Boylan, Rutgers radio voice, former hoops coach, dies at 82


PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Joe Boylan, a popular radio voice for Rutgers basketball and a former coach when the team made its only Final Four appearance nearly a half-century ago, has died. He was 82.

Rutgers announced his death on Monday. Boylan had a stroke on Wednesday and died Sunday, the day the Scarlet Knights lost to Houston and ended their first NCAA Tournament in 30 years.

“I want to send my condolences to Coach Boylan, our beloved radio guy,” current coach Steve Pikiell said. “One of the nicest people I’ve ever met. He traveled with us for the last five years and was the voice of Rutgers basketball. He will be really missed. He was one of the greatest people that I’ve been around. He was a special person.”

Boylan was in the sixth season of his second stint as the men’s color analyst for the Rutgers Sports Network. He previously served as associate head basketball coach of the Scarlet Knights from 1973-85, a span during which they made the Final Four under Tom Young in 1976.

Boylan also was an assistant athletic director as well as the program’s radio analyst from 1985-91.

Prior to returning to Rutgers, the Baltimore native served as athletic director for Loyola of Maryland for 19 years, retiring in 2010.

Boylan attended Lafayette and played basketball and soccer.

Boylan is survived by his wife, Molly; daughter Heather; son-in-law Dave Wojcik; and grandson Jake.

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