Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian elected to basketball hall of fame
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Former University of Nevada men's basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, age 82, was officially nominated to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this morning.
He was joined by former NBA starts Bernard King and Gary Payton, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, North Carolina women's coach Sylvia Hatchess, former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis and former University of Virginia star Dawn Staley.
The induction ceremony will take place in September in Springfield, Mass.
Five other names were announced earlier -- Edwin E.B. Henderson, Pacers guard Roger Brown, Olympian Oscar Schmidt of Brazil, former New York Knicks star Richie Guerin, and Russ Grankik, the longtime assistant commissioner of the NBA.
The announcement including Tarkanian was made in Atlanta at about 8 a.m. locally this morning.
Tarkanian led the UNLV Runnin' Rebels to four Final Fours and the national championship in 1990.
In 19 years at UNLV, Tarkanian won 509 games. The Rebels went to the Final Four in 1977, 1987, 1990 and 1991.
Tarkanian also coached at Long Beach State and Fresno State. His overall record was 784 wins in 31 years.
The induction ceremony will take place Sept. 8 at the hall's location ins Springfield, Mass.