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Jack Null

Jack Null
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born 1925
Staunton, Virginia
Died May 8, 2003 (aged 78)
Playing career
1943–1947 Richmond
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1951–1954
1954–1955
1955–1958
Staunton Military Academy
Lake Worth HS
VMI
Head coaching record
Overall 12–58

Marvin Jackson "Jack" Null was an American college basketball coach. A native of Staunton, Virginia and a graduate of the University of Richmond, Null coached the Virginia Military Institute basketball team for three years in the 1950s. In addition to his service to VMI, Null headed Richmond's freshman teams in football, basketball, and baseball for four seasons. He also coached Lake Worth High School in Lake Worth, Florida.

Early life

Null was born in 1925 in Staunton, Virginia. He went to Robert E. Lee High School as well as the now-defunct Staunton Military Academy.[1] After graduating in 1943, he attended the University of Richmond where he played on the school's football, basketball, and baseball teams. Null continued to work with Richmond following his graduation in 1947, coaching the freshman football, basketball, and baseball teams.[2]

Coaching career

After working four seasons with the Spiders, Null returned to his hometown to head the Staunton Military Academy basketball program. In three years at SMA, Null was 49–11 and the team won the 1951 Northeastern Prep School Basketball Tournament in Glens Falls, New York.[1]

Null next went to Florida where he was the head coach of Lake Worth High School, now known as Lake Worth Community High School, for one season. He then returned to his home state in 1955 and joined the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, near his hometown of Staunton. In his first year with the Keydets, the team went 4–19 and 3–11 in the Southern Conference.[3] The Keydets never managed to win more than four games under Null, and he resigned following the conclusion of the 1957–58 campaign.[4] His record at VMI was 12–58.

Later life

Following his retirement from coaching, Null established a firm in 1964, Jack Null & Company.[2] He started a prominent career in realty, directing the Virginia Association of Realtors, the Richmond Multiple Listing Service, and the Richmond Association of Realtors. Null was named the Realtor of the Year in 1987. Additionally, he was a founding member of the Richmond Sports Backers and a former director of the SMA Foundation.

Null died on May 8, 2003, due to complications from an aneurysm.[2] He was 78 years old, and left behind five children.

Head coaching record

Basketball

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VMI Keydets (Southern Conference) (1955–1958)
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      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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References

  1. ^ a b Manus, George (December 5, 1955). "Null to Coach Basketballers, Team Hopes for SC Berth" (PDF). The Cadet (Lexington, VA: Virginia Military Institute). Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c SMA Alumni – Obituaries
  3. ^ Jack Null – Sports-Reference
  4. ^ "Miller Sets Goal As Entering Cagers Into SC Tourney" (PDF). The Cadet (Lexington, VA: Virginia Military Institute). June 10, 1958. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ 2013–14 VMI Basketball Fact Book