As ESPN’s Jay Bilas writes:

Massimino was a larger-than-life figure, a true character when the game was full of characters. Like most coaches of his generation, Coach Mass started with a high school team and then took over at Stony Brook before sitting beside Chuck Daly as an assistant at Penn. In the early 1970s, Massimino became the head coach at Villanova. He was a stalwart of the newly formed Big East, along with John Thompson, Lou Carnesecca, Bill Raftery and Jim Boeheim. Fiery and funny, Coach Mass built Villanova into a battling contender, reaching 11 NCAA tournaments, and he engineered one of the most iconic and shocking upsets in basketball history with the Wildcats’ win over mighty Georgetown at Kentucky’s Rupp Arena in 1985: