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Former Stanford men's basketball coach DiBiaso dies

 

Dick DiBiaso, Stanford's head men's basketball coach from 1976-82, died on Sunday at the age of 76.

DiBiaso served as Stanford's head coach for seven seasons. He guided the Cardinal to 70 wins during his time on The Farm, mentoring All-Americans Keith Jones and John Revelli. DiBiaso also coached Stanford Hall of Fame inductees Kim Belton and Mike Bratz. DiBiaso was voted the 1976 Pac-8 Coach of the Year.

He was appointed Stanford's 13th head coach in April of 1975 after serving as an assistant coach at Notre Dame under Digger Phelps from 1971-75. During his time on the Irish staff, Notre Dame made two NCAA Tournament appearances and snapped UCLA's record-88-game winning streak.

He began his collegiate coaching tenure at Virginia under head coach Bill Gibson from 1968-71.

DiBiaso is survived by his wife, Shawna, and children Brian and Shawne.

— Stanford Athletics

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Posted by Tom Mclaughlin
a resident of another community
on Oct 26, 2017 at 6:26 pm

I along with Bob Frederick were Dick’s first two assistants. Bob ended up becoming a legendary AD @ Kansas. Dick was a great man and as honest as they come. He fit in on the farm and got along great with Hall Of Fame coach Bill Walsh and his assistants Gunther Cunningham, Denny Green, Wiley Shaw, Doug Single he also connected with baseball coach Mark Marquis, tennis coach Dick Gould, volleyball coach Art Lambert and SID Gary Cavalli. Dick wouldn’t understand the scandal in college basketball because he did things the right way. He brought some great players and people to Stanford. Guys who were successful in life after Stanford. Kimberly Belton, Mike Bratz, Wolfe Perry, Paul Giovacchini, Jeff Ryan, Dr Tom Schmazied, Brian Welch and countless other successful people. DiBo was as organized as they come and he did it the correct way. No shortcuts and all above board. He worked 24 hours a day and there were no days off. May he RIP and he gave everything he had to Stanford Basketball. He was one of the good ones!


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Posted by Tom Mclaughlin
a resident of Los Altos
on Oct 26, 2017 at 6:29 pm

I along with Bob Frederick were Dick’s first two assistants. Bob ended up becoming a legendary AD @ Kansas. Dick was a great man and as honest as they come. He fit in on the farm and got along great with Hall Of Fame coach Bill Walsh and his assistants Gunther Cunningham, Denny Green, Willie Shaw, Doug Single he also connected with baseball coach Mark Marquis, tennis coach Dick Gould, volleyball coach Art Lambert and SID Gary Cavalli. Dick wouldn’t understand the scandal in college basketball because he did things the right way. He brought some great players and people to Stanford. Guys who were successful in life after Stanford. Kimberly Belton, Mike Bratz, Wolfe Perry, Paul Giovacchini, Jeff Ryan, Dr Tom Schmazied, Brian Welch and countless other successful people. DiBo was as organized as they come and he did it the correct way. No shortcuts and all above board. He worked 24 hours a day and there were no days off. May he RIP and he gave everything he had to Stanford Basketball. He was one of the good ones!


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Posted by Terry Crouthamel
a resident of another community
on Nov 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm

I was a teammate with Dick at Mansfield University. For the two years I played with Dick, he was a mentor and a friend. When I came to Mansfield,
Dick and Davey Russell took me under their wing. Dick was a fierce competitor
and team leader. Dick was an integral part of Mansfield's outstanding success
in the early 60's. I am not surprised at the success he achieved in his coaching and business career. He was a special individual. I regret our paths
did not cross these many years. My memories of Dick will always be special.


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