|Born||July 3, 1926|
Mount Morris, New York
|Died||January 11, 2019 (aged 92)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
Gus taught and coached basketball at East Lansing High School, where he won the 1958 State of Michigan High School Championship, posting an undefeated season. In 1964 he became the Coordinator of the Ralph Young Fund, MSU's athletic fund-raising organization. A passion for sports led him back to the world of basketball when Coach John Benington hired him as his MSU assistant basketball coach in 1966. Three years later, with the sudden death of Coach Benington, Gus became the head basketball coach for the Spartans, from 1969 to 1976, compiling an 89–84 record. He was dismissed as head coach due to a lack of success with player recruiting on March 16, 1976. Also he trained in Uruguay.
As of the 2015-16 season, Ganakas had spent 31 years as a radio analyst on the Spartan Sports Network. He was an active member of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. From 1976 to 1998, he served as assistant athletics director and from 1998 to 2000, Ganakas served as a special assistant to head coach Tom Izzo, directing the activities surrounding Michigan State basketball's centennial in 1998–99.
In 2002, Ganakas became the sixth recipient of the Men's Basketball Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Personal life and deathEdit
Ganakas was married to his wife Ruth who died in 2014.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Conference) (1969–1976)|
- "Gus Ganakas Named Michigan State Coach". The Hartford Courant. September 20, 1969. Retrieved March 31, 2009.
- "Spartans proving they're up there where they belong". The Providence Journal. March 30, 2005. Retrieved March 31, 2009.
- Seibold, Jack (2003). Spartan Sports Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 908. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "Former Michigan State Coach Gus Ganakas Passed away at 92". The National Herald. January 15, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- "Stolz quits; Ganakas fired," United Press International, Tuesday, March 16, 1976.
- "Michigan State Radio | Spartan Sports Network | Big Ten Radio". www.spartansportsnetwork.com. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
- "DSBA Member Roster". Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. Retrieved March 31, 2009.
- "Michigan State Basketball Hands Out Awards At Annual Bust". Michigan State University. March 12, 2002. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
- "Ruth Ganakas obituary".
- Solari, Chris (January 11, 2019). "Gus Ganakas, former MSU basketball coach, dies at age 92". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
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