| Overall UK Wins: 1 | Overall UK Losses: 1 | Win % 50 |
Date of Birth: June 18, 1926
Date of Death: March 26, 2016
Hometown: Greeley, CO
Alma Mater: Colorado State College of Education 
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|3/12/1970||Kentucky vs. Notre Dame||W||109 - 99||24||26||34||32||1||3||-||Ernie Filiberti and Rudy Marich|
|3/14/1970||Kentucky vs. Jacksonville||L||100 - 106||26||20||24||36||4||0||-||Rudy Marich and Bill Bussenius|
Obituary - Greeley Tribune (April 9, 2016)
Rudy Marich was born on June 18, 1926, in Ely, Minn., to Anna and Michael Marich, and passed away on March 26, 2016, in Sun City, Arizona.
An open house memorial will be held from noon-4 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 2016, at his home.
A Colorado memorial service is pending. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Swift Kids Branch, 6420 West Maryland Ave., Glendale, Ariz., 85311.
He attended Itasca Junior College in Itasca, Minn., and graduated from Colorado State College of Education (currently University of Northern Colorado) in 1950 with a BA in Physical Education. In 1952, Rudy received his Master's Degree in Education Administration from the same institution.
He taught physical education and coached in the Greeley Public Schools from 1952-64 at Lincoln Elementary, Park, and Meeker Junior High. He coached football at Meeker Junior High. One of Rudy's greatest passions in life was teaching and mentoring young students. He inspired many of his students to achieve their goals, push themselves further in school and take on leadership opportunities.
Another passion of Rudy's was sports. He expanded his love for sports by officiating college football and basketball until his late-50s, traveling all over the United States and abroad. He officiated the 1971 NCAA Final Four in College Park, Maryland. One of his most famous officiating calls was made in the 1966 NCAA playoff basketball game between Texas Western College and Kansas. This courageous, critical call contributed to Texas Western winning the game, and the film, The Glory Road, tells the story how one team triumphed against the odds and changed America forever. This film is based upon the book, Glory Road, written by Don Haskins and Dan Wetzel.
After teaching, Rudy changed career paths and became a stockbroker for Boettcher & Company in the Greeley office. In later years, Rudy and Betty Marich were sole shareholders in Carleton Financial Group that operated an international broker/dealer business.
Sisters, Violet, Jean, Mary and Connie; and brother, Mihael precede him in death. Rudy is survived by his loving wife Betty; son, Michael Kent; and daughter, Patti from his first marriage to Dolores Marich; grandchildren, Amanda, Matt and Erik; and 10 nieces and nephews. He was known to his grandchildren as Papa.
Rudy's granddaughter, Amanda, made a special tribute to her ‘Papa', where she noted his generous and kind soul that lifted the spirits of everyone around him. Papa and Betty loved to travel and shared their adventurous spirit with their grandchildren; taking them on memorable trips that were always fun, exciting and filled with lots of ice cream! Rudy's work ethic, magnetic personality and passion for life will never be forgotten. He was a remarkable man to many and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.