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Posted 12 February 2015 - 10:16 AM


Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

LAS VEGAS--Legendary Armenian-American college basketball coach Jerry
"The Shark" Tarkanian has died at the age of 84. Tarkanian's son,
Danny Tarkanian, broke the news to his Twitter followers earlier today.

According to SI.com, Tarkanian was taken to Valley Hospital Medical
Center by ambulance on Monday, after being unresponsive when doctors
attempted to get his blood pressure elevated. It was reported
on Tuesday that Tarkanian was in critical condition, battling an
undisclosed type of infection

Danny Tarkanian's tweet announcing his father's passing

Tarkanian was hospitalized last November after being treated for
pneumonia. In April 2014, he had spent over a week in the hospital
after having a second heart attack.

Tarkanian boasted a 761-202 record in 30 seasons as a college
basketball head coach with Long Beach State, University of Nevada,
Las Begas (UNLV), and Fresno State. He retired in 2002.

Tarkanian coached his teams to 18 NCAA tournament appearances and four
Final Fours. He led the UNLV Rebels to the NCAA championship in 1990.

In November 2013, The Armenian National Committee of America-Western
Region honored Tarkanian with its "People's Champion" Award.

In introducing Tarkanian, ANCA-WR Board member Steve Artinian recounted
the life and legacy of the famous and revered coach, who had taken
his UNLV teams to four Final Four Regional Championships, as well as a
NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Many of the attendees,
both young and old, grew up watching Tarkanian on National TV as he
led his teams to various victories.

In what was likely the night's most emotional acceptance speech,
Tarkanian thanked the ANCA and his fellow Armenian people for
recognizing him with the esteemed honor.

Tarkanian's acceptance speech during his Basketball Hall of Fame
Induction in September 2013 garnered even more widespread support
for the coach, who reminded the world of the life of struggle his
immigrant Armenian parents endured, both of whom fled their homeland
on horseback with nothing but the clothes on their back escaping the
Armenian Genocide.


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Posted 13 February 2015 - 09:57 AM


Congressional Documents and Publications
February 11, 2015

Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) News Release


Congressman Costa was saddened to learn about the passing of
basketball Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian. A graduate of Fresno
State University, Coach Tarkanian never forgot his humble Armenian
beginnings or the colleges and universities where he coached for
31 years. His incredible success as a collegiate basketball coach,
with 729 victories, was clearly demonstrated throughout his career,
from taking UNLV to win the national championship in 1990, leading Long
Beach State to four straight NCAA tournament appearances, including the
1971 West Regional Final, and then returning to his alma mater, Fresno
State, where he had 153 victories and six straight 20-win seasons.

"After Coach Tarkanian came back to Fresno State, his alma mater,
I had a happenstance meeting with basketball great, Magic Johnson,
while in a gym in Southern California," said Costa. "I introduced
myself to Johnson and told him where I was from. His first questions
to me were 'How is the Red Wave? Are the people excited to have
Coach Tarkanian at Fresno State?' I told him that the community was
excited and that as a graduate of the University, a successful coach,
and an Armenian, Coach Tarkanian was a great source of pride for
our Valley. Magic responded by telling me something I didn't know:
that Coach Tarkanian was known around inner city playgrounds in
America as the coach of second chances. When talented young athletes
who had gotten in trouble still wanted to pursue their dreams on the
basketball court, Coach Tarkanian was willing to give many of them a
second chance. Johnson went on to say that there was no doubt in his
mind that Coach Tarkanian would do well during his tenure at Fresno
State. He then told me that he had to go to a pickup game, but to
"tell Jerry and the Red Wave that Magic said hi."

"Coach Tarkanian, thank you for being a friend to so many of us and
more importantly, making a difference in the lives of many young men,
to whom you gave a second chance."

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Posted 15 February 2015 - 01:32 AM

It made us all happy to hear of Tark, a legend in his time. We were glad to meet his son, a hansome boy with a nice family. They  came to Holy Badarak in Carson City and we mentioned him in the Groonk, to aid his political venture.


It is sad to no longer to hear of the name Coach Jerry Tarkanian on the news, General of the sporting world.


God love him, take care of Tark, Lord, we are proud he is one of us.

Edited by onjig, 15 February 2015 - 01:35 AM.

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 10:42 AM


Las Vegas Review-Journal, NV
Feb 18 2015


Jerry Tarkanian inherited tenacity from his mother, who witnessed the
beheadings of her father and brother during the Armenian genocide,
Danny Tarkanian told funeral attendees Monday.

About 100 former players and 25 coaches attended the funeral at Our
Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church. The UNLV coaching legend died Feb.

11 at the age of 84.

"I honestly believe that my father never quit when faced with
insurmountable odds because of the perserverance, tenacity and
determination his mother had demonstrated," Danny Tarkanian said
during his eulogy.

Rose Tarkanian was a survivor. She narrowly survived the Armenian
genocide, which began in 1915, her grandson said, after the rest of
her family and friends were herded into a church and burned alive.

After migrating to the United States in her early years, she overcame
more hardship: the Great Depression and the loss of her husband.

"Dad idolized his mother and could never speak about her without
breaking into tears," Tarkanian said.

His father's family grew up in poverty, he said.

He told the story from his father's lean years while attending college
in Fresno, Calif. Jerry Tarkanian and friend Harry Gaykian "would go
to a coffee shop and order hot water, pour some ketchup in the cup,
add some crackers and call it tomato soup."

Before his parents got married, his father only owned a pair of
tennis shoes.

"His mother bought him his first dress shoes for his wedding, which
he kept in his closet to the day he passed," Tarkanian said.

"Dad didn't play for a great coach nor play at a powerful basketball
school. He really didn't have a mentor.

"In fact, his stepfather even told him to forget sports and be a
barber. And for those of you who remember my sixth-grade crew cut,
you know Dad made the right decision being a coach."

Jerry Tarkanian's wife, Lois, also delivered a eulogy.

Attendees included most of the 1990 NCAA championship team, with the
exceptions of Greg Anthony and David Butler.

Others at the funeral: former basketball coaches Billy Tubbs, Ben
Howland and Jerry Pimm, longtime Tarkanian assistant Tim Grgurich
and former UNLV head football coach Harvey Hyde.


The High Roller observatory wheel had an inspirational role in
tonight's dimming of the lights on the Strip to honor Jerry Tarkanian.

Tony Cordasco, who teamed up with fellow UNLV alumni Scott Gulbransen
on the lights-dimming campaign, said the idea came to him when he
saw the High Roller was illuminated in red the night of Feb. 11,
the day Tarkanian died.

"The whole town was grieving. We had to do something," said Cordasco,
who moved here from New Jersey in his late teens to pursue a
broadcasting career.

"I was down by the Strip," he said, "and saw High Roller's light
turned red to honor his memory, and I started thinking about dimming
the lights."

He and Gulbransen, an online marketing expert, turned to Twitter and
Facebook to ignite the idea.

"Social media is so powerful," Cordasco said, "and we had a lot of help
from the county and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

"The Stratosphere was first. They said, 'Count us in.'â~@~I"

The lights will dim for three minutes at 10:30 tonight, shortly after
the UNLV-Boise State game at the Thomas &Mack Center.


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