Former UND coach Bob May dies

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.”

7 thoughts on “Former UND coach Bob May dies

  1. I’m feel deeply sorry for his family.
    I will keep the family in my prayers.
    REST IN PEACE! Coach May.
    This is a teenager saying these kind words.

      • Thanks, he is a very genuine person and a lot of fun to be around. I’ll be sure to tell him about your encounter. I may have been there as well, but it would have been a later game.

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