Louis Orr Wiki – Louis Orr Bio
Louis Orr, who previously coached at Seton Hall and played for the Knicks, has died. He was the former American men’s college basketball coach, currently an assistant coach at Georgetown with former New York Knicks teammate Patrick Ewing. He was previously the head coach at Bowling Green State University from 2007 to 2014 and at Seton Hall from April 4, 2001, until his firing on March 24, 2006. He was previously an assistant at Xavier University, Providence College, and his alma mater Syracuse University, before landing his first head coaching job at Siena College.
Louis Orr died at the age of 64 years old.
Orr grew up in Cincinnati and played at Syracuse from 1976 to 1980, earning All-America and All-BIG EAST honors while making four trips to the NCAA tournament.
“We mourn the loss of an Orange legend – a player, a coach, and most importantly a great person who made everyone around him better,” the Syracuse men’s basketball program wrote on Twitter. “The memory of Louis Orr will live in our hearts forever, and especially every time we look up and see his No. 55 in the rafters of the Dome.”
Who remembers Louis Orr's bank shot winner vs. the Celtics???
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) May 7, 2021
He was selected in the second round of the 1980 NBA Draft, 28th overall, by the Pacers, spent two seasons with Indiana, and guided the franchise to its first NBA playoff appearance in 1981. Orr, later joined the Knicks, playing in New York for six seasons before retiring in 1988.
In the NBA, Orr averaged 9.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game over an eight-year career.
Orr began training in 1991; he was an assistant at Xavier, Providence, and Syracuse for several years. He later served as head coach at Siena from 2000-01, Seton Hall from 2001-06, and Bowling Green from 2007-14. Since 2017, he has been an assistant on the staff of former Knicks teammate Patrick Ewing at Georgetown.
Wife & Children
Orr is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Yvette, and their two children, daughter Monica and son Chauncey, as well as grandsons, Isaiah and Nasir.
Cause of Death
Louis Orr, who previously coached at Seton Hall and played for the Knicks, has died at age 64.
“On 12/15/2022, Louis Orr was called home to be with the Lord as his battle with cancer has come to an end,” his family said in a statement. “He was a much loved and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He will be missed forever!”
The news was first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
“I have lost a great friend,” Ewing said in a statement via Georgetown. “Someone who has been in my life since I was 22 years old. We developed a friendship and a brotherhood. He was always someone I could talk to: we talked about life, we talked about basketball, we talked about family. He will be truly missed and will always be a part of this Hoya program.”
Among the mourners was Rick Pitino, currently Iona’s head coach, who coached Orr as an assistant at Syracuse and as the Knicks’ head coach.
“So heartbroken with the news of the passing of Louis Orr,” Pitino tweeted. “My first recruit from Syracuse and a Knick player was a very nice person to play in the NBA – our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”