March 22, 2013
CHICAGO - John Tracy, a former assistant men's basketball coach and color analyst on Loyola University Chicago radio and television broadcasts passed away Saturday (March 16) at the age of 67. An Evergreen Park, Ill., native, Tracy served as an assistant coach at Loyola under Gene Sullivan during the 1988-89 season.
As a member of the Loyola staff, Tracy coached Rambler greats Keith Gailes and Keir Rogers, and helped the program to 11 victories in his lone season as an assistant to Sullivan. From 2009-11, Tracy was a color analyst on both radio and television broadcasts alongside John Fitzgerald, for Loyola men's basketball games.
A graduate of Brother Rice High School, Tracy earned a varsity letter in basketball at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to arriving at Loyola, he was a head basketball coach at Marquette Catholic High School in Michigan City, Ind., where his team won four conference titles, and served as dean of students and head basketball coach at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. A 2011 inductee into Brother Rice's Circle of Champions, Tracy was also enshrined in the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame in 2012.
Visitation will be held Saturday, March 23, at Saint Ignatius Prep (Tully Hall) at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by a funeral Mass at Holy Family Church at 12:30 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Marquette Foundation-John Tracy Award, 306 W. 10th Street, Michigan City, IN 46360, or Brother Rice High School, 1001 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60655, or St. Ignatius College Prep, 1076 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608.