La Roche Grieves Loss Of Head Basketball Coach

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A college community is in mourning after the sudden passing of its head basketball coach.

La Roche College’s Scott Lang collapsed during practice this evening. He was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Friday night, there was an outpouring of support for Lang and his team on the La Roche campus.

“In the fitness center we had a couple hundred students that were here, we had a prayer service, they were taking solace in each other,” Colleen Ruefle, vice president of student life, said.

“They were giving hugs and holding hands and praying together. [It was a] community grieving the loss of a very beloved member.”

Lang was in his 14th year as head coach at La Roche. The Mars native took the job in 1997 at the age of 27 – the youngest men’s coach in the NCAA when he was hired.

Lang holds the school record for wins and led the Redhawks to their first conference championship in school history in 2004.

There is no word on a cause of death. Lang was 41.


One Comment

  1. Bryan Barto says:

    All of us Redhawks (present & alum) lost a very GOOD MAN last night.

    Very glad I got to spend some time with him last week at the Festival of Lights.

    Scotty you’ll be sadly missed!

    Bryan Barto

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