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Former WVU assistant basketball coach, fundraiser McPherson dies

MORGANTOWN — Former long-time WVU assistant men’s basketball coach and fundraiser Gary McPherson died Wednesday evening.

McPherson, whose affiliation with West Virginia University spanned 40 years, was 82.

His daughter Missy announced the news on Facebook.

“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart to tell you that the most wonderful man in my life, my Dad, has gone to heaven to be with Christ and Jesus. His body is whole again and, he is free to enjoy life. Funeral arrangements have yet to be made, but once decided, will be posted. Please respect our family’s privacy at this very difficult time.”

McPherson served as an assistant coach for a total of 20 years, serving from 1970-1974 under Sonny Moran and an additional 15 seasons with Gale Catlett.

He also served six years as the director of the Mountaineer Athletics Club and then 14 years as a senior development officer in continuation of fundraising for athletics. He retired in 2013.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later this week.