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Former Hawkeye coach and member of the Fab 5 Sharm Scheuerman dies

DENVER(KWWL)--Sharm Scheuerman, a member of the "56  Iowa Hawkeye basketball "Fab

Five team," who became the youngest head basketball coach in NCAA Division I history at the

age of 24, died Tuesday. He was 76 years old.

Coach Scheuerman battled  prostate cancer, which spread to his bones, for seven years.

He passed away peacefully in his home August 30, with his wife Kathy by his side.

Sharm Scheuerman was born May 16, 1934 in Moline, Illinois. He attended Rock Island High

School, where he lettered in basketball, baseball, and football. While he was a 1952 All-State

Quarterback in Illinois during his senior year, Scheuerman attended the University of Iowa on a

full scholarship for basketball. He continued to play baseball and lettered in each sport

concurrently for three years.

Under basketball coach Bucky O'Connor, he was part of the Iowa Hawkeyes' "Fabulous Five,"

an all-sophomore group of starters who finished second in the Big Ten in 1953-54, then swept

the conference to win consecutive Big Ten championships in 1954-55 and 1955-56. As seniors,

the Hawkeyes finished second in the nation losing to Bill Russell and the San Francisco

Dons in the NCAA Championship game. Scheuerman's number was retired in 1980, along with the numbers of his "Fab Five" teammates: Carl Cain, Bill Logan, Bill Seaberg, and Bill Schoof.

Scheuerman became the Hawkeyes' head coach in 1958 after O'Connor was killed in a car accident traveling to a speaking engagement in Waterloo.  Scheuerman served as the Hawkeye head coach until stepping down in 1964. He later served as an television analyst for Hawkeye basketball games on KWWL-TV.  

 

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