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Former Iowa State, Michigan basketball coach Johnny Orr dies at 86

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The iconic college coach passed away at the age of 86.

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Former Massachusetts, Michigan and Iowa State college basketball coach Johnny Orr has passed away at the age of 86, reports the Associated Press. Orr served as head coach at Massachusetts for three seasons but is best known for his time with the Wolverines and Cyclones.

Orr coached at Michigan from the 1968-1969 season through the 1979-1980 season. He is the winningest coach in Michigan history, ending his run with the program with a 209-113 record. He was named National Coach of the Year in 1976. He coached the team to two Elite Eight appearances as well as one national title game. Michigan was the runner-up in the 1974 finals.

He left Michigan for Iowa State to start the 1980-1981 season and would finish his coaching career with the school in 1994. Orr is also the winningest coach in Cyclone history, putting together 218 wins for a program that had not seen an NCAA tournament berth in the previous 40 years. Orr coached Iowa State to six NCAA tournament berths, including one Sweet Sixteen appearance.

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