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John Legarza (1952-58, 75-94/ Basketball, Golf Coach)





John Legarza, from Winnemucca, Nevada, was a four-year basketball letterman, beginning his career at Nevada in 1952. He interrupted his education to serve in the U.S. Army, but returned as basketball team captain during the 1956-57 and ’57-58 seasons. As a senior, he was second in the Far West Conference in scoring at 15.8 points per game. He became a graduate assistant basketball coach under Jack Spencer in 1962, then later was full time assistant from 1972 through 1977 under Coach Jim Padgett and Jim Carey. In 1975 he became the Nevada head golf coach, a position he held until his retirement in 1994. His teams won five conference championships (three in the West Coast Athletic Conference and two in the Big Sky). He took his teams to the NCAA Regionals six times and to the NCAA championship tournament twice (1988 and 1990). Legarza was NCAA Regional Coach of the Year twice, served on the NCAA regional committee for eight years, chairing the committee from 1988 to 1991. Several of his golfers were either All-American or academic All-Americans.

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