Titus Memorializes Jerry Tarkanian on House Floor

Feb 11, 2015
Floor Statements

February 11, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada’s First District today spoke on the House Floor to recognize, honor, and mourn Coach Jerry Tarkanian, who passed away on February 11, 2015. Below are her remarks:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise with a heavy heart to mourn the loss and honor the life of my friend, Coach Jerry Tarkanian who passed away this morning.

“A leader and role model, both on and off the court, The Shark was not only a legendary collegiate men’s basketball coach, but a pillar in the Las Vegas community.

“As coach at UNLV, he led the Running Rebels to a 509-105 record over 19 seasons, four Final Four appearances, and a NCAA championship in 1990. In 2013, he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame; and a statue of him was placed outside UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center which is home of the basketball court bearing his name.

“Coach Tarkanian was known for giving young players a second chance. He supported numerous charities and programs that helped build character, life skills, and talents that fostered success in later life.

“My thoughts go out to his wife Lois and his family, and I am sure the Coach is now chewing on that famous towel up in heaven.

“I yield back.”