(June 18, 2004)
George "Moe" Radovich, former University of Wyoming basketball great who went on to become head coach of the Cowboy basketball program, died Friday, June 18 in Las Vegas, Nev. at the age of 75.
He was born May 5, 1929, in Crosby, Wyo., outside of Thermopolis. He attended schools in Thermopolis and starred in basketball for the Thermopolis Bobcats. He attended junior college at then Northwest Center in Powell before transferring to UW where he graduated in 1952. He received his master's degree in 1955.
As a Cowboy basketball player, he was named most valuable player in the western regional playoffs and was selected to the Helms Foundation All-American team. He was a member of the college all stars who toured with the Harlem Globetrotters. He played one season with the NBA's Philadelphia Warriors. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean War and was wounded. In his coaching career, he coached at Sheridan College and Wayne State in Nebraska before becoming an assistant coach at UW for five years. He was head basketball coach at Fullerton Jr. College in Fullerton, Calif., for one season and then was hired as head coach at UW from 1974-1976.
He moved to San Diego, Calif., where he was active in sports-related businesses. He and his wife retired in 1995 and moved to Las Vegas.
Survivors include his wife, the former Barbara (Bobbie) Kagi of Powell, two daughters, Tara Radovich and Toby James; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren of San Diego.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held June 21 in Las Vegas. Graveside services for burial of cremains will be held at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell on Saturday, July 31 at 2 p.m.