Jack Devine, former Villanova player and assistant, dies

Jack Devine, former Villanova player and assistant, dies
June 17, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Jack Devine (right), here pictured with current head coach Jay Wright, is one of only five players in Villanova men's basketball history to record more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. (Photo: Villanova University)

Former Villanova basketball player and assistant coach Jack Devine died Sunday in Sea Isle, New Jersey.

Devine was 82.

“Jack Devine was an outstanding player and coach at a time when Villanova Basketball grew to become a nationally prominent program,” head coach Jay Wright said in a statement. “He was always very supportive of our team and staff. The Nova Nation has lost a great gentleman.”

Devine was one of only five players in school history to record more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, joining Howard Porter, Jim Washington, Ed Pinckney and Harold Pressley.

Devine scored 1,263 points in his Villanova career, 39th on the all-time list, and averaged 11.2 per game. He is third in school history with 1,181 rebounds, behind Porter (1,317) and Washington (1,194).

After coaching West Catholic High School, which he also attended, for three years, Devine returned to Villanova as an assistant under Jack Kraft.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at St. Joseph Church, 43rd St. and Landis Ave. Sea Isle City, N.J. 08243.

Relatives and friends are invited to Visitation at the Church on Thursday, 9-10:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to West Catholic High School, 4501 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19139, or Villanova University, 800 E. Lancaster Ave. Villanova, Pa. 19085.