2019 : Former MSU Basketball Coach Gus Ganakas Dies

January 11, 2023 all-day

Gus Ganakas, former MSU basketball coach, died today at the age of 92. One of MSU’s all time great athletic ambassadors. 

Ganakas was the head coach for the Spartans from 1969-76.  His best season with the Spartans was in the 1974-75 season when State went 17-9 overall and 10-8 in Big Ten play, good for fifth in the Big Ten.

Ganakas was the lead radio analyst for Michigan State basketball for more than three decades, and was an ambassador for the program for the rest of his life.

Before taking the MSU job, Gus was the head boys basketball coach at East Lansing High School, leading the Trojans to an undefeated season and a state title in 1958.

Source : Tim Staudt.