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