TUCSON, Arz. – Former University of Arizona Director of Athletics Dave Strack passed away on Saturday at the age of 90. Strack served as AD at the UA from 1972-82.
“We’re saddened to hear of Dave Strack’s passing,” said current Director of Athletics Greg Byrne. “He was a forward-thinking administrator, who did a lot for the University of Arizona and its athletics department. We send our condolences to Dave’s family and friends.”
Highlighting his decade-long tenure at Arizona, Strack hired the first African-American head men's basketball coach at a major university when he appointed Fred Snowden to lead Arizona's program in 1972. He also oversaw the opening of the McKale Memorial Center in February of 1973. Strack was also instrumental in Arizona’s transition from the WAC to the Pac-10 in 1978.
Prior to his time at Arizona, Strack served as an administrator and head men’s basketball coach at the University of Michigan. He compiled a 113-89 overall record at Michigan, including two trips to the Final Four. His 113 career wins rank fourth on Michigan's all-time list.
As a basketball player, Strack was the team captain and MVP at Shortridge High (Ind.) before attending Michigan. He became a three-time letterwinner for the Wolverines and captained the 1945-46 squad.