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Legendary Murray Wier to be honored July 12

Legendary Murray Wier to be honored July 12

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Iowa All-American and Hall of Fame Waterloo East basketball coach, the late Murray Wier, will be honored July 12 at the Waterloo Eagles Club.

The public is invited to attend this special memorial tribute to Coach Wier, who died in April of this year at age 89.

The Waterloo Eagles Club, at 200 East 1st Street, will open its door at 5:30 p.m. July 12 , for the 6-8 p.m. memorial tribute to Murray Wier.

Murray Wier grew up in in the small, southeast Iowa town of Grandview, where he was a star player. He played for Muscatine his senior season in high school and went on the next year to play at the University of Iowa.  

He was just 5-9 and 154 pounds, but Murray Wier was so talented, he would become Iowa's first-ever consensus first team team All-American.

He started all four years for the Hawkeyes during his time in Iowa City, and was named the Big Ten Conference 'Most Valuable Player' in 1948, averaging 21-points a game.

Nicknamed the "Rampaging Redhead" and "Wizard Wier," Murray went on to play professional basketball for the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Waterloo Hawks. He was drafted by the Detroit PIstons in 1948, and played one season for legendary NBA coach, Red Auerbach.

Murray Wier coached Waterloo East to a State Basketball Championship in 1974, and  is a member of the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, both as a player and coach. He coached Waterloo East 24 years, with an overall record of 372 wins and 149 losses. He coached East to the State Tournament eight times. The Trojans beat Dubuque Wahlert, 71-54, to win the 1974 State Title.

Doors to the Waterloo Eagles Club (200 East 1st Street, Waterloo) will open at 5:30 p.m. for the July 12 Murray Wier memorial tribute. Again, the public is invited to attend this event. 

For more information, call 319-242-1937. 

 


 

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