Saturday, February 13, 2010

Red Rocha

Red Rocha, the 12th basketball coach in University of Hawaii history, died today at his home in Oregon, according to UH officials.He was 86.

Rocha was best known in Hawaii as the coach of the "Fabulous Five" in the early 1970s.With that team of Dwight Holiday, Jerome Freeman, John Penebacker, Al Davis, and Bob Nash, Rocha guided the Rainbow Warriors to their best two-year record in school history (47-8) and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1972.

He coached the Rainbow Warriors for 10 seasons (1963-73), succeeding Al Saake and getting replaced by Bruce O’Neil. He finished with an overall record of 112-136, putting him second all-time in wins to Riley Wallace.

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Red Rocha missed seeing 1 last game.

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Coach Rocha was fab as an NBA player too.

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