Former Villanova coach Kraft dies at 93

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Updated: 8/29 3:05 pm

Villanova, PA ( - Former Villanova basketball coach Jack Kraft died on Thursday in New Jersey, the school said in a release Friday. He was 93.

Kraft coached Villanova from 1961-73 and he finished with 238 victories. He guided the program to six NCAA Tournament appearances, including a run to the 1971 title game. The Wildcats lost 68-62 to UCLA in the final.

"The Villanova community mourns the loss of Jack Kraft," university president Rev. Peter M. Donohue said. "His leadership style inspired great play and nurtured the development of skills and interests off the court that contributed to successful and rewarding lives. This inspired great loyalty and love among those he coached, and created a rich legacy that will endure at Villanova."

Kraft's winning percentage of .715 is the highest in Villanova history.

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