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Overview (1)

Born in East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA

Mini Bio (1)

This New Jersey native is to college basketball what fireworks and watermelon are to the 4th of July. Known as Dickie V to his legions of fans all over America, his coaching career started at East Rutherford High School in the late 60s. As his career progressed he went on to coach the University of Detroit and the Detroit Pistons of the NBA. Fired in 1979 as coach of the NBA Pistons he immediately took a job at the start up cable network ESPN, pairing with Jim Simpson to call its first ever college basketball game for $350 that same year. As the popularity of college basketball took off in the 80s, Vitale's fame also soared as ESPN's #1 color analyst. Still working for ESPN, Dick has fan clubs on college campuses all over America and is often more popular with the fans than the game he is covering. He is famous for his catch phrases such as "DIAPER DANDY" (a freshman) or screaming "THATTA WAY" after a great play or slam dunk. Dick is in high demand as a motivational speaker. He is also the author of several books including "Vitale: Time Out, Baby!" and "Campus Chaos: Why the Game I Love is Breaking My Heart". The Seton Hall grad currently lives in the Tampa area, where he has season tickets to the Devil Rays, with his wife Lorraine.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: patmcmahon67@hotmail.com

Spouse (2)

Lorraine McGrath (22 May 1971 - present) (2 children)
Joanne (? - ?) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Known for his high-energy commentary and expressions such as "Awesome, Baby!" and "Unbelievable!"

Trivia (17)

He has two daughters named Terri and Sherri.
Recipient of the Curt Gowdy Award (awarded to members of the electronic and print media for outstanding contributions to basketball) in 1998.
Has a brother named John.
Is on the Board of Directors of The V Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer, which was founded in 1993 by his late friend and former ESPN colleague Jim Valvano.
Often eats at the Broken Egg restaurant on Siesta Key, Florida.
Inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 as a contributor.
Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 as a contributor. Selection was announced 7 April 2008, one day after the announcement of his selection to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
He was nominated for the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his contributions to Sports.
Inducted into the University of Detroit Mercy Detroit Titans Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.
Basketball coach at the University of Detroit Mercy, 1973-74 through 1976-77.
He was inducted into the 2015 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services in sports.
Inducted into the National Sports Media Hall of Fame in 2013.
Inducted into the Sarasota [Florida] Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame in 2001.
Inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
Inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
Inducted into the East Rutherford [New Jersey] Hall of Fame in 1985.
Inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence in 2012.

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