Bob May, the coach who led UND to its first national championship in 1959, has died, the university said this morning.
May coached the school for two seasons from 1957-59, leading UND to its first conference title in 1958, followed by its first national title in 1959. He coached some of UND’s all-time legends in players like Reg Morelli and Bill Steenson.
May’s teams went 44-17-2 in the two seasons he coached.
He also played for UND for two years from 1949-51 under Fido Purpur.
After coaching, May became a dentist.
UND media relations contact Jayson Hajdu said: “We are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Bob May this morning. On behalf of UND Athletics, our condolences go out to Dr. May’s friends and family. A true pioneer and friend to our university.”