Legendary LIU basketball coach Roy Rubin dies at 87

Legendary LIU basketball coach Roy Rubin (right) passed away this week at the age of 87. Photo courtesy of LIU Athletics.

Legendary LIU basketball coach Roy Rubin (right) passed away this week at the age of 87. Photo courtesy of LIU Athletics.

It’s been a rough week for LIU as it lost Ossie Schectman, the NBA’s first scorer, last week and now it has lost Roy Rubin, who coached the Blackbirds to national prominence in the 1960s, and passed away this week at the age of 87.

“Roy has always been recognized as one of the founding fathers of LIU Brooklyn Athletics, along with Clair Bee and Buck Lai,” LIU Brooklyn Director of Athletics John Suarez said. “His career speaks for itself and dedication to his players and their love for him lasted an entire lifetime. He will truly be missed.”

In addition to having a 174-94 record with LIU, Rubin coached the Philadelphia 76ers in 1972-73. For more on this story, please read it on the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.


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