Former Merrimack men’s basketball head coach Bert Hammel has died, The Mack Report has learned. Hammel was the head coach of the Warriors for 36 years, up until 2016.
He was a legendary coach at Merrimack College, winning 526 games in 36 seasons (1980-81 through 2015-16). The school renamed the court in his honor.
The former Bentley star (Class of ‘73) from Long Island loved his players, his family and the youths from the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club.
His work with the area youth was the stuff of legend. He founded the Academic Basketball Awareness at Merrimack and over the decades touched the lives of thousands of Lawrence youth through two things he knew best: tough love and basketball.
Just this past January, he was named Eagle-Tribune Sportsman of the Year.
Hammel suffered a near fatal heart attack a little over a year ago. He was given “a 10 percent” chance of recovery but made an impressive recovery.
We’ll have more info on Hammel’s services when they become available. The Mack Report offers our deepest condolences to Hammel’s wife, Jill, as well as his daughter Alexandria and his sons Lucas and Cooper.