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Legenday Cornell lacrosse coach Richie Moran dead at 85

Legendary Cornell men’s lacrosse coach Richie Moran died Sunday.

He was 85. A University Tweet said “The greatest of ambassadors of Cornell Men’s Lacrosse, Cornell University, and the Ithaca community. The world of lacrosse, and all of us, mourns the loss of legendary coach and mentor Richie Moran. Coach passed away early this afternoon. We’ll miss him forever.” Moran led the Big Red to NCAA national championships in 1971, 1976 and 1977 and his teams won 42 straight games in the ’70s, still an NCAA record.

Moran’s playing career started at SUNY Cortland, before he transferred to Maryland, winning a national championship in 1959. Moran coached at Cornell from 1969-97, with a record of 257-121. He was succeeded by Dave Pietramala, who later went on to win two national titles at Johns Hopkins. He’s currently defensive coordinator at Syracuse. Pietramala was succeeded in 2001 by Hobart graduate Jeff Tambroni.

Moran leaves behind a wife and three children. No information on services has been released.