Longtime Mount St. Mary’s coach Phelan dies at 92

Longtime Mount St. Mary’s basketball coach Jim Phelan has died at 92. (AP)

Former longtime Mount St. Mary’s men’s basketball coach Jim Phelan has died at 92, according to a tweet sent by the school’s athletic department.

Phelan coached the Mountaineers for 49 years, winning 830 games and guiding them to what is now the Division II National Championship in 1962.

“Coach Phelan is Mount St. Mary’s basketball,” current coach Dan Englestad said in a statement released by the department. “I get to share his desk and I get to coach in the gym that he changed lives in – what an honor.”

Englestad added that Phelan’s “friendship and mentorship were a true gift in my life,” and called him “a loyal husband, a loyal coach, a loyal friend.”

Phelan, whose visual trademark was the bow tie he wore on the sidelines, oversaw the program’s transition to Division I in the late 1980s, and led the school, based in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths, plus a trip to the NIT, before retiring in 2003.

Dave Preston

Dave has been in the D.C. area for 10 years and in addition to working at WTOP since 2002 has also been on the air at Westwood One/CBS Radio as well as Red Zebra Broadcasting (Redskins Network).

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