A beloved basketball coach and mentor to decades-worth of college athletes, Louis Orr passed away on Friday.
There aren't many like Louis Orr. And on Friday, the basketball world grieved his loss.
After a battle with cancer, Orr died at 64. He was universally loved for his passion for the game and his dedication to his players. Orr spent over 30 years as a coach, leading teams at the high school, college, and pro levels. Career highlights include leading the Seton Hall Pirates to two NCAA tournaments, stints as Bowling Green & Siena's head coach, and the same role for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA G League.
One of the best players to ever come through the Syracuse program, his #55 was retired by the Orange. He played in four NCAA tournaments and was tabbed to the All-Big East First Team in 1990.
Throughout his career, Coach Orr was admired for his ability to bring out the best in his players, as many have attested. He was known for his strong work ethic and his commitment to developing the skills & character of his teams. His players spoke highly of him, with many describing him as a father figure who provided guidance and support both on and off the court.
Patrick Ewing, who hired Orr to be an assistant coach when he was hired at Georgetown in 2017, was understandably devastated.
It's always horrible losing a player and coach of Louis Orr's stature. He'll be remembered for his pleasant nature and his friendly attitude at all his stops. We've lost a good one.