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An unusual path for a major college coach. He did not play college ball. He tried to walk on at Marquette in the late 60s, was not good enough. He stuck around as a student assistant, and continued as an assistant coach. This was a fine gig for a budding basketball junkie: the head coach was the legendary Al Maguire. They won the NIT Championship in 1970, went to the Final Four in '74, then won it all in '77.

Gary Williams was on the radio, and said of Majerus that he was a "gym rate as a coach", but which he meant that Majerus would go to every seminar he could find, and observe any practice that a coach would let him into. He soaked up as much basketball as he could.

Majerus coached 8th grade boys in Milwaukee, according to his Wikipedia page, I guess during his time as a student assistant at Marquette; then coached the freshmen boys at his high school. After a dozen years assisting he eventually took over as head guy at Marquette, and left three seasons later to assist Don Nelson in the NBA for a season.

He really built himself into a coach, out of nothing but an incredible appetite for the game.
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