NEW YORK -- Dick Holub, a member of LIU's 1941 NIT championship team and a longtime coach at Fairleigh Dickinson, has died. He was 87.
Holub died on July 27, 2009, in Sun City West, Ariz., according to Long Island University.
The 6-foot-7 Holub, one of LIU's first quality big men, helped the Blackbirds to a 25-2 record and the NIT title in 1940-41. He led the team in scoring the next season and then served in the Air Force in the South Pacific in World War II. He returned to LIU in 1946-47 and led the team in scoring with a then-record 397 points.
He played one season in the Basketball Association of America, the precursor to the NBA, and led the New York Knicks in scoring.
Holub was the first men's basketball coach at FDU and had a 233-167 record there from 1949-66.
Holub, who held a Doctorate of Education from Columbia, was a longtime professor of English at FDU. In 1981, he accepted a position at the University of Connecticut as academic adviser to the athletics department.
He is survived by Eileen Zagata Holub, his wife of 39 years, four daughters, two sons, 10 grandchildren and a great-grandson.