Basketball Legend Jack Devine Passes Away in Sea Isle, N.J.
June 17, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Jack Devine, a standout during his career as a Villanova Wildcat under coach Al Severance in the 1950's who later served as an assistant coach for the team, died on June 15 in Sea Isle, N.J.
Devine excelled for the Wildcats during a career from 1951-55 (revamped eligibility rules implemented during the Korean War allowed him to play four seasons of varsity basketball). Named a team captain as a junior, Devine, a product of Philadelphia's West Catholic High School, went on to establish himself as one of the outstanding rebounders in program history. His 1,181 rebounds still rank third all-time - only Howard Porter (1,317) and Jim Washington (1,194) collected more.
In addition, Devine is one of only 59 athletes in program history to score 1,000 or more points in his time in the Blue and White. Devine averaged 11.2 ppg for a total of 1,263 points in his stint at Villanova and ranks 39th on the all-time list. He is one of only five Wildcats to amass 1,000 or more points and rebounds, joining Porter, Washington, Ed Pinckney and Harold Pressley in that select fraternity.
Following his playing days, Devine coached West Catholic High School for three seasons before joining the staff of head coach Jack Kraft at his college alma mater. In addition to serving as an assistant, he was the head coach of the freshman squad, helping to mentor young Wildcats like Bill Melchionni, Washington and George Leftwich as they began their college careers.
"Jack Devine was an outstanding player and coach at a time when Villanova Basketball grew to become a nationally prominent program," stated head coach Jay Wright. "He was always very supportive of our team and staff. The Nova Nation has lost a great gentleman."
A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, 11 A.M., at St. Joseph Church, 43rd St. and Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City, N.J. 08243. Relatives and friends are invited to Visitation at the Church Thursday, 9-10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to West Catholic High School, 4501 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19139, or Villanova University, 800 E. Lancaster Ave. Villanova, Pa. 19085.
A complete obituary can be found here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?n=jack-devine&pid=171383337&fhid=4331