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Gene Bartow, father of UAB athletics, dies at 81

By Steve Irvine, The Birmingham News

Gene Bartow, known as "The Father of UAB Athletics," died Tuesday evening at the age of 81 after a two-year battle with stomach cancer.

The Browning, Mo., native spent 34 years as a college basketball head coach and was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November 2009. He was the head coach at six universities, compiling a 647-353 record. He directed Memphis State to the 1973 national championship game and went 52-9 in two seasons at UCLA, including another Final Four appearance, after the retirement of the legendary John Wooden.

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Gene Bartow dies at 81; former UCLA basketball coach

By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times

Gene Bartow, the successor to John Wooden as UCLA basketball coach who became the architect of a new and successful athletics program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, died Tuesday evening. He was 81.

Bartow, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer two years ago, died at his Birmingham home, according to a university spokesman.

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Gene Bartow Passes Away At Age 81

Memphis Athletics

Gene Bartow, the legendary college basketball coach and a native of Browning, Missouri, who led the 1973 Tiger basketball team to the NCAA National Championship Game against UCLA, has lost his long battle against cancer. Bartow, age 81, died on January 3rd at his home in Birmingham, Alabama.

Renowned as one of college basketball's most outstanding coaches, Bartow will long be remembered as a "true gentleman" of the sport. One of the most legendary athletic figures in the city's history, Bartow and his Tiger basketball teams have long been recognized for helping relieve racial tensions in the Bluff City following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968.

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Former UCLA Basketball Coach Gene Bartow Passes Away

UCLA Athletics

Former UCLA Head Men's Basketball Coach Gene Bartow, 81, died Tuesday evening in Birmingham, Ala., after a two-year battle with stomach cancer.

Gene Bartow was named the UCLA head coach following Coach John Wooden's retirement after the 1974-75 season. In his first season (1975-76) at the UCLA helm, Bartow guided the Bruins to a 28-4 overall record and an eighth consecutive Pacific-8 championship (13-1). UCLA advanced to the Final Four for the 10th straight year and finished third. The Bruins finished the season ranked No. 5 in nation.

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Remembering UAB Legend Gene Bartow

90.3 WBHM.org

The man referred to as the father of UAB athletics has died. Gene Bartow passed away Tuesday after a two-year battle with stomach cancer. He was 81. The hall of fame coach lead teams at six universities, but it was at UAB where he really made his mark as the first mens basketball coach and first athletic director. WBHM’s Andrew Yeager has this remembrance.

Before he even set foot in Birmingham, Gene Bartow had an enviable record. He took what’s now the University of Memphis mens basketball team to the national championship game in 1973. He then succeeded legendary coach John Wooden at UCLA. And while that two-year stint in California included another trip to the Final Four, Bartow told WBHM in 2009 being in Wooden’s shadow was tough.

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