Schaus coached, mentored Jerry West

Updated: February 12, 2010, 9:59 AM ET
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Fred Schaus, a former Los Angeles Lakers coach and general manager who mentored Jerry West and Hot Rod Hundley at West Virginia, has died. He was 84.

The former West Virginia University coach and athletic director died Wednesday night in Morgantown, said Dan Hastings, a funeral director at Hastings Funeral Home in Morgantown. Schaus had been living in a nursing home. The cause of death wasn't immediately released.

"Fred's passing brings finality to a relationship ...

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