Ross Giudice, USF basketball manager in championship era, dies
July 20, 2017 - Basketballs
Ross Giudice, a college basketball manager and businessman who had a vital purpose in 3 inhabitant championship University of San Francisco teams, died in his nap Jul 14 in an assisted vital trickery in Sonoma County. He was 93.
Mr. Giudice was an surprising figure in a universe of vital college sports in a 1950s. He was reputable for his believe of basketball and was an glorious clergyman — nonetheless he walked divided from a diversion after a singular year as conduct varsity manager during USF.
His many famous tyro was Bill Russell, who became an NBA Hall of Famer and is deliberate one of a best players ever to play a game.
Russell was an different and tender actor from McClymonds High School in Oakland when he enrolled during USF in 1952. It was pronounced that yet Russell had extraordinary healthy talent, he lacked a elemental skills that after done him an All-American and a star with a Boston Celtics.
When Russell arrived during USF, Mr. Giudice was manager of a beginner group and Russel became his star pupil.
Mr. Guidice was a varsity’s sole partner manager to conduct manager Phil Woopert when Russell led a 1955 and 1956 USF teams to dual inhabitant championships.
“Much of what we am, we owe to Ross,” Russell wrote in his journal “Go Up for Glory.”
Mr. Giudice also helped other players on those championship teams, that are deliberate among a best ever to play a college game. “He was a miraculous teacher,” pronounced Vince Boyle, who played on a 1956 team. “Those championships would never have happened but Ross.”
Between 1955 and 1957, USF won 60 true games, and over 4 years had a record of 104 victories and usually 10 losses.
Mr. Giudice was an artless male and never took credit for a team’s success. Nonetheless he was severely reputable in basketball circles.
“He really was an critical figure in Bay Area basketball,” pronounced Rene Herrerias, who played with Mr. Giudice and after was conduct manager during a University of California.
Mr. Giudice served as an partner for 9 years and, when Woolpert stepped down, became USF’s varsity manager for a 1959-60 team. The group was undermanned and finished a deteriorate with 9 wins and 16 losses, yet newspapers praised what they called Mr. Giudice’s “brilliant coaching.” Mr. Giudice stepped down after that deteriorate and never coached college sports again.
Instead, he worked as a partner in a San Francisco seat business. He late in a 1990s.
Ross Giudice was innate in Detroit in 1924 and changed with his family to San Francisco as a child. He played lightweight basketball during Washington High School and scored a winning points when a group won a San Francisco championship.
Mr. Giudice served in a U.S. Navy during World War II, and was bleeding aboard a battleship California in a conflict of Leyte Gulf.
After a war, he enrolled during USF, majored in accounting, and played basketball. He played ensure and tiny forward, and scored a final 4 points when USF degraded Loyola of Chicago by a singular indicate in a 1949 National Invitational Tournament in Madison Square Garden in New York.
Mr. Guidice graduated from USF in 1950 and began his coaching career a year later. His pursuit as an partner did not compensate well, so he also taught during Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco and helped work a seat store.
His wife, Elaine, died progressing this year. He is survived by dual daughters, Lisa Giudice of San Rafael and Denise Donald of Sonoma; a son, David Giudice of Rhonert Park; a sister, Mary Mercurio, of San Rafael; and 4 grandchildren.
Services are pending.
Carl Nolte is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @carlnoltesf