73 record (.588 winning percentage) in conference play.
In 1949-50, Heron was named Sac State's Athlete of the Year for his performances on both the basketball and baseball teams.
Bee Sports staff