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Scott LangPittsburgh, PA – Dec. 12, 2010 -- The La Roche College community mourns the loss of respected and accomplished men's basketball coach Scott Lang, who died suddenly on Friday evening after collapsing during practice.

Coach Lang, 41, was in his 18th year at La Roche and his 14th as head basketball coach. His La Roche teams are two-time recipients of the Schoenfeld Sportsmanship Award, most recently this year. The award is voted on by the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association and presented annually to a school in the NCAA Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

In remembering Scott, La Roche College President Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D. said, "We have lost a great friend, a man of unwavering faith and a beloved role model and mentor to his team and so many of our students. We extend heartfelt sympathy to Scott's family, friends, students and the basketball players he cared for so selflessly.”

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Kerr Sports and Fitness Center on campus. Visitation with the family will be Sat., Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., service immediately following at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park.

At the request of his family, a La Roche College memorial fund will be established. Contributions can be sent to the Scott Lang Memorial Fund, c/o La Roche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

Prior to becoming the head coach, Lang served four years under Matt Driscoll, currently head coach at the University of North Florida. Lang took over the program in the spring of 1997 at age 27, making him the youngest NCAA men's head basketball coach in the United States.

As the head coach at La Roche, Lang held the record for most wins (150) and highest winning percentage in school history. He guided the Redhawks to the AMCC championship game is only his second season, and in 2004, the Redhawks won the first conference championship in the school's history.

Under Lang’s leadership, the Redhawks had two second place finishes in the regular season. Lang has recruited and coached three All-Americans, Damian Hall (2000, Marcess Williams (2002) and Cliff Foster (2004. Lang coached in the Erie Invitational in 1999 where he led a group of NBA free agents and college all-stars, including Ricky Price (Duke), Demetrius Alexander (Alabama) and Roderick Anderson (Texas) to a 7-0 record and the Invitational championship.

In 2009, Lang was an assistant coach for the USA Jr. National Team. The team featured six of the top fifty high school players in the country including Jared Sullinger (Ohio State, Tristan Thompson (Texas), and Josh Shelby (Kansas).

In his playing days, Lang was named to the Post-Gazette North Fabulous Five (1988) and was also a three-time all-section performer at Mars High School. He began his collegiate career at Butler County Community College where he became the all-time assists leader and free throw percentage leader. He led the Pioneers to the WPCC Championship game both seasons where they eventually lost to national champion Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). Lang concluded his playing career at Clarion University, earning a scholarship and enjoying two seasons of 19 and 16 wins respectively.

Coach Lang was a Mars, PA native and currently resided in McCandless.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For additional details about Coach Lang, his career and team, click here.

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